Magic Choral Trick #86 Glottal Attacks
Let’s never ever do these again.
A glottal attack is the little grunty, over enthusiastic start that many singers use at the onset of a vowel at the beginning of a word.
Here’s what’s wrong with glottal attacks:
Once you’ve done this, it’s really difficult to get the sound forward in the mouth – since all the glottal action happens in the throat.
It takes the vocal cords a little while to recover – and over time is hard on the voice.
It’s almost impossible to blend multiple enthusiastic grunts.
Glottal attacks from even a couple of people are usually unsynchronized, and make it obvious that not everyone is clear about exactly when the note is supposed to start.
And it’s just not a pleasant sound.
I like to work on a more pouffy vowel attack in warm up. Think of starting the vowel with a little puff of air – though not enough to make it sound like an ‘h’.
Or think of gliding in for a landing at the edge of the vowel.
Or imagine starting the vowel as a very thin ray of laser beam.
Or imagine just joining the vowel as if it’s already in progress. As if it’s the thin end of the wedge of vowel sound.