Resonation and vocal quality

  • Meribeth A. Bunch


Artistic singing and speaking depend on a person’s ability to establish optimum conditions for vocal resonance. When the vocal instrument is capable of free and dynamic response to the demands of the singer, optimum resonance is derived from the singer’s image of sound together with what he senses when he makes that sound, the physical response of the muscles of the pharynx and balance with the rest of the body. Vocal pedagogy and the relevant literature relating to vocal quality is fraught with a confusion of communication, scientific terminology and imagery. The difficulties of finding qualitative verbal estimates of sound become apparent the more one reads. Descriptions of tone may include metaphors such as white, spread, harsh, unpleasant, warm, round, full, bright and clear. There is no other way of describing sound unless one uses strictly scientific and mathematical terms, and even then there are certain vocal qualities which defy quantification.


Soft Palate Vocal Tract Hyoid Bone Thyroid Cartilage Cricoid Cartilage 
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