Left Hand – Tonal Sounds

[Fabelphonetikum hand positions diagram / .5MB]

Primarily for vowels, these root tones can be modulated with the left hand. This tone has
a variable pitch, which is very crucial for the expression of the spoken words. Whether the tone at the end word of the sentence or raised, lowered, statements, etc. is of great importance, and changes in pitch are critical for the emotionality of language. The wavy line on the control panel represents the sound vibration.


The A is the easiest formant to create. The tone is played without modulation of the left hand.


The E is formed by the curved middle and ring fingers of left hand pressing against the inner wall of the tube. They thus act as a tongue. For this sound, the tone generator is played.


The I is formed similar to the E, except that the two fingers are stretched as far as possible toward the speaker. The fingertips are firmly pressed against the inner wall and the knuckle is pressed against the opposite wall. The J is a mixture between between E and I.


For the flow of the L, the middle and ring fingers are pulled through the mouth tube.



For the O you create a fist, which is the mouth. It can be very difficult to separate this sound from the Ö. The U is shaped like O, except that the thumb must be pressed harder so that only a small cavity exists.