Can someone sing with language training
Pronunciation training and singing - a lot in common
The famous singing teacher Hussler emphasizes the fundamental difference between singing and speaking (singing. The physical nature of the vocal organ), but nevertheless there are surprisingly many similarities between learning to pronounce a foreign language and learning vocal technique. I would like to illustrate some of the similarities here.
CORRECTION FROM THE OUTSIDE
Everyone hears themselves differently than outside people. Many will perhaps remember how "weird" your own voice sounded when you first recorded it and that the idea of your own voice was completely different before. Objectively hearing your own voice is very difficult and therefore you always have to rely on someone outside to improve your pronunciation and also when singing. If possible, this should be a specially trained person.
REGULAR PRACTICE REQUIRED
When singing and practicing pronunciation, it is generally not enough to just attend class. Most of the time you have to practice on your own for a much longer period of time, which is why it is incredibly important to get professional guidance so that you don't practice incorrectly. Ideally, you practice daily.
What doesn’t work out slowly will not work quickly either, which is why it can be very useful to practice slowly with vocal literature and problematic sounds. If that works, you can gradually accelerate.
NOT ONLY HEAR, BUT ALSO FEEL
An expert can judge whether the pronunciation or vocal technique is correct. One "feels" it in oneself rather than hearing it. This applies to all areas of pronunciation and singing, but is most common with problematic consonants and when singing at extreme heights.
AUTOMATED ERRORS ARE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT TO CORRECT
If you have acquired a wrong singing technique or a wrong pronunciation for years, then it is all the more difficult to correct it. The errors are then automated to such an extent that you yourself perceive them as correct. So it is beneficial to learn the correct technique or pronunciation right from the start.
TRANSFERRING THE RIGHT POSTION TO ANOTHER CONTEXT
If a certain high note works well in one context but not in another, then you can practice the simple context first and then transfer the exercise to the more difficult context. This can be, for example, a change in the vowel or the change in the preceding consonant. You can proceed in a similar way with the pronunciation. If, for example, a voiced "s" works in the middle of the word, but not in the wording, you can try to pronounce it in the middle of the word and then gradually omit sounds until it is at the beginning of the word.
SINGING AND PRONUNCIATION AT THE SAME TIME
It should also be mentioned that singing and pronunciation training can also take place in combination, especially when someone sings in a foreign language. One should also bear in mind that ultimately no language is sung exactly as it is spoken. One example is the obligatory tongue tip r in English when it comes to classical singing such as in Handel oratorios. The singing teacher should also understand something about pronunciation and the pronunciation trainer of a singer should also know something about singing, or even better, if you have two experts available for this.
You can find information about my pronunciation program for the German language here: https://www.iseu.de/aussprachetraining/
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