24 thoughts on “How to sing high notes on “Ee” vowel by Franco Tenelli

  1. kgarmaker123 says:

    I do not agree with you about Pavarotti, check out his live versions in the
    correct key in 1968 Vienna abd at tge Met and he has an excellent sustained
    Ee vowel at the end of the Trovatore aria… in both. Both High C’s.. His
    singing as a youngster was exemplary.

  2. TenelliVoiceGuru says:

    well, I said he almost never:) I agree that a s a youngster he was at his
    prime

  3. Although I understand that people could be disappointed if an opera singer
    doesn’t perform the aria in whichever key the composer wrote it in, I still
    think the attitude of La Scala audience is beyond atrocious. They should be
    thankful for the gifts these wonderful singers share, not boo them because
    of it. This goes especially for any accidental cracks, since the voice is
    “human” after all and is very much fragile as it is. Oh well…

  4. kirtanyogi says:

    Maestro, I’ve been lately meditating about covering, and a phrase dominates
    all this thinking “you shouldn’t open your voice, neither close it”. Trying
    to maintain consciously almost same position of throat and mouth, I feel
    much better the change of resonance during pasaggio and higher and also the
    amount of pressure that has to be done by diaphragm, which I was trying to
    do solve by opening or modification of the vowel. I think I’m on track!

  5. TenelliVoiceGuru says:

    R.Alagna mentioned in one or two interviews that “Italian only think they
    can sing”. I guess Italian audience had their revenge

  6. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC says:

    I was taught to start to understand the “Ee” vowel by beginning with the
    vowel sound of “eh” (get) or “ih” (bit). Most singers ball their tongue up
    in the middle with their “Ee”, which pulls the larynx up and closes the
    throat. With the “eh” the tongue is forward and flatter and the larynx
    lower or more neutral. Then you shape the “eh” into “Ee” by slighting
    rising the back of the tongue. This keeps the throat open. I am not a fan
    of modifying “Ee” toward “ay” as it can be done without it.

  7. Héctor Javier Ramírez González says:

    I would like you to talk about Kraus Techinque You can look at two or three
    videos of him talking about singing techinque: Masterclass Alfredo Kraus
    Alfredo Kraus – Master Class em Roma Alfredo Kraus habla de técnica vocal –
    IMPERDIBLE

  8. Ali Yalcin says:

    Dear Mr Tenelli. First of all thanks for all of your efforts in making
    these videos. There is one thing I would like to learn from you. How was
    your voice built? How old were you when you started vocal training? How was
    your voice at first? What was the method? Who was your vocal teacher? How
    does one learn the low larynx technique? My understanding is that one needs
    to take a deep breath which opens the throat and lowers the larynx. Now the
    question is how to sing with such a position?

  9. Ali Yalcin says:

    Exercising dark vowels like oo oh aw. Nilsson stated in her biography that
    Hislop taught here the squillo element, but another teacher by working on
    the deep vowels gave here the connection. My(tenor) experience has been
    that working from C3 to about C4 with dark vowels, they open your throat
    and train the larynx to stay low whilst singing.

  10. Todd McDaniel says:

    I agree with keeping the tongue forward, which works towards keeping your
    larynx down. It also promotes better vowel production and a “rounder”
    warmer sound rather than a wide vowels that are very unattractive.

  11. Samuel Karlberg says:

    I think the Ee vowel is hard if you have a tendency to close the throat.
    The Aa and Oo vowel can be hard if your problem is cord-closure. Your high
    C sounded great!

  12. Wish you lived in My Town ,, Great Lessons , Thank You for the free ones ,

  13. Ruben Carrillo says:

    This is not related to your videos (I think you’re great), but when I close
    my eyes, you sound like Christopher Walken when you speak. 

  14. Bradley Brasfield says:

    I think Mr. Tenelli makes a good point – don’t raise the larynx or close
    the throat to sing an ee vowel. I have just watched two videos of
    Pavarotti singing alarmi, and he sings 3 syllables….I’m pretty sure he
    says the mee at the end…not sure where he doesn’t (at least in youtube).

  15. When singing the vowel ‘e’ above the tenor F, I was taught to sing it on
    the vowel ‘ah’ then closing my mouth a bit which makes it finish on a sound
    like an ‘e’. It is a cheat but the mind only registers the last vowel
    sounded and if it was an ‘e’ the impression is that the entire note was the
    ‘e’. The challenge with the ‘e’ in the upper range is to not let the upper
    larynx collapse with an accompanying lifting of the back of the tongue.

  16. dear maestro i have a question please help i have mastered my tone im
    singing high notes with resonance its free and really easy to produce but i
    have one problem i do it with not so widely open mouth me jaw tongue
    digastric muscle are relaxed but when i open my mouth widely my digastric
    muscle starts tensing an when i sing it really gets tired can you help me
    ? 

  17. Don Carlson says:

    I’m kind of curious if a covered/compressed “EE” is somewhat helped by
    adding a bit of twang to it with the zygomatic muscles raised. That would
    help brighten it up a bit and add a good amount of volume.

    The choice of how you choose to pronounce it (flat tongue with high back)
    probably has a lot to do with how comfortable the note you’re singing is
    and whether you’re a baritone or a tenor. It seems that a tenor would have
    less problems with pure closed vowels because the note is already in their
    comfortable part of their range. It would also be interesting to explore
    the options available to singers with TMJ, given that it affects the proper
    allignment and closure of the jaw.

  18. leanne gielens says:

    Maestro what are your opinions of correct tongue placement should it
    naturally rise as in ng position with the ee vowel and should the tongue
    have the same arched position in the vowels ah and oh ? because I have been
    told that my tongue need to be in the same position when singing these
    vowels as ng with the sides of the tongue touching the upper teeth which
    to me seems impossible unless you have extraordinary big tongue otherwise
    the sound will be woofy and will not project with a limited range of the
    higher notes However I find it extremely difficult to maintain this tongue
    position when singing oh and ah it is true the sound comes out less dark
    and more space but I cannot accomplish this unless I push against my tongue
    and resist the force of the fingers with the tongue and I am getting a nice
    ring to the higher notes without the tongue being in this arched ng
    position on the oh vowels anyway it is all very confusing one person say
    smile the other say ng tongue position and my body say it not like yes it
    feels freer to have more space at back of throat but I just would love to
    know how to achieve ng position of tongue while singing in ah or oh vowels
    without forcing the tongue there

  19. Wow, Pav sung Di quella pira in B!
    Very good video. I sound metallic in the mask.

  20. Hubert Gocał Music says:

    5:06
    Its not a first time when I see “moving jaw” in pro singers. Can you
    explain me why does it move?

  21. The Toast says:

    It’s a shame I didn’t find this channel sooner. I have a very strong bass,
    but anything above that is troubling for me. You’ve helped me expand that
    range a bit, and made my voice sound much greater than it once was before.
    Thank you so much!

  22. BigCityPalooka says:

    Marvelous. I’m so grateful for the work you put into these…they are
    extremely helpful and informative. Thank you *very* much.

  23. John Musalo says:

    how come sir all these tenors at the met cant reproduce the high c Mario
    lanza did in the final note of the song be my love even mr Bocelli on his
    cinema album attempted but it was not hit

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