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How to Sing the Five Basic Singing Vowels

Audrey Hunt, author of "Anyone Can Sing," explains how we make sound.

Learn about the five pure primary vowels for singing.

Learn about the five pure primary vowels for singing.

The Five Pure Primary Vowels Used in Singing

If you want to improve your singing, pay attention to the way you are forming vowels. Every song you sing contains a vowel. Without vowels, words would make no sense at all.

For this purpose, it's crucial that you, the singer, have a solid knowledge of forming vowels. When you sustain a word in a song, it's always the vowel that is held. In order to be understood, it's necessary to position your mouth in a certain way, depending on the vowel itself. This is what you will learn here—and, as you do, your voice will love you for it.

Five Basic Vowels for Singing

The five primary vowels for singing are:

  • Ah—as in father
  • Eh—as in met
  • Ee—as in meet
  • Oh—as in home
  • Oo—as in blue

Proper Mouth Shape and Tongue Positioning Are Key

The key to good production of these five vowels is in the formation of the mouth, including the jaw and cheeks. Keep the lips relaxed as you gently position them for each vowel. Too much tension in the lip area will produce more tension in the tone, affecting your sound, and you don't want that to happen.

Each vowel should be enunciated with your tongue forward in the mouth, tucked neatly behind your bottom teeth. The back of the tongue should be kept away from the throat to keep the sound nice and clear. Keep the tongue relaxed and free from tension when singing.

Learning how to form your mouth for each vowel will take your voice to the next level.

Learning how to form your mouth for each vowel will take your voice to the next level.

"Singing brings out in me what I can't bring out in everyday life. It's an incredible feeling to bare your soul to people you've never met in a way that can make them understand so clearly what you mean. That's what I love most about singing . . . it becomes my truest form of communication."

— Josh Groban

Don't Sing Vowels the Same Way You Speak

It's easy to fall into the habit of singing indistinctly and not be aware of it. Most singers are surprised to find that they are committing this vocal sin. They have no idea that one of the reasons this happens is because they don't shape their lips correctly when they sing words containing vowels (which is most words.) They think they should pronounce words the same way they speak and wonder why their voice doesn't "carry." Also, sometimes their tone goes flat (it's not just a bad ear that causes off-key singing.).

Although there are 26 letters in the alphabet, there are only five primary vowels. These five vowels—Ah, Eh, Ee, Oh, Oo—when executed properly in singing, will help in "carrying" the tone, resulting in a much better sound. This is because vowels carry the greatest energy where the vocal tract is most open.

Each primary vowel requires a different mouth, lip, and jaw formation. Once you practice each formation, you'll be amazed at how your sound improves.

Now, let's begin with the powerful vowel, "Ah."

Place two fingers in the mouth to determine the correct mouth opening for singing any word containing the 'Ah' vowel.

Place two fingers in the mouth to determine the correct mouth opening for singing any word containing the 'Ah' vowel.

Mouth Positioning for the "Ah" Vowel

The position of the mouth for the sound of Ah is made with the mouth wide open but not so wide that tension sets in:

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  • Position the mouth in an oval shape.
  • Place 2 fingers (pointer and ring) between the top and bottom teeth lengthwise to assure that you have enough space.
  • Do not tense the jaw or tongue. It is crucial to keep these areas as relaxed as possible. This will give you a smooth and rich tone without tension.
  • With the mouth in this position speak the word "haaaaa." Hold on to the word sustaining the ah sound. Try a relaxed, gentle, sigh with the mouth in a yawning position.
  • Feel for vibrations across the nose area. Do not swallow the sound.
  • Follow this with singing the same word on an easy and comfortable tone. Be sure the pitch is not too low or too high. Make it sound like a long sigh.

Tip: Practice in front of a mirror so you can view your mouth position. Eventually, you will memorize the correct form, providing you practice often.

Words That Contain the 'Ah' Position

Here's a simple exercise that will help you to keep your mouth in the correct position for all words containing the vowel Ah.

  1. Standing or sitting in front of a mirror sing the Ah vowel and monitor your mouth position.
  2. After doing this several times, close your eyes repeating this exercise. As you are holding the sound (sustaining) open your eyes to see if your mouth is remaining open.
  3. Repeat the closing and opening of the eyes as you sing Ah several times.

Now sing the following words containing the ah position, monitoring your mouth opening by looking in the mirror again. Use a comfortable tone, not too low or too high.

  • Hot
  • Not
  • Brought
  • Fall
  • Father
  • Amen
  • Call
  • Doll
  • Taught
  • Ball

Remember to keep the open mouth position until the consonant makes a connection. In other words, don't allow the open mouth to change to a smaller opening as you approach the consonant. This is the key to making the word clear.

The sound of 'Eh' using this lip position.  Think of the word met.

The sound of 'Eh' using this lip position. Think of the word met.

Mouth Positioning for the 'Eh' Vowel

Think of the word "met." Sing the word met, sustaining the 'Eh' sound. The mistake most singers make is to sing 'Ih' instead of 'Eh.' As you attempt to sing this vowel, place your lips in such a way that you are just beginning a smile.

  1. Keep the tongue very relaxed in the bed of the mouth with the tip resting lightly against the bottom front teeth.
  2. Sing 'Meh sustaining the eh sound to give you time to make any necessary adjustments.
  3. Feel for light vibrations just above the upper lip and across the nose.
  4. Lingering on the "m" will add these vibrations if you fail to feel them.
  5. Using a mirror singing the following words on a light and easy tone monitoring the lip position:
  • Met
  • Set
  • Wet
  • Get
  • Let
  • Bet
  • Pet
  • Fret
  • Blend
  • Bend
The "Ee" vowel is formed as though you're beginning to smile.  For a darker Ee sound, bring the lips forward.

The "Ee" vowel is formed as though you're beginning to smile. For a darker Ee sound, bring the lips forward.

Mouth Positioning for the 'Ee' Vowel

I prefer using the sound of Ee when beginning warm-ups for the voice. Here's why. In teaching singers to concentrate on feeling vibrations through the hard palate (roof of the mouth.) the tongue is closer to this area than any other vowel. Developing rich resonating sounds is one of the main goals for excellent singing.

For this reason, I often start warming up the voice on the vowel Ee, gradually introducing other vowels as we work up and down the scales.

  1. The mouth position for Ee is a flat tongue resting against the bottom front teeth. The lips are in a relaxed slight "smile" position. The subtle rise of the cheeks will pull the lips into perfect position.
  2. Practice as outlined above to learn to form the Ee vowel. Don't rush this process. Then sing the following words containing the Ee sound on a warm comfortable tone:
  • Meet
  • Sweet
  • Feet
  • Leave
  • She
  • He
  • Be
  • See
  • We
Singer/Actor, Wren, shows the correct lip position for singing "Oh."

Singer/Actor, Wren, shows the correct lip position for singing "Oh."

Mouth Positioning for the 'Oh' Vowel

The Oh vowel is easy to learn but often executed incorrectly when singing a full word. So you will need full concentration for voicing this vowel. It's not uncommon to hear a singer produce the sound of "uh" instead of a nice round Oh.

Note: For vocalists who have been trained in the use of diphthongs, remember to add a quick " Oo" following the Oh. Example: Oh-oo. This only applies to a singular Oh vowel and not when it rests between consonants.

  1. To shape the lips to sing an Oh, simply form the lips into a round Oh. To test your mouth position opening - with the lips in the Oh position try to stick your pointer finger through the opening and back out again. The finger should not touch the lips (unless you have extra big fingers.)
  2. After singing this vowel several times, add the following words:
  • So
  • No
  • Ho
  • Though
  • Foe
  • Blow
  • Know
  • Cold
  • Broke
Student, singer, actor George Rose demonstrates mouth position for singing the "OO" vowel.

Student, singer, actor George Rose demonstrates mouth position for singing the "OO" vowel.

Mouth Positioning for the 'Oo' Vowel

Just pucker up as if to kiss someone and you have shaped the Oo vowel perfectly. That's all there is to it.

Then sing the following words using the sound of Oo:

  • Blue
  • Too
  • New
  • Do
  • Moo
  • Moon
  • June
  • Tune
  • Balloon
  • Room
  • Coo
  • Cool

Learning how to enunciate the vowels correctly takes some practice but makes all the difference in your singing. It directly affects your sound.

Singing Vowels Requires Mouth Space

Vowels are catchy little critters with a demanding attitude. The singer needs to learn to sing vowels while not allowing consonants, which resonate and project more poorly than vowels do, to get in the way. Just try to sing the following consonants and you will see that you can't sustain them.

  • B C D F G H J K
  • P Q R S T V W Y Z (X )

So, in learning to produce proper vowel sounds remember that vowels are shaped and formed in the vocal tract by the tongue and to a lesser extent, the lips.

Remember, you need to sing on open vowels, and not try to sustain consonant sounds in order to maximize the resonance and carrying the power of your voice.

Vocal Clarity Begins With Good Vowel Production

When we listen to a song, we are influenced by the lyrics delivered by the singer. When we can't understand the words to the song, there's nothing more frustrating. Singers have a responsibility to pronounce every word with clarity and good articulation begins with a thorough understanding of vowel production.

YOU are the instrument as far as singing is concerned and your entire body is involved. The singer must combine and control many parts of the body in order to sing well. Learning how to shape primary vowels (Ah Eh Ee Oh Oo) will bring clarity to your voice. In order to sing in such a way that every word is clear and can be understood, the singer must learn how to shape the vowel within the word itself. Learning how to do this will enrich your singing because the vowel actually carries the sound itself.

For example: Let's suppose you're singing the word "father". The sound of "ah" requires a dropped jaw. If the jaw is lazy and doesn't drop enough, the word "father" may sound like "further" to the listener. Unless it's pointed out to the singer that this is what is happening, he continues to sing the word "father" the same way repeatedly. One of the most frustrating experiences for the listener is not being able to understand the words being sung. The performer who cannot articulate the words of a song, so that they are understood, has defeated the whole purpose of his art. Here's a typical scenario of what can happen when the singer lacks knowledge of vowel production:

You've just auditioned for a role in a musical theater production and are quite pleased with your performance. You are sure you will be cast in the coveted role. Callbacks are announced at the end of the audition but your name was not called. You approach the director tearfully asking why? To your amazement, he remarks that "although you have a very nice voice your words were sloppy and difficult to understand." He points out that "if the audience can't understand the lyrics, all communication is lost." He suggests you work on your diction and audition for the next musical.

Singers will sound better if they take the time to brush up on proper mouth formation for singing vowels and learn to exaggerate the variety of vowel colors so they are distinct and clear.

So get comfy, find a quiet place, and let's get started.

A Helpful Tip Concerning the Tongue

Most of us don't think about our tongue when vocalizing. We should, as the tongue is the rudder for sound. It plays a huge role in diction or articulation.

The problem occurs when the tongue is pulled back. When this happens the sound is blocked. For the most part, the tongue should lay flat and relaxed. Another sound destroyer is too much tension in the tongue.

More about this here.

Improving Your Vowels Will Improve Your Singing

A singer cannot be called a great artist unless the diction is clear. A beautiful voice alone will not make up for other deficiencies. The purpose of music is to express feelings and emotions. As you learn to shape each vowel correctly, your voice is set free, and once this happens your singing will connect to your heart.

Legato Singing

The word legato is an Italian word that means to sing or play smoothly and connected. Legato singing must be the primary goal for all singers. In other words, unless the phrase specifically indicates a break or pause, each note and word is connected one to the other. This means that vowels should be balanced when singing from one vowel sound to another.

To match one vowel to another there must be absolutely no tension in the tone or face, lips, jaw, and tongue. Develop the habit of relaxing the neck and shoulder areas before and during vocalization. Be sure the knees are not locked. Tension is the biggest enemy of the singer.

Tips to Remember as You Practice

And remember the following:

  • Breathe from the abdominal area and avoid inhaling by using the chest.
  • Avoid all dairy products as they cause phlegm.
  • Drink only room temperature water (cold and ice will restrict the vocal cords.)
  • Avoid clearing your throat. Swallow a few times instead.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes (going from an air-conditioned room to hot outdoors.)
  • If your throat begins to hurt or you feel a "gripping", stop singing. You are straining your voice.

All correct and good singing should be effortless and easy. If it's not—it's wrong. The better the speech habits, the easier it will be to learn vowel production for singing.

I hope you've learned some helpful information about singing the five basic vowels. When you've got it all down and you're ready for your solo at the "Met", let me know. Sing with joy!

Author performing in Hawaii in the 80's. The singer must be a master of both this case one instrument is the piano and the other is the voice.

Author performing in Hawaii in the 80's. The singer must be a master of both this case one instrument is the piano and the other is the voice.

Questions & Answers

Question: How would you sing the ‘o’ in love?

Answer: Sing the sound of "uh" for the word love.

Question: How do you sing the vowel sound in "with"?

Answer: The "i" in with is pronounced "eh" as in the word "wet".

Question: When is the ideal time-of-day to practice singing?

Answer: Always practice when you are well rested which can vary as far as the time-of-day goes. Avoid dairy products and cold beverages before and during practice.

Question: I’m new to singing (about one year). How often and how long should I practice singing? I don’t want to have any problems. Also, what are the best teas for my soothe my throat?

Answer: Practicing duration is not as important as the way you practice. Always have at least 1-2 goals in mind and record your voice. Don't overdo it. I like lemon and ginger tea.

Question: How can we sing the letter "y" without strain in the throat?

Answer: Use the right amount of breath support and never force your voice.

Question: My teacher sometimes says “sing with a tall tongue.” What is a tall tongue?

Answer: Sh is talking about a tall vowel which describes the opening of the mouth. For words with the "ah" vowel such as "all:, you must open your mouth more than for other vowels.

Question: What does the term ‘spin’ mean in singing?

Answer: The word "spin" has various meanings, even for the singer. If you're singing a song and the producer tells you to put a new "spin" on it, he's telling you to sing the song in a whole new way. Put your own unique interpretation into the song.

Question: How do I sing letters like "m" and "n" without putting too much effort on them?

Answer: Simply use less pressure in the lips when initiating these consonants.

Question: How should you pronounce "Can't" when singing ?

Answer: Concentrate on singing the proper "a" sound as in the world "cat" The C is initiated from the back of the throat and the "t "completes the word with a soft tongue meeting just behind the front teeth.

Question: How do you sing "ay"?

Answer: The sound of "ay" in singing is the combination of 2 primary vowels: eh and ee. This is known as a diphthong. The first vowel moves or glides into the second vowel which is referred to as "the vanish". Never sustain the second part of the diphthong.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 08, 2020:


I'm not sure what you mean by "husky." Phlegm causes us to want to clear our throat and dairy products cause phlegm. Never, clear your throat! Instead, try swallowing several times.


Michelle Ozishaiye on September 07, 2020:

You said we shouldn't clear throat while singing. What if the voice gets husky while singing? Won't you need to clear the throat?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 17, 2019:

Hi Patricia

How nice to see you! I hope you are being good to yourself and that all is well in your world.

Yes, there is so much to learn about the singing voice and I love it all. Teaching is my passion. I appreciate that you've learned so much from my article.

Thank you sweet lady for sending Angels my way!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 17, 2019:

O my I learned so much.. I knew that those who wished to sing well often took lessons However I did not know that there was as much to it as you describe Thank you for sharing Angels are on the way this afternoon ps

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 17, 2018:


Thank you for your advice. No need to apologize. It's important to me to present good writing skills so I do appreciate these tips. This article will reflect the changes as you suggest.

Grant on August 17, 2018:

Thank you for this lesson, I certainly learned some useful tips. However, "One of the most important techniques to learn is the proper shaping of primary vowels", "The importance of learning how to sing with good clear diction is the #1 responsibility of the singer", "Legato singing must be the primary goal for all singers". Could you please not make everything the most important goal? A little hierarchy would make the lesson more readable. I apologize for nitpicking, but I'm an editor and this sort of thing can be very distracting to some readers.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on August 12, 2018:


Thank you for being here. I appreciate your kind words.


onjohn on August 12, 2018:

Great job you're doing,Godbless you!!!

Joana on December 05, 2017:

Hey Audrey, when I sing the vowel “ee” it comes out just fine, but the “ah” one just makes the sound go to the back of my mouth?? how do i make it come out right?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on April 09, 2017:


Thanks for your question. The combination of "ai" is called a diphthong. To pronounce the word "savior":

1. The a is a long a.

2. The i is sung as a long e "ee."

3. So the combination of the i and o along with the final r is pronounced "ee-your."

I hope this helps.

Sing with joy!

Darth on April 09, 2017:

We are singing a hymn with the Ai sound like savior and pain. How do we pronounce that? Doesn't seem to fit the pattern of your five vowels

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on January 18, 2017:

Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your taking time to read my post. See you at the met:)

mary on January 18, 2017:

very nice lesson and I would love to have a solo at the met

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 18, 2015:

Thanks so much for being hete and for leaving such wonferful comments. Your kind words mean so much. Keep producing and live the dream


Ryan from Manchester on June 17, 2015:

Fantastic Hub!! I produce music as a hobby and really need to work on my vocals to add as samples. You tips will help a great deal.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on May 29, 2013:

Hi Docmo! How are things in the UK? I want to thank you for being here and for your kind and thoughtful comments. Great feedback! You've confirmed that I'm on the right track here :) Thanks for voting up and for sharing!

Mohan Kumar from UK on May 18, 2013:

A brilliant primer for vocal gymnastics: this is a concise, easy to follow lesson from a marvellous coach. I love the way you make the basics simple to assimilate and practice. up/shared.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 12, 2012:

Thank you all for your marvelous comments. I appreciate it:) Sing for Joy!

Mike Russo from Placentia California on September 26, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this. The people on American Idol auditions could use this information. You might want to publish your work as a book or on CDs and sell them at the auditions. Voting up, Useful, and Sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2012:

Very interesting and useful to know the basics of singing vowels. Thanks for educating on the correct way to do so.

Thanks for sharing, Audrey.

Voting it up, useful and interesting. Sharing it.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on September 23, 2012:

Ruchira - I'm glad you took a trip down memory lane. We tend to forget some of our memories until someone brings up a relevant subject. I sure appreciate all your support.

Thank you for voting up and across as well as sharing.

Sueswan - Most everyone thinks that singing out of tune is because the person is tone-deaf. While this is certainly the case quite often, just as many sing off key because they lack energy for the tone which is caused by poor breath control. Thanks my friend for you comments.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 22, 2012:

Audrey-wonderful hub filled with helpful info. I wanted to share with you that I managed to finally get my nephew into a vocal music class, much resistance from him, and he absolutely loves it. :) Have a wonderful w/e. Up/I/U & shared.

James A Watkins from Chicago on September 03, 2012:

This Hub is a tremendous learning tool. You are so right on with everything you say. Thank you for this. The next time I am at Karaoke doing "Nights in White Satin" or "Black" or "He Stopped Lovin' Her Today" or "Tied to the Whipping Post" I will keep these tips in mind. :D

Mary Craig from New York on August 29, 2012:

Great information and direction. So easy to forget the things we learned in school!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

KDuBarry03 on July 25, 2012:

Outstanding Hub! I think it's also important for singers to learn phonemes to further understand how different letters can make different sounds. Great information for new and beginning singers (or for anyone, really!)

susiebrown48 from Clearwater, FL on July 20, 2012:

Loved your hub! I am not an excellent singer by any stretch of the imagination and I've set a goal to learn at least 1 respectable karaoke song. Your hub gives me a starting spot and introduced a world of what I didn't know that I didn't know!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on July 11, 2012:

Hi vocalcoach, and what a great, useful and informative hub this is. Especially for someone starting out in music! You left nothing to chance---well done!


Sueswan on July 10, 2012:

Hi Audrey,

Very interesting and informative.

I thought if a person sang off tune it was only because they were tone deaf.

Voted up and awesome.

Take care :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on July 02, 2012:

Vellur - I appreciate so much you're finding my hub useful and informative. That's exactly what I wanted to achieve. And your comment regarding faithful practicing is the only way to develop skills and improve. Thank you!

Dear ChristyWrites - I want to thank you for reading my hub and the kind comments. Your vote up as well as knowing you are sharing this has brought me a big smile!

nmdonders - Ah-ha - a singer! Wonderful. I'm so glad you dropped by and to hear that you are excited about practicing these exercises. Thank you!

Nira Perkins on July 02, 2012:

This is neat. I can't wait to be alone so I can practice! Thanks for detailing this so well. Great Hub.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 02, 2012:

Well now I see why you are THE vocal coach :) What a great tutorial of tips and ways to improve one's voice. I vote up and will share too; there is much informatio to learn here.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 30, 2012:

midget38 - I'm already working on another hub on music. Glad to have you aboard!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 29, 2012:

Very useful and informative hub. Great pointers, proper vocal practice is essntial to deliver a great performance.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2012:

Mhatter99 - Learning to sing and execute correct vowel sounds is one of the most necessary vocal lessons that I teach. The change in the singers tone and diction is amazing. Thanks for coming by and for your comments.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 29, 2012:

Audrey, do share more music hubs! Will be the first to visit.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2012:

Dear Nell - Your comments are just as creative and enjoyable as your hubs. You are a treasure. Thank you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2012:

iamaudraleigh - Thank you for mentioning the formatting. Really appreciate this. And I'm glad my hub brought back some delightful high school choir memories.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2012:

drbj - well you can still give Streisand a run for her money. No way she can write like you among all the other talents you have. And did you know that she must visualize her audience sitting on the toilet to overcome her fear?

I would burst out laughing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 29, 2012:

Hi kelleyward - I had to giggle at the "nuns" with the golf ball in the mouth exercise. Sounds a bit drastic to me. I am thrilled to hear that you'll be using my exercises. Wish I could hear you sing. Maybe sometime using skype. Thanks so much!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 28, 2012:

Jools99 - I'm so glad you like all the photos, header and that you are passing this on to your daughter. Thanks, my friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 28, 2012:

midget38 - It's so good to hear from a fellow chorister and vocalist. And your comment is right on - the words do come out garbled when proper diction is ignored. Thank you!

Ruchira from United States on June 27, 2012:

wow vocalcoach you reminded me of my younger days when I used to take coaching classes. Thank you for a revision!

loved reading it and the videos were excellent choice.

voted up and sharing it across

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 27, 2012:

Hello Hyphenbird - You must be so very proud of your boy for his interest in singing. I think it's great. I hope this hub will help him and thank you for sharing your comments. Take care my friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 27, 2012:

Sylvia's Thoughts - It can be frustrating to a good qualified teacher of both voice and piano to hear this kind of thing and yet it happens all to often. I sure agree with you when you write that most singers just want to go out and sing with little or no preparation or instruction.

It boggles the mind! Thank you Sylvia for your good comments. I really like hearing this kind of feedback. Take care now.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 27, 2012:

Pamela99 - Sounds like this hub brought back some memories. I hope you're right about my hub helping others because that's my whole reason for doing this. Thanks, my friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 27, 2012:

Handicapped Chef - I'm thrilled that your son read this and is sharing it at school. He sounds like a young man with plenty of talent. I appreciate young people who take their craft seriously. Thanks so much for appreciating my hub. I feel great now!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 27, 2012:

Good morning Green Lotus - Yes, you are absolutely right. This article does apply to actors and speakers. In fact we could all probably use a refresher course on how to speak more clearly. And speaking of actors (especially commercials) where do they dig up some of these people?

This must be terribly annoying to you in your line of work and all.

Thanks so much for your comments and take care!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 26, 2012:

Thank you for this. lost my voice at a young age. blame it on churches (not really). they used to pay in SF for sight singers. that was my Sundays (and rehearsal nights).

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 25, 2012:

fpherj48 - I think I do vaguely remember the song "Playgrounds in my mind." I had to giggle out loud as I read your singing lessons experience. You are so funny. And if you want to try another singing lesson, well...I'm still here!

DiFiduccia - What a nice thing to say. Now, I feel so good. Thanks for coming by and hope to see you again real soon!

Crystal Tatum - Thanks, Crystal for you kind words. And it's never too late to develop that singing voice!

Writer20 - Hahahaha!!! I am picturing you in the shower singing away with your eyes closed without a clue that hubby is there (probably grinning from ear to ear." I love it!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 24, 2012:

Martie - So glad that you found this hub to be useful. That's a big pay-back for putting in so many sleepless nights writing. thanks so much!

Nell Rose from England on June 24, 2012:

This was fantastic, and the layout was brilliant! I expect everyone was singing along, I know I was! Amazing, and voted up! cheers nell

iamaudraleigh on June 24, 2012:

Amazing formatting, presentation, and info! I wish I could sing like I sort of could in the HS choir! Love this!!!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 24, 2012:

Dear Audrey - You are so knowledgeable, m'luv. What fantastic, necessary information for anyone contemplating a singing career. If I had known all these unbelievable facts early on, I could have given Streisand a run for the money. (In my dreams!) Voted way Up!

kelleyward on June 24, 2012:

I wish I had this hub when I was singing and songwriting. I remember my choir teacher in the 6th grade telling us to sing "99 nuns interning in an Indiana nunnery", while we pretended to have a golf ball in our mouths. I found this laughable and uncomfortable. Was she correct with this suggestion? I just remember it feeling very unnatural and a little ridiculous LOL! I love your suggestions here and will try them next time I warm up! Voted up, awesome, and shared! Take care, Kelley

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on June 24, 2012:

Great hub Audrey, loved all of the illustrative photos and your headings are great, looks wonderful on the 'page'. I am passing this on to daughter!

Voted up etc.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 23, 2012:

Audrey, from a fellow chorister and choir mistress, this is awesome. So important to have proper vowel stress while singing......or it simply comes out garbled. My vote up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on June 23, 2012:

Rusticliving - Look at first comment. And thank you so much for designing the header. You are so sweet to do this for me. Thanks babygirl. Hugs

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 23, 2012:

You truly know your stuff. I am showing this to my little boy who is really into piano and singing right now. Thank you so much.

Dianna Mendez on June 21, 2012:

Wow, this is fabulous and so helpful. This definitely places a high interest on learning proper vocal performance. I only know how to do the vocal exercise I learned back in fourth grade and this is a better method.

Sylvia Van Peebles from Southern California on June 21, 2012:

Great hub! Singers today just want to go out and sing. They do not realize the importance of getting a good foundation and learning how to properly use their instrument. I find this true in both vocal and piano students. No body wants to do warm-ups or scales. "It's boring!" they cry. I had one brand new 15 year old vocal student tell me that his vocal coach wasn't teaching him anything and he was looking for a new one. I asked him why he felt this way-what was his teacher doing. He replied, "All he wants to do is 'vocalize' and I just want to sing." Needless to say, I had a lot to tell this young man.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 21, 2012:

I remember singing the vowels when I was young. This is a very interesting, detailed hub. I really think this will help many people.

Chef Carlton Haynes from Radcliff Ky on June 21, 2012:

V.C . This is a very great hub so good I had to show it to my son who is in love with singing he sings with the school opera class and with there jazz club also and have won several touraments, I just wanted to thank uou for this post he read it and loved it I hope you don't mind we printed it so he can share with the groups he is in....again great hub.

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on June 21, 2012:

Great Hub VC. I think this applies to actors and public speakers too! Sometimes I think I'm going deaf watching the "untrained" on TV and in the movies. Sloppy vowels are so annoying :)

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 21, 2012:

You have written a wonderful hub for the would be singers.

I'll practice this in the shower. Oops, my husband caught me singing in the shower the other day, I must have had my eyes closed because I didn't realize he'd come into the bathroom.

Voted useful and very interesting, Joyce.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on June 21, 2012:

Very thorough and well written hub. I can't carry a tune in a bucket, but I've always dreamed of being a singer, so I found this interesting. Voted up.

DFiduccia from Las Vegas on June 21, 2012:

Wow, how nice of you to share this information. This is a great hub for anyone who loves to sing. You are tops in my book. Keep them coming!


Suzie from Carson City on June 21, 2012:

vocalcoach......I love this hub for more than it's great info! You have reminded me of my "voice lessons" some 40 years ago.....(don't ask) may or may not remember way way back, a young male singer by the name of Clint Holmes (I think he had 2 wonder of them being, "Playgrounds In My Mind")???

Well, his parents lived one town away from mine. His mother was a Diva in her day, from England, until her American G.I. hubby carried her to the U.S.........she gave voice lessons. I signed up. 5 months later, down and out, my voice lessons wound up under my list of "we won't try that again!"

One question.....where were you when I needed you?? lol UP+++

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 21, 2012:

Wow! This is an amazing, informative hub, vocalcoach. Voted up and extremely useful :)

Liz Rayen from California on June 21, 2012:

I'm so happy to finally see this hub! Great information on proper vowel placement. I've used it for years with my students and vocal groups.

You are a fabulous "vocal coach" and I learned from the best!

Beautifully executed. Love the header! Thumbs up vocalcoach! :)

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