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 Tongue twisters
When you sing, you have to work much harder to produce clear words than when you are speaking. To get your tongue moving during your practice at home, try some tongue twisters like the ones on the right.
 Projecting consonants
Imagine you are in a big hall or a church. Choose a song or hymn and whisper the words with enough energy that someone could hear you from the other side of the room. Next, sing the song very quietly, but make the consonants loud and clear.
Try to remember the amount of energy you have used to produce clear consonants and aim to sing like this every time.
 Smooth lines
If you make consonants too strong, they will interrupt the line of the phrase. To practise singing legato (smoothly), sing a phrase on a single vowel several times, until you can sing it smoothly. Then sing it with the words, but try to keep the line as smooth as when you sang it on the vowel.
 Moving between vowels and consonants Use the words in the box, or your own list of words with consonants at the start and the end. Practise singing each of these words on one note in the middle of your range. Make the consonants short and the vowels long. How resonant can you make each vowel?
 Strength of consonants
Using the list of words above or some of your own, try these experiments with consonants. (Remember to keep the vowels resonant.) Sing each word:
Your job as a singer is to communicate the words and the music to your listeners. This means that your diction has to be clear – the consonants need to be precise and the vowel sounds as pure as possible.
    She sells sea shells on the sea shore Copper–bottomed coffee pot
The six thin things, the six thick things Red lorry, yellow lorry
  Think of a tongue twister of your own, write it here, and practise singing it.
        Loop L Need N Blend Bl Lark L Lord L
oo p ee d eh nd ah k aw d
 • quietly, with the consonants clear but not very loud
• quietly, with the consonants as loud as you can
• loudly, with the consonants clear but not loud
• loudly, with the consonants as loud as you can
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The relationship between the volume of consonants and the volume of vowels depends on the style of music. Try listening to a recording of yourself. Does the volume of vowels and consonants sound right? If you are not sure, ask your choir trainer.

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