Updated: Jul 6
Any aspiring singer should aim to achieve clear enunciation (to articulate, pronounce each syllable). The right inflections (rise and fall of pitch), diction (words chosen for phasing) and pronunciation (the way you sound out a word) affect the feeling of a song. If you are mumbling the words you are singing, you will not get your message across because no one will know what the song is about. A good singer will have clear enunciation and they will craft each syllable precisely as needed.
Pronunciation is related to how each syllable is emphasized and how the letters in each word are sung. Enunciation refers to the clarity and the distinct sounds that make a word. So, whether you call it diction, enunciation or pronunciation it’s all about the clarity of the word and they way each syllable is shaped when singing; this is how you master vocalization.
Rock and pop songs has a more relaxed and lacks the crispness of each syllable sung. Listen to Sia sing “Chandelier,” her enunciation and inflection of words are very distinct. So it’s very important to master vocalization and convert the sound into clear and masterful pronunciation of the words in the song. Each word should be expressed exactly as the singer intends. Practicing your enunciation is an easy way to improve your singing voice, and easily convey your lyrical message! I have attached a video of Haven singing “Diamonds”; listen to the clear enunciation and shape of each word.
JOKE FOR THE DAY:
What’s the definition of an alto? A soprano who can sight read.