How To Sing With Vowel Modification

So you want to sing better.

And you've heard that Vowel Modification is the key to great singing.

But HOW to sing with vowel modification is proving to be a total mystery - and after all, your favourite singers sound like they're singing normal words without changing their vowel sounds, so what gives?

Is it a marketing term?

Is the the real deal?

What IS Vowel Modification anyway?

And most importantly - How do you actually SING with vowel modification?

You, my internet friend, are in the best luck of your life; because I'm going to show you exactly how to sing with vowel modification. Not just talk about it. Not tell you that it's "in my course". Not just tell you how great I am at it. But actually SHOW you how it's done exactly the pro's do it.

But before we do, let me tell you the MANY reasons you should absolutely 100% listen to what I have to say.

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Okay okay, we get it - your voice is totally nuts, and you're one of the most sought after voice coaches out there. So why haven't I heard of you before, and why should I listen to what you're telling me? 

Well, I'm what you call a "niche" voice coach - basically, someone who only works with a select group of super dedicated students.

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Now that I've got your full, undivided attention, let's talk about Vowel Modification.

 

 

What Is Vowel Modification Anyway?

Let's get straight into it.

Vowel Modification has little to do with your "vowel" in terms of speech vowels A, E, I, O, U that no doubt come with a hefty dose of your local accent and native tongue - and absolutely everything to do with the shape/size of your vocal tract and the formant overtone that occurs when you ping that resonance within the space correctly.

Before we talk vowel modification, it's important that you first really understand what VOWEL actually means when you sing.

When it comes to most speaking accents, like my Aussie accent for example - my speech vowels are formed predominantly through the articulators; the mouth, the tip of the tongue, the teeth etc. But when you sing correctly, your vowel is formed in the pharyngeal space created by raising the soft palate and altering the shape of the vocal tract to accentuate or dampen peak frequencies within your vowel, register and tone.

If this is all sound a little to heavy for you, that's okay - you can skip this technique heavy part and scroll right down to the bottom of the page and I'll show you exactly how to do it yourself in the final video.

Now, each register of the voice really corresponds to a specific tonal quality within each vowel - meaning that your base vowel, like the AH vowel for a word like "Hard" for example, would become slightly altered within the vocal tract as the soft palate widens and raises up into the pharyngeal space at your first break, becoming a subtle, and I mean SUPER subtle "Hawed" without actually changing the base vowel sound. AH sung as HARD in chest voice becomes AH sung as HAWED around the first break period.

There's actually four of these vowel overtone shifts for each base vowel sound, but we'll get to that in a minute.

In short, speaking and singing really AREN'T the same thing, no matter how many YouTube videos you watch of guys telling you to "sing like you speak" which is really just a misnomer and a way to market singing to the casual listener rather than people looking to become serious singers with life long singing careers.

I'm not saying that to be harsh, I'm just pointing out that vowel modification occurs exclusively within the vocal tract, not your speech sounds - so if you "sing like you speak", you're not able to form your vowel sounds correctly, and you're not going to able to sing with vowel modification, ergo; you're not really singing at all.

That just about covers what vowel modification IS, so lets talk specifics on HOW to sing with vowel modification.

 

Mouth, Tongue and Tract

Modifications In The Vocal Tract

Peak Resonance and Power

How To Sing With Vowel Modification [The Right Way]

Alright, now that you understand that vowel modification refers more to your register overtone and tonal quality within the vowel than how you sing the vowel itself, I'm going to show you exactly how to do it.

Now, Vowel Modification really can be quite confusing when you're first getting started - especially when it's written out in a vowel chart like "AH-AW/OU-OO" or "AY-EH-IH-EE"

I mean, who can learn anything about singing from that? I know I didn't.

So I'm going to show you how to do it in this video - don't worry, it's super practical and straight to the point. If you want to learn how to Modify your vowels, you absolutely MUST watch this next video:

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