Why do british singers loose their accents when they sing?
Most singers at least partially "lose" their accents when they sing, especially classically trained singers. This is mainly because most singers are taught to use "pure vowels" when singing and to more precisely enunciate consonants, which makes their diction when singing clearer and easier to understand while reducing their dialect or accent.
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They dont.. accent in singing sounds alot similar than talking because the tone of the words is in line with the tune, hence there is generally very little to distinguish different accents around the world. Only in rap which is talking that you can hear the accent. Answer Firstly, I don't know ex…actly what you mean when you say 'American'; there are so many accents and dialects in this country that one can not fixate on just one pronunciaton. A good singer from any country will hopefully use CORRECT ennunciation on all words; which means using the diction that brings out the meaning of the song most clearly. And that , to my mind comes closest to the British concept of speaking and/or singing. Good vowel shaping is good vowel shaping and clear precise consonants are clear precise consonants in any language. Answer The artists sing with American accents because they like how they sound, and they are mainly catering to an American audience, and also because (in the case of rock 'n' roll) the genre mainly evolved in the US in the 1950s. So their style of writing and performing their music is heavily blues influenced. First answer, sorry, you're guessing but you don't have a clue. Second answer, "vowel shaping"? "Enunciation"? (Spelled with one "n", there goes your credibility as an English Major) "Diction" in Britain heard by Brits is just as clear and concise to them as our "diction" is to us. Vowels and consonants are pronounced differently in different geographical areas, but they are as clear and concise as the speaker or singer needs to make them, has nothing to do with the deliberate choice to sing in an American accent. We understand American accented singers more clearly because we are most familiar with american pronunciation. 3rd answer, you're in the ballpark, almost there. The answer is that British singers admired and emulated American music and especially blues and rock and roll such that it simply became a tradition to mimic musical styles right down to the pronunciation, or "accent" as you may describe it. Much like the tradition of wearing powdered wigs in legal and court proceedings. It basically became an almost universal cultural tradition among Brits. (I am a professional musician of 40 years) Paul McCartney once answered that very question in an interview. (MORE)
Answer. I really don't think you could fool the British but you could always try. Get some British flicks like the old Harry Potter movies and try saying the words they say, and record yourself. You could choose a specific part of Britain, every city has its own accent. Choose one and study it.
There is no "British accent"! I had an American friend once who concluded you're suppose to call it an 'English accent' because when you call it a British one "the brits get mad", well he was wrong to conclude that as well! Let me explain: Britain is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern… Ireland; each of them have many many many different accents. I think what you mean is "how do I sound like hugh grant/daniel radcliffe/ some posh english guy?" (MORE)
As an American living in London it is quite easy to get a british accent (or fake one) you can either take speech classes with a british teacher or go live in England for a while and see the accent.
Gloria Riviera lives in London as a UK-based correspondent for ABC News. Americans living abroad often pick up an accent as most of the people they talk to on a daily basis speak with a local accent.
It's a complex issue, not easily explained in print, rather than with vocal examples, but here's a start. Accents show up largely in (1) the rhythms and tempo of speech; (2) voice quality; (3) the "melody" of speech, the musical pitches, a feature known as "intonation." First the matter of intonati…on. If you speak English, then you know that your voice goes up in pitch for a question and down for a statement. Such patterns of intonation occur not only at the end of a sentence but all the way through our speech, and they differ from language to language and dialect to dialect. Because singing forces the melody pattern to comply with the music, the nuances of intonation disappear. Next, voice quality, a second marker of accent. Singers tend to use a voice that accommodates musical skills rather than the voice qualities characteristic of a language or a dialect. Therefore, the vocal marker of a language or a dialect is masked, or even lost. Finally rhythms. As with voice quality and intonation, the rhythms and tempo are dictated by the music, and in singing, those markers are entirely lost. Note that some cultures have music that matches and reflects their spoken rhythms, their intonation patterns, and their voice qualities. But a Brit singing "Western" music will lose the identifying markers of accent. Punks don't. (MORE)
All of the actors from Britain. Try John Cleese, Rowin atkinson, Stephen fry... hugh grant michael caine pierce brosnan patrick stewart sean connery
Because, the accent makes Brits sound weak and midget like. Ialways thought as a child, Brits were people with special needs,because of the way they talked.
No. She was Polish-born and lived there until the age of 24 when she moved to France where she lived until her death. It's unlikely she even spoke much English.
Very much so. He was born in Oxford, Oxfordsihire, England on June 11th, 1959 and attended university at Cambridge.
I think you'll find most singers (English and American) sing in a neutral accent. It sounds slightly British and slightly American. This is because: 1.) They want to make their music more marketable over the pond. Every British artist wants to make to big in America, and every American artist wa…nts to make it big in the UK and Europe, so if they sing in a more neutral accent their voice may be better for radio, etc. 2.) The Beatles! The Beatles are from Liverpool, and whilst there is nothing wrong with the northern British accent, it has often been associated with folk music, which they obviously believed is "uncool", so they decided to develop a London/North American accent to sing in. Because the Beatles were so revolutionary, the trend to sing in a slightly North American accent caught on, and it became common. BUT there are singers who sing in a full British accent, like Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Eliza Doolittle, Katy B, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Wanted etc. And nearly all British rappers rap in British accents - like Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder, MIA and Aggro Santos. Accents are also about the melody of the sentances as a whole as well as pitch and stuff. When a person sings it becomes harder to recognise the accent, since the melody and the pitch both become a more active components, but you still can. A better question would be 'Why do English singers and American singers sound similar when they sing?' since both nationalities accents are affected when they sing, not just the English accent. You're just more accustomed to the American voice so you believe the English are imitating it. It's like when you're a child and you think that other countries have an accent and yours doesn't, because it's what your used to. Answer On most of their songs, the Beatles sang with a quite plain Scouse accent (this is quite noticable in songs with the word "singing" in them- the word is pronounced "sing-ging" (with hard"g"). No "put on" American accents except perhaps in some of their early work (many of which were covers of American songs). Modern British singers from the London area like Lily Allen have the quite noticable "Estuary" accent which derives in large part from Cockney (complete with dropped letters like the "tt" in "little"). It's refeshing to note Australian singers like Missy Higgins singing with an Australian accent, while C&W singer Keith Urban sounds excatly like an American due no doubt to his intended market. There seems to be a latter-day trend towards vocalists performing with their own native accent rather than contrived "mid-Atlantic" accents although there will always be exceptions like Urban above (and lets face it, songs about yodelling tractors should be sung with an American accent). (MORE)
actors that have British accents are Hugh grant, Michael caine, pierce Bronson, Patrick Stewart and Sean Connery.
The simple answer is because they are not British! Australians developed their unique accent because of the accents of the original settlers (who came from various parts of the UK but with a high concentration of Londoners and Irish) and the unique social setting of the penal colony and the subseque…nt change to an agrarian economy. (MORE)
Yes The British accent is very distinctive Further The above should perhaps read, British accents are distinctive. There are great many of them, more than anywhere else in the English-speaking world, as you'd expect since "England" is where English originated, and English is the everyday languag…e for most of the rest of the British Isles, including the Republic of Ireland. (MORE)
There is no single word that can encapture the "British accent" since there are many dialects. Possible answers range from pompous to uneducated and fill the entire spectrum therein.
Britney Spears does not have a British accent. She was raised in Louisiana, so she actually has a bit of a southern accent, which can be heard in interviews like the one in the Related Links section below.
They can all sing in English if they're from England, assuming of course that English is their native language and not Gaelic or Welsh. The issue therefore lies in the language the song was written in. Ask them to sing an Italian opera, it will be in Italian. Ask them to sing "God Save the Queen" an…d it will be in English, and just as beautiful as any other language they are capable of singing in. (MORE)
I think maybe because it is just different and rare to hear, I live in a small village in northern US and I've only talked to about two people with a British accent while not traveling. Personally I think they are just more attractive than American accents, I'm not sure if it is because I'm American…, but they can be more distinguished or sexy depending on the accent. Plus Hollywood really romanticises British accents, usually a British man would be the "white knight" or the attractive love interest in a Romantic comedy. (MORE)
His mother took him to England when he was a year old, so he must have had one. this could be possible but keep in mind the fact that he moved out to go to Spain and was there for a year or so so that could have changed things. yes it is likely for him to have an accent then again there i…s a chance he did not but....... (MORE)
I would say NO. The voice of the singer does not have to have a accent or not, it would just be good if the singer had an appropriate song to go with his accent, but still, the accent does not matter.
Everyone has an accent. Your own accent could be considerably different from someone living just a few miles from you.
Personally, I love the British accent and wish that I could hear it all of the time. No certain part of Britain has an accent that bothers me. Every American will have a different opinion and remember Britain has a huge range of different accents.
Considering he was born and raised in Great Britain, I don't know how he couldn't have an accent.
I don't see why they don't. The British DID colonize America, and Canada! The Australians and New Zealanders got them. Why? MY ANSWER: America had a huge influx of non-British people, especially after the war of Independence. And I'm sure that since we did REBEL from Britain, a British accent… and British mannerisms in general would not have made you popular. I suspect that Australians had a predominantly British immigrant population until late in the 20th century. They had restrictive immigration policies. I'm going to keep the other answer so I can answer it too. Here's the thing about accents: I'm Portuguese so I can give you my word of knowledge. I learned English at school but I didn't learn the English accent, or any other accents, you have, for example the Texan accent, but the way you say it doesn't make a language. Now, to answer the answer, I hope you're not American, because if you are you need to go to school. There was an influx, like you said, of non-British, but not after any war. I'm not sure if by this you are talking about the independence from England, if you are you're right, but there was no war, or if you talking about the civil war which would be incorrect. Secondly, about Australia, until the 20th Century it was more of a prison. Some Americans were sent there for breaking the law. They were excommunicated, so it's accent over accent. (MORE)
Obviously, yes; he was from Liverpool, A Northern City in England, Great Britain. He spoke with an English dialect known as 'Scouse', which is native to Liverpool and its surrounding areas. While the other Beatles had/have seemingly contrasting voices, they too were from Liverpool and all of their… speech is Scouse. Due to the nature of its history, the diversity of accents and dialects in Great Britain is surprisingly huge. There is no single "British accent" in reality. (MORE)
NO he does not. His accent is Australian. It's ok though a lot of people mix the two up
1. Hugh Laurie ( Plays on House ) 2. Daniel Radcliffe (Plays ithe main protagonist Harry Potter in the Harry Potter films) 3. Tom Felton ( Plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) 4. Calem Blue ( Plays Major/General Zod in Smallville) 5. Emma Watson ( Plays Hermonie Granger in the Harry Potter …films) 6. Ralph Fiennes ( Plays the main antagonist Voldemort in the Harry Potter films) These are, of course, a few suggestions fill free to post your own ideas on this topic. (MORE)
He was born and raised in Boston, but since it was an English colony at the time, yes, he'd have had an English accent.
Yes, he does but it's rare that he speaks with it in public as he is a method actor and speaks in the accent the character that he is playing at all promotional events. Google old videos of him (eg Little Women days) to hear his English accent.
She doesn't. People who know what the various British accents really sound like will recognize that Madonn'a does not speak with one. Madonna does often over-enunciate and with very measured, controlled diction. It makes her sound stilted (or perhaps constipated), rather than British. As with ever…ything Madonna, this manner of speech is copied very precisely by Lady Gaga. (MORE)
Because it's different from theirs and beyond TV and movies they don't hear it often.
He was born sometime in the early 1640s in London, England. Though Peter Facinelli recognized that Carlisle might have had an English accent, he did not use a strong one when filming Twilight because he thinks Carlisle would have adapted to his surroundings and dropped the accent to avoid attention.… (MORE)
Many American music teachers and choral directors promote some pronunciations that are more typical of British speech. In a chorus, it is always preferable to have everyone following some standard and so pronouncing things the same way, instead of having five different sounds for the same word at t…he same time. Some elements of British will come across sounding better. For example, a quick flipped "r" between two vowels lets both vowels have the maximum allowable time while still getting the "r" in to insure that the meaning is clear. Certain words (such as "laugh") are often pronounced with a more open vowel in British than in American, creating a more resonant sound in singing. (MORE)
Imagine a group of people who live together and speak the same way. Any change in the way they speak (their dialect) will either pass to the whole community, or drop out of usage. Imagine some of those people move elsewhere and start their own community. Each group may develop different slang and… dialects that spread through their own communities, but not to the other one. Two different dialects have been born. This is why Britain itself has many accents, so it's no surprise that when some of them colonized what is now today the US, that those people developed their own too. Another important factor is that the US took in a large amount of Irish immigrants, their dialects combining with the current residents to form the US accents used today. (MORE)
Well what nationality are you? do you think in your accent? Ifso, you've already answered your own question. . +++ . -) Not just accent - local dialect, too!
Some people do have an accent while they sing, for example "Camille" ( a french singer) does have a slight accent when she sings in English. As a whole however, the act of singing is essentially talking and stretching out the vowel sounds. In most languages, vowel sounds are universal; so when they …are stretched and modified with pitch, they often lack culturally induced inflections. Singing also relies heavily on consonant sounds, leaving less room for dips in tone or clipping of syllables giving music a more universal sound) Other songs commonly sung with accents include . "Loch Lomen" - A Scottish folk song . "Electricity" - Billy Elliot the Musical . "Donkey Riding" - A Newfie Folk Song (MORE)
Ferb is British. He and his dad, Lawrence Fletcher, moved to Danville after Lawrence got married to Linda Flynn. I don't know who Candace and Phineas's real father is, but Ferb is Linda's stepson. Ferb was born in England to Lawrence Fletcher and an unnamed mother. Eventually, Ferb and his fathe…r moved to Danville. There, Lawrence met a woman named Linda Flynn and fell in love with her at a Love HÃ¤ndel concert ("Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together"). Lawrence and Linda got married, and Ferb was joined by a stepbrother and stepsister, Phineas and Candace. Phineas and Ferb developed a very strong bond, making them more than step brothers, but also best friends (MORE)
There are hundreds of British accents and they originated where people lived and worked. Before WW2 in Britain,people did not move around a lot and many local dialects and accents thrived and still existed in rural areas into the 1970's.
we're born making baby noises that resemble the sounds around us, when we start to make longer sounds that resemble words and also resemble details of pronunciation that we've heard and the accent begins.
There is actually no such thing as a British accent. There is an English accent, a Scottish accent, an Irish accent, or a Welsh accent. Â These are generally spoken within their own countries (English in England, Scottish in Scotland, etc.). However, people all over the world may have a breed of a… British accent because either they are immigrants themselves or they picked it up from their family.Â (MORE)
yes he does! and if you listen to their singing very closely you will hear that they are British!!
No but slash used to have a thick british accent before he moved to America aged 11 then it eventually faded away
Many singers modify their pronunciation while singing in order to have their words be better understood. Also, some vowel sounds blend in the music better when they are not pronounced with a strong accent.
It shows that only American Non Regional is the correct and easiest way to sing. All other accents are contrived, region quirks, over or under pronouncing Rs being the most common. Usually you can chalk it up to lazy.
For the same reason most people don't sing with an accent ...they're matching the syllables to the music and that negates mostaccents.
According to a 2006 study by the Canine Behaviour Centre inCumbria, dogs do exhibit regional accents in their barks andgrowls. The study found that a dog raised in Liverpool will havehigher pitched growls that are thought to be a result of mimickingthe human accent of the region which is also of a h…igher pitch. (MORE)
The singer of the song Shawty Get loose is Lil Mama. It is on the album "Voice of the Young People" and was released on February 12th 2008 (digital in US).
In various ways a British accent is distinctive. In many areas of England they don't roll there r's. British people also don't always pronounce the h in many words when it is the first letter of a word.
There are a few varieties of British accents similar to American accents it depends on the region where the person is from. Some of which include Liverpool and Manchester.
If the nun is British, she probably will have a British accent. Ifshe's German, she'll probably have a German accent.