Hey y'all, one thing I've always been unsure about whenever I get back into learning Russian is if my pronunciation of рь is good enough. I've had trouble finding help on this - most people just have trouble pronouncing р. I recently found a video of a speech therapist that I think goes over this, but it's all in Russian. Can someone fluent watch it and get the important details from it? Maybe even translate it? Here's the link:
I am not educated in the mechanics enough (this is the only thing you really need to practice) but as for the place of articulation... The tip is a bit past the alveolar ridge—more to the front than for the unpalatalized sound; in my case it does not reach the upper teeth. The middle part of your tongue is raised up, and, as far as I can tell, a larger area is used around the tip.
A good idea is to press your tongue there (not much effort is needed, really), inhale a lot of air, and then try to "blow" a powerful flow between the tongue and the top of the mouth, while still pressing. I don't think it is going to take long to make a hoarse fluttering noise this way. It will let you at least get a grasp of what the vibration is, even if it does not sound anything like a much more relaxed sound used in real speech.