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Post by djet0 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:03 am

So singing along to a bunch of anime openings has got me thinking. What are some ways to sing with an emphasis lyrical clarity? I'm still learning Japanese. Singing in English, especially in a chorus, one of the things I've learned was that clear delivery comes first before style. Knowing the basic pronounciation was a great start, but what part of the language needs emphasis for best articulation?
Anyone classically trained with this knowledge by chance?
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Post by mysticurry on Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:42 am

i usually sing while looking in the mirror, emphasising all pronounciation and do all words like if i say (in japanese pronoun) "a" my mouth must be opened until i can fit 3 fingers vertically, "i" with my teeth showing, "u" as if i'm puckering, "e" like i'm smiling, and "o" like i'm doing the lol meme thing

i sometimes put / in the lines as to help me guide on where i should take breath

hope this helps >< sorry for my bad english ><
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Post by djet0 on Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:57 am

Good points. They're very reminiscent of what I've learned from choral singing, but I guess, ultimately, I want to know it's something that's applicable in Japanese singing.
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Post by mysticurry on Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:44 pm

also when you're saying "fu" it's better to do it "hu", also i learned that it's better for the "r" to not be too thick and make it almost sounds like "l" because the mic with catch some air and it could hurt when you hear it with headphones xD
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Post by krannda on Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:19 am

djet0 wrote:So singing along to a bunch of anime openings has got me thinking. What are some ways to sing with an emphasis lyrical clarity? I'm still learning Japanese. Singing in English, especially in a chorus, one of the things I've learned was that clear delivery comes first before style. Knowing the basic pronounciation was a great start, but what part of the language needs emphasis for best articulation?
Anyone classically trained with this knowledge by chance?
I've been clasically trained so one of the things I always aim for is lyrical clarity. I'll try my best to answer this. What you need to take into account is what kind of language Japanese is. Unlike English (which tries to have standard rules for pronunciation but has countless exceptions and variations), Japanese has a set number of sounds within its language system. The vowel sounds found in Japanese consist of "a", "i", "u", "e" and "o" + their elongated forms don't change much in sound. That said, once you have those down, you need to focus on making the consonant sounds spot on if you want to achieve clarity. Pay attention to how native speakers pronounce those (via songs, television, radio, etc.) and try to mimic them.

Another thing I found to help with clarity is being able to separate words within the sentence from each other. There's a reason there are spaces when people romanize lyrics. I achieve this separation by making the first syllable of a word stronger than the rest or putting ample space in between different words.

Hope this helps! Smile
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Post by djet0 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:17 am

Thanks for the tips. I'll pay attention to this on my next musical escapade... and my next trip to the supermarket.
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