Welcome to Omegabone.com. There are three systems that function together to make up the voice. In this video I will be discussing articulation. Thank you for joining me. So today’s exercise is Row your Boat. First I want you to write out the lyrics skipping a line in between each. Row Row Row your boat gently down the stream mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly mer-ri-ly life is but a dream. Okay. Then I want you to identify the pure vowel sound. Instead of Row you are going to write: Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh because Row your boat all have the base pure vowel Oh, Okay?
Row Row Row your boat
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh Oh
Gent-ly down the stream
Eh, ee, ahuh, uh ee
Mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly mer-ri-ly
eh lh ee, eh lh ee, eh lh ee eh lh ee
Life is but a dream
ahee ih uh uh ee
Okay then sing through the whole song with just the vowels okay and try to have not too much movement. Okay because a lot of times when we add consonants we tend to and we don’t need to do all of that. That is the point of this exercise is to keep everything in a small compact place Okay. Now I am going to add the consonants now remember the final R is going to be omitted Okay so where as you are going to sing the R for Row you’re not going to sing the R for your you are just going to sing you.:
Row, row, row your boat
(r)oh, (r )oh, (r )oh, (y ) oh (r) (b) oh (t)
Gent-ly down the stream
(j) eh (n) (t)-(l)ee (d)ahuh(n) (th)uh (s)(t)(r)ee(m)
Mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly, mer-ri-ly
(m)eh-(r)lh-(l)ee, (m)eh-(r)lh-(l)ee,(m)eh-(r)lh-(l)ee (m)eh-(r)lh-(l)ee
Life is but a dream!
(l)ahee(f) ih(s) (b)uh(t) uh (d)(r)ee(m)
Now this exercise can be done for any song and whenever you feel like you are not as clear um not being understood as well you want to go through this exercise and um clean up the diction and make sure you that you can hear every sound okay every sound that you are supposed to hear.
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