Secrets of Singing with Power Part 2
By Jeannie Deva
Vowels and Consonants
Vowel sounds originate from the vibration of your vocal folds. Consonants are created with an exhaled air stream and are formed by your mouth. If emphasized, consonants will push out too much air and tense the muscles in your throat and mouth. This condition makes it difficult for your voice to work well. In response, your throat and tongue muscles may tighten in an effort to produce the note despite too much air coming out.
It will produce strain, a choked sound, off pitch notes, entirely missed notes, register break and result in vocal fatigue. The problem usually becomes more severe as you sing higher and louder. When you work correctly with vowels, it will relax the acoustic chamber of your throat and mouth which increases your volume through resonance. Consonants should not be stressed as you sing. Let the vowels take the spotlight.
Self Test: Say the word "how." Put extra emphasis on the "H" as you do so. Now sing the word in the same way. Notice how your throat feels and your voice sounds when stressing the "H" sound. Sing the word again and this time, as you sustain the tone, form the "W." Decide if you like this outcome. Now try singing it with minimal air on the "H" and instead, emphasizing the "O" (which will sound more like an "Ah" when you sing it). Notice the result. Emphasizing the vowel sound should feel and sound better.
Putting This to Use Go through a song you find challenging, as follows:
Your wisdom, guidance, support and love have helped me do things I never knew I could do. You truly have a gift! I'll treasure the ones you've passed along to me for a lifetime!