Polluted Vowels

Polluted Vowels I have noticed that my choirs often sing less-than-pure vowels when the end of the syllable/word contains a singable consonant. R’s, L’s, and N’s are especially troublesome. I call these polluted vowels. Vowels can also be polluted when anticipating the second half of a diphthong. Imagine you have a bottle of drinking water.

Better Vowels In An Instant

Better Vowels In An Instant Vowels, vowels, vowels. Choir directors are all about vowels. Vowels are all about shape. The biggest problem I encounter with vowels is that they lack height. Another problem is that they lack structure. Here are some tips to help both problems. AW-ROO – your new best friend.

Phrase Like Smarties

Phrase Like Smarties PHRASE LIKE SMARTIES A lot of singers sing note-to-note, giving each note a beginning / middle / end. That is to say, each word or even syllable is delivered as its own separate entity. This causes a choppy sound, undermines syllable stress, and robs the phrase of a connected line.