<< Chapter < Page Chapter >> Page >
This module represents a discussion of vowel modification. Usually singers, particularly young singers, tend toward too much brightness in their vowel production. Suggestions are made here to assist in modifying the vowel sounds toward a deeper, richer result.

Darkening vowels

Young voices tend to sing with too much shallowness and brightness in the tone. Modification of the brighter vowels to a darker vowel will actually bring the voices to a desired vowel somewhere in the middle of the tonal color range.

Choirs can also successfully shade a vowel by thinking one vowel while singing another. The same effect can be obtained by implying one vowel while singing another. It is also quite easy to ask a choir to "feed a little oo" into an | i | (ee) vowel to help the depth of the tone.

Often the | i | (ee) vowel, for example, is shallow and piercing. Generally more room in the mouth is needed to give the vowel a deeper sound. In addition, the choir may be instructed to shape more for | u | (oo) and sing | i | (ee). Do not shape quite enough toward | u | (oo) to make the German umlauted | u | sound, however.

When one asks for a darker color one should not confuse this with asking for a darker quality, or what is usually known as throatiness. The vocal production can remain the same but the color of the vowel will be changed.

Another vowel that often lacks any true placement in young singers is the | I | (ih) vowel. If it is not properly placed it will sound blatant and will also affect the intonation. By placing some of the vowel | u | (oo) into this sound, it will have a better shape and produce a more pleasant tone.

Choirs tend to sing many words without much thought. One of the results of this is a lack of continuity in the vowel production. Some words will be dark, others bright, and others somewhere in between these two extremes. In order to create a more musical and flowing line, a conductor must have the ability to slightly alter vowel sounds. When one trims the harsh edge off a vowel sound or modifies one vowel to match others in the line, one will begin to hear the refinement in the tone that is desired.

Table 4.4 lists several vowels that often need modification with amateur singers. Judicious use of this chart will be an aid to a choral director. If the technique is overdone, it will, as will the extreme or misguided use of any method, have adverse effects on the sound of the ensemble.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
Privacy Information Security Software Version 1.1a
Got questions? Join the online conversation and get instant answers!
Jobilize.com Reply

Get the best Algebra and trigonometry course in your pocket!

Source:  OpenStax, Choral techniques. OpenStax CNX. Mar 08, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11191/1.1
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Notification Switch

Would you like to follow the 'Choral techniques' conversation and receive update notifications?