Magic Choral Trick #387 Revisiting the ‘ee’ and ‘ay’ Vowels

In previous posts I’ve mentioned that the tip of the tongue needs to rest lightly behind the lower teeth at the gum line – for all vowels.

However, ‘ee’ and ‘ay’ offer a portal into a new increased resonance when the back of the tongue is relaxed, and is allowed to float up so that the sides of the tongue lightly touch the upper back molars.

I know that this seems counter intuitive – that the floated up tongue is now blocking the sound path. But what’s happening is that more resonating space is being opened up, and we remain more conscious of and committed to keeping the tongue relaxed. (A tight tongue is the fastest way to kill off resonance.)

‘Ee’ and ‘ay’ are the easiest way to discover more ping and ring – but once we get accustomed to the feel of the increased resonance for those two vowels we can begin to play with matching the feel of that level of resonance with ‘oh’, ‘ah’ and ‘oo’.

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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