Now why do we even need this? For one thing we need this if we’re gonna be doing some classical repertoire that uses Italian or maybe Spanish or if we wanna speak those languages we need to “Rrr...” roll our R’s.
And also it makes for a great vocal exercise. So, those of you that already know how to do this, hang in there for the end because we’re gonna do an exercise together where you get a chance to work some tongue trills. They’re really great for the voice.
And then finally... Is there any sound that you guys really don’t wanna be able to make? We know that on this show we’re gonna cover every sound that there is out there over time. And we wanna be versatile with our voices. We wanna not have limitations. We don’t wanna have sounds that we can’t do.
One is repeating words that kind of have the sound of it like say the word “Butter”. If we say “Butter, butter, butter...”, It kinda puts the tongue in that trill kinda place. Try that out. Say “Butter” a bunch of times. Here we go. That was nice. So you feel that “Butter...” right?
So first of all, the front. Here’s what we have to do with the front. First of all, we need the jaw and mouth relaxed and then the tip is going to come up, not to meet the teeth. If you’re meeting the teeth, you’re too far forward for the trill.
We’re trying for the alveolar ridge, whoa, that is a part of the hard palate. It’s a little further back from the teeth. It’s not the gums, it’s not the teeth, it’s a little further back on the hard palate. That’s your alveolar ridge. That’s where the trill is going to take place. So that’s one thing you really have to know.
But now we need to know the sides and then also the back. So here’s the sides. The sides, as I say, they have to be able to curl up. You have to curl your tongue on the sides to, first of all, meet the teeth. Let’s try touching the sides of the tongue to the teeth. Probably the molars. Right. Okay.
So you’re gonna meet the sides of the teeth. This is not how to do it, but the first step to doing it.
When you do the actual trill, it’s going to be inside the teeth. But first, meet the teeth with the sides of the tongue. That’s good.
Okay, So if you’ve got that, now just think about a few of these sounds that you may have heard. This is kind of a retroflex tongue, this "err" sound that we have a curl and a pull back of the tongue, "err".
Or Austin Powers Dr. Evil does the “I’m still hip. I’m still cool, taka, taka, taka...” that sort of “huh” of the sides of the tongue. You’ve gotta engage that when you’re doing “Rrrrrah!” or else that won’t stabilize things. So that’s what you gotta do with the sides.
So we have that “Chh, chh”, the back of the tongue also engaged. That’s one of the great things.
If you are trying the “Rrr, rrr”, that D or R sound in the front, “Rrr, rrr”, and then you engage “Chh, chh” in the back, “Chhrrr, chhrrr...”, you’re also curling the sides, “Chhrrr, chhrrr”, that is how you’re gonna be able to find the trill.
One more bonus tip for you. If you try another trill like a lip trill, “bbbb...” some people can trick themselves into doing it by feeding their tongue through that trill, “bbbbrrrrr, bbbbrrrrr”, and using the one trill to influence the other. That’s just another nice trick for you to try as you’re experimenting.
We’re gonna go up and down with a tounge trill. This helps with your breath support. It helps with your flexibility, and with your registration because we’re making an even sound, even volume, even production all across the range.
So Anthony and all, I hope that’s been helpful for you guys today as singers. If you’ve got questions that you’d like to see us answer on the show, you can send an e-mail to Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com.
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