Magic Choral Trick #226 Singing in Klingon

Ok – for those of you actual Klingon scholars who have come across this blog by chance, the specific sounds you want can be located at:

The singers in the crowd can keep reading.

Singing English the way it’s spoken leads to uneven sound – choked off by Rs, Ls and a tongue in constant motion as it moves slowly though diphongs, triphongs and a host of consonant blends.

Doing it right feels like singing in Klingon. (Clean target vowel – turning diphthong/final consonant/first consonant of the next word – target vowel of the next word.)

(More about Target Vowels )

If you’re doing it correctly it will take some time before it feels like you’re singing in English.

This is an essential step in the quest for clean, unified singing. And it absolutely has to become habit – body memory – in order to free your mind to once more be able to think in English.

Some examples:

Heart of my heart I love you (Heart of My Heart)


When the waves roll on over the water and ocean cries (We Rise Again)

Wentheuweh___eevesroh___oolaw___noh__veu_ertheu__wah__teu___er. Antheeoh___sheu__ncrah____eeze

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide (Abide With Me)

Uh___bah___eedwih___thmee___, Fa____stfaw___lsthee___ee___veu___ntah____eed.

On every one of the lines (___) above, make sure that there is absolutely no tongue tension.

The glorious sound of your voice is carried only on the vowels – not the consonants and definitely not on the tortuously slowly mangled diphthongs. So the goal here is to have about 95% of all sound being produced through clean, pure, un-tongue-hampered vowels.

About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

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