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Solfege & Diction

Chromatic Solfege Guide

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Diction

Vowel Production

    Diphthongs - 2 consecutive vowel sounds within one syllable

           Stress the first sound and minimize the second

    Triphthongs - 3 consecutive vowel sounds within one syllable

           Again, stress the first sound and minimize the second and third In    both cases the latter vowel sounds will occur naturally as you continue the word.

Consonant Production

    Consonants sound with the following syllable, except when they change the meaning of the word

    Consonants occur before the beat

    Voiced consonants must be sung on the same pitch as the following vowel

    "r" should never be sung "er"

    Consonants take more energy to be projected from the text

    Final consonants occur on the following rest, or on the last eighth of a pitch (be sure listen to the Director on this point)

    Consonants are produced quickly without lingering

    When singing over accompaniment, especially instrumental other than piano, consonants must be emphasized to relay the text to the audience

 

 

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