Welcome to Bohemian Vocal Studio’s premium Consonant Guide. No doubt we’ve been through your unique consonant and onset issues in our Skype sessions, and it’s important you understand that consonant grouping (along with most aspects of great singing) really isn’t a “one size fits all” approach – it’s likely you have specific consonant issues regarding your unique resonators, voice type and native tongue compared to any other singers, or myself personally.
This consonant guide is the “general” how-to of consonant grouping and should be treated as such – if you’re not struggling with a “W” consonant, then don’t mangle your words by trying to impart an “OO” character when it’s really not required with your unique voice build.
Glottal consonants (and glottal vowel production) is something that I personally struggled with as a fledgeling singer, in part due to my low voice type but also due to my Australian accent which is known for the glottal-stop nature of our speech. By ‘glottal’ I generally mean that the epiglottis (ie: you’re throat!) is closed HARD before you reach a vowel onset or consonant – basically when you ‘yell’ with force, this is a glottal stop or onset.
If you’re experiencing an issue with a consonant sound, let me know in the comments below.
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.