The ‘tion’ combo is our focus today, and it’s actually incredibly uniform. Any time you see that ‘tion’ at the end of a word, you’ll be turning it into a small ‘schwa’ sound, just like ‘a’, or ‘after’. I know – it’s so tempting to make it huge, like ‘Shaun’ or ‘shun’. But really, it’s[…]
Another combination to be aware of today – the ‘oth’ sound doesn’t tend to go how you think it will. It’s actually much more of a ‘uh’ sound, like ‘such’ or ‘much’. Get the lowdown on how to square off the mouth, relax the tongue and prevent the ‘oh’ sound from sneaking more.
The Diamond of Support is a killer exercise from Janice Chapman in her book Singing and Teaching Singing. It neatly explains in an easy-to-use exercise how the abdomen should be working in order to keep the voice healthy and strong. It also neatly cuts out tension from the rectus abdominis, a nasty centre for[…]