In my last lesson we started the first exercise for the vocal assessments, in the lesson I recorded the tune so I could thoroughly learn it therefore I have been listening to it over and over again so I can be 100% confident with it. In my last lesson I noticed that I was moving my jaw too much for the vowel changes, whilst I have been rehearsing this in my own time I have been stood in front of a mirror so I can watch myself and notice when I do it, from doing this I’m preventing myself from moving my jaw as much because I am now aware that I am doing it. I honestly believe I don’t move my jaw as much as I used too and this is because I am now aware that I do move my jaw more than what is necessary also the exercises Gavin has provided me with has helped develop this but its something that I will have to continue to work in order to overcome. In my lesson I set myself some independent research which was to find a vocal exercise that would help me with my overall diction. After carrying out my research I found that tongue twisters are the best form of exercise to help develop diction this is because they help strengthen and stretch the muscles involved in speech. An example of a tongue twister I found to help with my pronunciation of ‘I’ in the song ‘I don’t know how to love him’ is below, this exercise also develops the diction of ‘E’ and ‘S’:
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
This is a good vocal exercise to use as it includes the word ‘I’ quite abit and this is something that I need to work on in order for my repertoire to be performed to the best of my ability. This tongue twister needs to be said at a steady pace in order for it to work.
Below is a rehearsal video of me practising the MT1 Assesment Chords: