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Soft phonation in the male singing voice: a preliminary study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11792024     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sustained high notes, diminishing gradually from the loudest to the softest phonation within a maneuver called messa di voce, are examined in two contrasting professional tenor voices. Signals of the sound pressure level, electroglottograph, and mean esophageal pressure are recorded, and similar maneuvers by the same subjects are examined stroboscopically. The lyric voice is found to make a gradual diminuendo while maintaining nearly constant posture of the vocal tract together with a phase of complete closure in the glottal cycle. The robust voice, by contrast, passes abruptly from a production of high subglottal pressure and a high closed quotient to one of low pressure and incomplete closure, and the transition is marked by a sudden opening of the previously constricted laryngeal collar. It is proposed that the mode of soft voice production demonstrated by the robust voice be recognized as a distinct register of the singing voice.
D G Miller; H K Schutte; J Doing
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0892-1997     ISO Abbreviation:  J Voice     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-15     Completed Date:  2002-06-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8712262     Medline TA:  J Voice     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Groningen Voice Research Laboratory, Biomedical Engineering, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Electromyography / methods
Glottis / physiology
Phonation / physiology*
Sound Spectrography
Voice / physiology*
Voice Quality*

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