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Perturbation of voice signals in register transitions on sustained frequency in professional tenors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22633333     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Vocal register transitions in the passaggio region remain an unclarified field in classically trained male singers.
METHOD: We examined the acoustic and electroglottographic signals of seven tenors' transitions from voix mixte to falsetto on a sustained pitch F4 (349Hz) on the vowels /a, e, i, o, u, and æ/.
RESULTS: It was found that in many of the tested subjects, register transitions between voix mixte and falsetto were performed very continuously without clear register transition events. However, an increase of frequency and amplitude perturbation (jitter, relative average perturbation, and shimmer) was observed during register transitions.
CONCLUSION: These data suggest that professional tenors are able to avoid sudden registration events frequently observed in untrained voices.
Matthias Echternach; Louisa Traser; Bernhard Richter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-05-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1873-4588     ISO Abbreviation:  J Voice     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-07     Completed Date:  2013-02-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8712262     Medline TA:  J Voice     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  674.e9-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 The Voice Foundation. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Institute of Musicians' Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Freiburg University Medical Center, Freiburg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Sound Spectrography
Speech Acoustics*
Time Factors
Voice Quality*
Young Adult

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