- What articulation is and why it is important
- The function of the articulators and related muscles
- Why the larynx needs to “float”
Articulation refers to diction.
Improving articulation is important because it will help you:
Articulation is dependent on the articulator muscles, which can be broken down into three muscle groups: tongue, jaw and lip.
The larynx, located at the top of the trachea, is suspended from the muscles above it. These muscles primarily consist of the tongue and jaw articulators, which means the position and movement of the tongue and jaw will often affect the position of the larynx itself. As a result, any tension or unwanted stress in the articulator muscles can cause unintentional tonal sounds, as well as general vocal fatigue. In order to express desired tones and lyrics that are comprehensible at the same time, it is vital that the larynx is able to “float” and be free to move.
Find a favorite “tongue twister”, such as “Sally sells seashells by the seashore…“, and sing it with a familiar melody or scale as quickly as you can without losing clarity of the words: