Presenter Ruth Rainero
Presentation Title The Tongue as Culprit - Increasing vowel clarity and improving legato through releasing unnecessary tongue tension
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1 Unidentified audience member – I’m a singer and an instructor. One thing that you brought up in here were some of the vowels used for specifically European speaking students. In the western part of Canada, I don’t know if you realize, but we have a very, very high population in that greater Vancouver area of Asians, which is a big ESL challenge. Now that’s not even a Western language. I missed the talk early on Thursday AM in Indian classical singing, because we also have a very high population of East Indians in the mainland as well. [….click on audio link for the rest]. Audio link.
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2 Carol Eikum – I have a question that I don’t think I’ve ever heard asked anywhere, and I have waited a long time to hear about it. When I was a freshman in high school, my dentist took off my braces after 4 years of torture. He said to me "your tongue is now too big for your mouth," and sent me on my way. I think this is a topic because I recall one of my teachers saying to put the tongue behind the lower teeth; but it doesn’t fit there. I have since encountered many students who have had that; they show me the size of their tongue to their mouth. This is a big diction issue; I have a little bit of a lisp as a result, and I have to do things to let the tongue stay forward in a different way than a voice teacher would be intuitive to ask me. Has anyone heard of this, studied it, or anything about it? Audio link.
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3 Melissa Malde – You mentioned the tongue trill (rolls r), and I have many students that can’t roll r’s, and I’ve always assumed that that’s a tongue tension issue. Audio link.
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