watch your tongue!
However, tension in the tongue is not only due to the tongue. Which is why additional focus will be payed to other body mechanics, such as head, neck and jaw, by starting with proper body posture. Exercises and strategies combined with principles from various methods of conscious control and awareness in movement will help free the tongue, body, mind, and ultimately the voice.
why consonants matter
Presentation at 45th Annual Symposium:
Care of the Professional Voice June 5, 2016
A vast majority of the technical problems in the quest for great diction with luxurious tone occur when singers combine vowels and consonants. No matter how beautiful our tone is when singing vowels, if we then access the speech template for inadequate consonants, the vowels will surely suffer as a consequence. Consonants carry much of the burden of dramatic interpretation in singing. However, because they are mostly executed at virtually the same speed whether spoken or sung, the singer needs to modify them to have much more resonance and amplitude than those in speech.
This research – which is in part piggybacking on the data from The Low Mandible Maneuver – as well as the spectrograms of the great singers do show areas of resonance in the consonants that suggest the same vocal tract set that they use in their spectacular vowels. The research was presented at 45th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice June 5, 2016 and employs videos, acoustic analysis (spectrography) and stop-action imagery to illustrate the importance of consonant resonance (CR) as well as on how to maneuver the tongue for best results through the biofeedback of ultrasound.