Student Q & A

Why can’t people understand me when I sing?

Answer: If you struggle to pronounce the words you’re singing clearly, your articulators – tongue, jaw and lips – might be interfering in other dimensions such as range or tone. Focus on articulation based exercises to build the skills to separate articulation from the other dimensions. This helps with pronunciation and enables you to connect better to your audience.

Why does my jaw hurt after singing?

Answer: When you vocalize, make sure to follow the Guidelines and avoid exterior muscles to jump in and “assist.” This will help to keep your articulators – tongue, jaw and lips – more relaxed and avoid pain. If your jaw hurts even when you’re not singing, it’s recommended to see a professional.

Will articulation exercises help me sing rap and hip-hop?

Answer: Clear pronunciation is essential to communicate the fast and rhythmic phrases that are common in rap and hip-hop. Articulation based exercises will train your articulators – lips, tongue and jaw – so you can deliver your lyrics effortlessly.

Why do my vowels change on higher pitches?

Answer: Singers often modify vowels on different pitches to assist in the tonal quality of a note. This modification however should be a choice, and not a last resort. Vocalize all of the vowels at different volumes throughout your range without modifying them in order to have clearer pronunciation and more artistic choices available.

Do I have to keep my tongue forward when I’m singing?

Answer: The tongue forward position is only for the vocal gym. This variable prevents us from relying on the tongue to assist with breathing and intonation. When vocalizing, keep the tongue forward when it’s part of your exercise. But when you sing, let it move freely to adequately express the song.

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