Vocal Coaching Italiano

The fear of mistaking pronunciation decreases the expressive possibilities of vocality

Diction and pronunciation

The difference between Diction and Pronunciation

Nowadays people tend to conceive diction for what it is not.
Diction only defines what is the right or wrong way to read, recite or sing something specific. Diction does not need to be understood as synonymous with Pronunciation or Phonation. Diction is always to do with communicating your own emotions in front of an audience. It is to do with the choice of words to use, without having anything to say about the pronunciation.

Let’s pay attention to the subtle difference that there is between vocabulary and a dictionary. Both are in written form, therefore implications linked to pronunciation are to be excluded, even though the more modern ones use the phonetic alphabet.

Once you understand this concept, it will be obvious to all that the clarity of pronunciation is crucial. In fact, in order to express your own emotions to others, the right energy and intention of the words must be given, without distorting the comprehensibility. Looking at this as a whole, to be clear it is not enough to correctly pronounce every word of a speech, but we must also live and manage all the individual moments of pause.

A fault of phonation or diction is always linked to poor muscle coordination of the various parts involved: there is a great difference between pronouncing a word clearly and thinking that you did!

In fact, all speech and diction is the work of unconscious processes, automatically, also outside of the conscious control of our brain. Because a person, if they regain their vocality, must make a clear pathway of training, entirely ignored by a large majority of professionals working in the vocality field.

For example, language plays the main role of articulation of words and almost all unprofessional modern teaching tends to limit mobility in truly difficult locations. It is obvious to anyone that limiting the mobility of the tongue will not be able to produce people who speak or sing with true clarity and comprehensibility.

Neglecting what is important for dedicating to the superfluous.

When talking about old school ideas, non only about voice, the emphasis was placed and great importance is given to the basics. Older people may remember the countless pages repeated ad nauseam, full of temples and small circles. This was the first step to train our body to master the pencil, in order to prepare ourselves to learn to ascribe. Our calligraphy has grown with us and instinctively expresses our personality, exactly like our voice has, even without any apparent teaching.

It is said that the greatest voices of the past spent years defining the clarity of vowels in the pronunciation of each syllable: it is really important that the message you want to convey arrives clearly, otherwise the person who listens is going to have to try to understand it, losing the thread of the entire speech!

The western mentality tends to think that you can get around with little tricks or shortcuts. Anything of great value in life is, in reality, obtained with years of hard work and continuous errors. Think of your first steps. Nobody told you "get up and walk." You began to strengthen the muscles in your legs (for months!), then began to develop a sense of balance (for even more months!) and only after a long time did you take your first step. And you definitely fell over, making you feel upset even more! If each of us had tried tricks or shortcuts, no one would walk today!

Someone who neglects the basics of the voice and devotes themselves immediately to the choice of words to use, in reality, gives a speech with paralyzed vocals and is unable to completely express themselves like a healthy person.