How to Pronounce Words When Singing

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Pronouncing words when singing means reading up on vocal literature, learning how to accent consonants and practicing strong word endings. Communicate clearly to a large audience with help from a professional singer and vocal teacher in this free video on pronunciation in singing.

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Hello, I'm Kendall McGuire, professional singer and vocal teacher in Tampa Bay, Florida. And today I'm going to help you with pronouncing words when singing. You might need a keyboard and some vocal literature, and perhaps a glass of water to hydrate you as you're going through the process. As you know, singing is communication. What's the point of singing a song if no one even knows what you're singing about? Pronunciation is so key. How you can practice pronunciating words is to simply take the vocal literature, hopefully you've purchased sheet music on line or even at a local music store, and you can begin to read the actual text. First of all knowing what the text means, what are you trying communicate, what is the back story here, what is the history, what is the location of the aria or even the ballad that you're singing if you're doing a sixties or seventies piece or any kind of modern or contemporary literature, and what your saying. And then, reading over the words; Tom went to the store. Tom, really accenting the consonants..T-om and then ending the words well. Ta went to the store..Ta went to the store, no, Tom went to the store. You might consider leaving a slight gap in between verbs and in between various words. Tom..went..to..the store. You wouldn't want to say, Tomwentothestore, and blur it all together. Just remember, over pronunciate. You're communicating often out to a large audience a large crowd. And in order to communicate, though it might sound silly to you, because you're right close to your head, really use a good accurate diction, is the way that you're actually going to be able to communicate to your audience or your crowd. So, practice accenting the consonants in the beginning of the words, practice your good strong word endings, and practice understanding the meaning and really do your work with your research in developing, what am I saying so that the sentence makes sense as a whole and thus will be better communicated to the audience. Enjoy, I'm Kendall McGuire.

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