Tongue Trills

Tongue trills refer to a type of vocal exercise pattern that uses pitch and volume while replacing the vowel with a movement of the tongue that sounds like one is continuously rolling an “r” consonant.  

An exercise utilizing the tongue trill can be somewhat helpful as an initial warm-up exercise with the purpose of revealing the state of muscular adjustment, whether too heavy, too light, or just right.

However, it is to be noted that an exercise with the tongue trill must be used sparingly because it quite simply does not deal with the vowel.  As a singer, exercises with vowels are absolutely necessary so as to train the voice to sing words – as well as the role that the vowel plays in functional matters such as sound beam direction!

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