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and throughout its whole length it must be kept flat, so that no part of it is raised above the level of the lower teeth. The teeth should be nearly but not quite touching. The lips should be lightly but firmly closed, and the air in the mouth made to vibrate so far forward that if the lips are plucked the M sound is produced. The chin should be drawn down and in.
/The M sound is quite the easiest sound to produce properly, because the lips being closed it is easy to place the sound well on to the front of the hard palate, and the beginner soon begins to feel the sensation of forward tone, which, once appreciated, becomes so useful for all other
It came with the merry May love In the merry month of May.
Many a mickle makes a muckle.
Pale melancholy sat retired,
And in notes by distance made more sweet
Poured through the mellow horn her pensive soul.
Through glades and glooms the mingled measure stole,
And round a holy calm diffusing
Love of peace and lonely musing
In hollow murmurs died away.
The M, N, and NG sounds are seldom made sufficiently vocal, and their tone is sacrificed in speaking. Valuable use can be made of these sounds in voice-production; the M sound placed before a vowel sound will tend to draw that vowel sound forward, and will greatly assist in getting the full nasal reasonance.
Great care must be taken in making these nasal sounds that the voice is not allowed to be pushed through the nose uncontrolled, otherwise nasal twang will be produced instead of nasal resonance. The voice must be placed well forward in the nose. On the other hand it will be