As all veteran singers know, vowels are the meat-and-potatoes of our trade. However, I want to explain to young singers just a few of the different ways they may use vowels in their practicing to enhance their vocal skills. In this article I’ll talk about the importance of finding favorite vowels, round vowel sounds, when to modify vowels, and singing legato by focusing on vowels.
I know many singers, voice teachers, choir directors, and anyone who works with singers are well aware of these terms head voice and chest voice. However, not all professionals agree on their meanings. For this reason, I’d like to offer my definitions, and I invite other singers and voice teachers to respond with their own thoughts.