How to Sing American (eBook + Online Audio)
Pronunciation for Jazz, Rock, R&B and Other Non-Classical Singers
This book teaches non-classical or pop-style singers how to pronounce lyrics in American English. Its primary audience is singers with English as a second language, but all singers of pop music, and indeed anyone wishing to improve their vocal technique, can benefit from this book. Through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, which assigns a specific symbol to each consonant and vowel sound, singers can immediately produce American sounds devoid of any local accents. Each sound is taught through ...more
Product Number:
99584BCDEB
Format:
eBook + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Beginning
Pages:
56
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6106-5786-1
ISBN13:
978-16106-5786-0
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
8/18/2011
This book teaches non-classical or pop-style singers how to pronounce lyrics in American English. Its primary audience is singers with English as a second language, but all singers of pop music, and indeed anyone wishing to improve their vocal technique, can benefit from this book. Through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, which assigns a specific symbol to each consonant and vowel sound, singers can immediately produce American sounds devoid of any local accents. Each sound is taught through a list of several practice words, photographs of mouth positions, and examples on the accompanying online audio. Includes access to online audio.
How to Sing American
How to use this book
Symbols used in this book
The IPA Vowel Triangle
Vowel Triangle mouth positions
The "R" Pages
Removing the Silent "E"
Syllabification
More syllabification
How to write lyrics for IPA analysis

Part I - Vowels
[u]
[i]
backwards c
inverted V

[I]
[I] [i] Comparison
[E]
[U]
ae
[a]
schwa
[I] [E] Comparison
Diction Quiz - vowels
cve Comparison
Comparison of all vowels
Differences from dictionary for singers

Diphthongs
1. [a:i]
2. [E:i]
3. ci
4. [a:u]
5. cu
Diphthong Review
Comparison of All Diphthongs
American Diction Checkup


Part II - Consonants
Differences from Classical singing
How to Work on the Consonants
Consonant Schedule
[r] [l] Comparison
Consonants I
Consonants II
Consonants III
omega-delta Comparison
Consonant Combinations with "r"
Classwork on consonants
Voiced and Unvoiced Consonants


Appendix
How to Sing American CD
Song Lyrics in IPA
- Beautiful Dreamer
- Mystery Song
IPA fonts
Answers to diction quiz p. 32
Answers to American diction checkup p. 44
 
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