Archive for English Diction

Episode 102-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on November 4th, 2017

Since it's Messiah season, we wanted to post another aria for the basses! Jason Nedecky works through the text to "The people that walked in darkness" and it's preceding recitative, with an emphasis on handling 'r', the [æ] vowel, and aspirate 't'. This is the audio version of the video tutorial.

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 102-SDU Tutorial

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on November 4th, 2017

Since it's Messiah season, we wanted to post another aria for the basses! Jason Nedecky works through the text to "The people that walked in darkness" and it's preceding recitative, with an emphasis on handling 'r', the [æ] vowel, and aspirate 't'. 

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 100-IPA Revealed: an audio guide

Posted in German Diction, Special Editions, Italian Diction, French Diction, English Diction by thedictionpolice on October 7th, 2017

For our 100th episode we wanted to do something really special, and here it is! In "IPA Revealed: an audio-guide" we work our way through the phonetic alphabet, with examples of native speakers in each of the four main languages that we sing in, English, Italian, German, and French.  Both Ellen and François host the episode, with guests Christoph Pohl, Daniela Pellegrino, and Grace Durham. There is no audio version of the podcast this week.

To see our complete catalog of text readings by native speakers and PDFs with IPA transcriptions, poetic and word-for-word-translations, as well as all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips, and Tongue Twisters for Singers, go to dictionpolice.com

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Diction Tip #20

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on September 30th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #20, Ellen Rissinger talks about shadow vowels in English Lyric Diction.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 98-SDU Tutorial (Audio Version)

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on September 9th, 2017

In this episode, Jason Nedecky and I work our way through the text to Handel’s "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Messiah, talking about the letter 'L', a little bit about glottals, and when to knowingly break the rules of lyric diction! 

The NY Times article that I mentioned, entitled "In Handel's 'Messiah', the trumpet as divine agent" is available here.

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 98-SDU Tutorial

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on September 9th, 2017

In this episode, Jason Nedecky and I work our way through the text to Handel’s "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Messiah, talking about the letter 'L', a little bit about glottals, and when to knowingly break the rules of lyric diction! 

The NY Times article that I mentioned, entitled "In Handel's 'Messiah', the trumpet as divine agent" is available here.

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 94-SDU Tutorial

Posted in Uncategorized, English Diction by thedictionpolice on April 24th, 2017

In Episode 94 Jason Nedecky discusses "Where e'er you walk", one of the most famous arias from Handel’s Semele, concentrating a lot on the different forms the letter 'r' can take. 

For more Video Tutorials, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 94-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on April 23rd, 2017

In Episode 94 Jason Nedecky discusses "Where e'er you walk", one of the most famous arias from Handel’s Semele, concentrating a lot on the different forms the letter 'r' can take. This is the audio version of the podcast for people prefer to listen to podcasts while they’re out and about.

For more Video Tutorials, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 90-SDU Tutorial (Audio Version)

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on February 25th, 2017

In Episode 90, Jason Nedecky and I focus on the text to Purcell's "Sweeter than Roses", written as incidental music for Richard Norton's Pausanius, Betrayer of His Country. We concentrate on the different forms of the letter 'i' (both spelling and phonetic), some pronunciation shifts between American Standard and British Received Pronunciation, and glottals. This is the audio version of the podcast.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, as well as our Facebook Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers series, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 90-SDU Tutorial

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on February 25th, 2017

In Episode 90, Jason Nedecky and I focus on the text to Purcell's "Sweeter than Roses", written as incidental music for Richard Norton's Pausanius, Betrayer of His Country. We concentrate on the different forms of the letter 'i' (both spelling and phonetic), some pronunciation shifts between American Standard and British Received Pronunciation, and glottals.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, as well as our Facebook Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers series, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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