With musical theater artists more and more being requested to grasp genres like rap and hip-hop, correct tongue articulation has by no means been extra vital. And even when you’re not planning on enjoying Lafayette in “Hamilton” anytime quickly, it nonetheless be helpful to be certain that your tongue is working correctly.
First, let’s talk about why you must care about your tongue; not solely is it primarily chargeable for the intelligibility of your textual content, it’s additionally strongly related along with your feeling of belonging on this planet. The a part of your mind the place your character is saved is named your insula, and the motion map that controls your tongue is true subsequent to the insula. So whenever you work your tongue out, you’re additionally connecting extra deeply to your sense of objective and growing your drive to share your skills with the world.
Here are six strikes I would like to be certain that you are able to do. Going by means of these earlier than an audition is an effective way to focus your mind and your voice:
Tongue on the roof of mouth
Some of us have developed an incorrect behavior of preserving our tongues low within the mouth. When the tongue is at relaxation, it’s supposed to be suctioned to the roof of your mouth, like an octopus tentacle. The tip of your tongue must be resting a couple of half-inch behind your higher entrance tooth. To discover the correct place for the tip, say “Nah-nah-nah” after which relaxation the tip the place the “n” is made. The again of the tongue must also be touching the roof of the mouth as a lot as attainable.
Yawn/swallow with tongue up
Now that you simply’ve received the tongue up, strive to full three consecutive swallows with out letting the tongue transfer from the roof of the mouth. Once you’ve completed that efficiently, strive to yawn and decrease your larynx whereas preserving the whole tongue (together with the again) suctioned to the roof of the mouth.
The hi-hat is the pair of cymbals in a drum set that meets to make a dampened “crash.” We’re going to do this along with your tongue now; it should sound like “ts” within the phrase “its.” Once you’ve made the “ts,” push the center entrance a part of your tongue to the roof of the mouth to “damp” the sound. If you’re doing this accurately, you’ll really feel your abs contracting, too. Repeat as quickly as attainable for 10-15 seconds.
We’re now going to make a chipmunk sound by suctioning the entrance physique of the tongue backward alongside the roof of the mouth. When completed correctly, this may sound just like the disapproving “tut-tut-tut” that your grandma might need made whenever you had been misbehaving. Repeat as quickly as attainable for 10-15 seconds
We’ll now make a clucking sound by curling the tip of the tongue backward and flicking it down quickly to relaxation briefly on the decrease entrance tooth. It ought to make a pointy, clear sound that’s considerably related to the movement for making an “l.” Repeat as quickly as attainable for 10-15 seconds
Finally, we’re going to repeat a “k” consonant as rapidly and rhythmically as attainable. The objective right here will not be to let a number of air escape. Most Americans have an aspirate “k,” which that means we blow a number of air by means of it. Try to make the “k” as dry as attainable, letting the airflow be very small. Repeat as quickly as attainable for 10-15 seconds.