How to Sing Diphthongs for a Better Singing Voice – Diction Help

How to Sing Diphthongs for a Better Singing Voice – Diction Help —
When singers are not clear on how they sing diphthongs, they can sound clumsy even when they have good voices. Diphthongs are vowel combination sounds and they are hidden in the English language in a variety of ways that aren’t always apparent. Mastering diphthongs can help you sing better by bringing you one step closer to a professional sounding singing voice.

I diphthong (example: I, like, night, my, etc) = ah – ee
Ay diphthong (example: stay, play, fey, etc) = eh – ee
Oy diphthong (example: joy, boy, boil, etc) = aw- ee
Ow diphthong (example: how, now, cloud, found, etc) = aw-oo

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9 thoughts on “How to Sing Diphthongs for a Better Singing Voice – Diction Help”

  1. I love your selections for video tutorials lately Valerie. They serve as reminders to take a step back and understand why some songs can be so challenging. I always have to watch the diphthongs when I perform Foreigner’s “Waiting for a girl like you.” I have to get it more towards “Ah, Behn, Wehdehn” and really concentrate on keeping the throat from closing down.

  2. Thanks for your videos! They’ve been really helpful) but I have a question, when I sing my biggest problem seems to be either the absence of intonation (everything sounds dull) or that my phrases seem to be not in harmony, I mean sometimes when I sing a phrase and I sing another there seems to be no connection between those, no harmony… Could you tell me how to solve that?(

  3. Vocal Splendor Studios

    Diphthongs are vowel combination sounds. When singers are not clear on how they sing diphthongs, they can sound clumsy even when they have good voices.

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