I’m really excited to share with you this quick guide on rolling your R’s. Whether you want to learn how to roll your R’s to sing in Latin, Italian, French, or even English, rolling your R’s is easy if you do it like the native speakers.
When speakers of foreign languages roll their R’s, the tip of their tongue points upwards instead of straight, which is what we do when pronouncing the English R. If you want to roll your R’s, do this:
- Rest the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth.
- Now slide it back slowly until it reaches the ridge before your hard palate. This is called the alveolar ridge. Take a moment to locate it in the picture and in your mouth.
- Rest the tip of your tongue on that ridge.
- This is where the good part comes. Now push out air as fast as you can.
You’ll probably have to use your abs to do this. Keep pushing air out until you start feeling your tongue to roll. And trust you me, you will! As you push out air, try to keep your tongue and throat relaxed.
Once you have this part down, try to make a sound, always resting the tip of your tongue at the alveolar ridge before your hard palate. It should sound like RRRRRR.
Then, trying to finish your RRRR with “ah.” So, RRRRRAH. Then finish with “oh.” RRRRROh. Then “ee ah,” RRRRR-ee-ah.
Now, let’s put it all together and and say “Gloria!”
Take a minute to try this, and then leave a comment to let me know how it worked for you!