Chanting the Primary Vowel Sounds (Resonance)

how to warm up Jun 13, 2018

Did you know that vowel sounds are created by the shape and placement of your tongue in your mouth? Try a few vowel sounds to see what I mean!

First say a long “Ahhhh.” For this sound, your tongue is low in your mouth.

Next say a long “Ooohh.” For this sound, your tongue is high in the back of your mouth and your lips come forward.

Finally say a long “Eeeee.” For this sound, your tongue comes higher in the front of your mouth.

Can you feel all that?!?

In today’s How To Warm Up video, you’ll learn how to chant these three cardinal (primary) vowel sounds to create more resonance and power in your voice.

Try the Chanting the Primary Vowel Sounds exercise here: 

To cite where this is coming from… this exercise combines techniques that I’ve learned in my studies of yoga and Sanskrit, theatre voice training, singing pedagogy, and Body-Mind Centering. In other words, a lot of people think this vowel/directionality/chanting exploration is a thing! So I’m excited to share it with you.

Let me know what you think by commenting below… I’d love to hear what you discover!



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