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How to realize the onset of the sound. According Manuel Garcia Junior.
Extract of "Manuel Garcia " Complete treatise on the art of singing. part 1. " Translated and edited by Donald Paschke. New york. da Capo Press. 1984. Originally Published as "Nouveau Traité Sommaire sur l'Art du Chant" 1847.
Hold the body straight, quiet, upright on the two legs, removed from any point of support, open the mouth, not in the form of the oval 0, but by letting the lower jaw fall away from the upper by its own weight, the corner of the mouth drawn back slightly. This movement, which hold the lips softly pressed against the teeth, opens the mouth in the correct proportion and finds it in an agreable form. Hold the tongue relaxed and immobile (without lifting it either by the roots or by its tip); Finally separate the base of the pillar and soften the entire throat. In this position inhale slowly and for a long time.
After you are thus prepared and when the lungs are full of air, without stiffening either the phonator or any part of the body, but calmy and easily, attack the tones very distinctly
with a light stroke of the glottis on a very clear [a] vowel.
That [a] will be taken well at the bottom of the throat in order that no obstacle may be opposed to the emission of the sound. In these conditions the tone should come out with ring and with roundness.