Forming Vowels: Teeth As Reflective Surface

In vowel formation, the teeth are almost the last things the vowelled tone comes into contact with before launching towards the listener’s ears.  Since they have a hard surface, then that means they are reflective with the shaped air molecules bouncing off them. The vowelled tone should not be directed to the teeth in any sort of conscious manner, but the teeth do play an important role in adding final touches.  Just think, if we had no teeth, then there would still be a recognizable vowel but the vowelled tone would be different, as if it were “fuzzy” or a bit “undefined.”

Allen Rascoe

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Allen Rascoe Allen has been enjoying singing since he was a little kid. He officially studied voice at ECU and USC. However, he ran... Read More