How to Sing Vowels and Consonants

Hey everybody! Benny here from SingNow Studio.

Today, we’re going to talk about how to sing vowels and consonants and how they relate to breathing. When you sing, you want to flow with the vowels and not let the consonants get in the way.

Why do I say that? First, let’s talk about how vowels and consonants are formed. When you sing vowels, there’s a continuous stream of air. Whereas when you sing consonants, you stop the air before singing them. (Watch the video to see what I mean).

Remember, singing is all about the breath because air is our fuel. Since consonants are formed by stopping the breath, if you overenunciate/over-sing the consonants, you’re going to stop the airflow too often – making you go out of breath.

That’s why we want to flow with the vowels when we sing.

Imagine you’re standing at a river bank. You are trying to cross the river. There are rocks sticking out of the water surface. So you skip from one rock to another until you get to the other side. Those rocks are like vowels. When you’re singing, you jump from one rock to the next, to the next – flowing from one vowels to the next, to the next, until you get to the other side.

Have a try and let me know what you think by commenting below.



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Benny Ng is a master singing teacher/vocal coach on the Northern Beaches, Sydney. He’s been teaching singing lessons in Sydney since 2011.

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