Breathing Mechanics

  • Donald F. Proctor


Speaking and singing are by-products of expiratory airflow when that flow passes through sufficiently adducted vocal folds to produce audible waves. Thus breathing and the mechanism which produces it are fundamental factors in phonation. Anyone who wishes to understand the process of voice production must have a reasonable comprehension first of normal breathing mechanics and second of the modifications of that system necessary for speech and song. The first is the subject of this chapter and the second of Chaps. 5 and 6.


Lung Volume Respiratory Muscle Pleural Space Inspiratory Muscle Esophageal Pressure 
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  • Donald F. Proctor
    • 1
  1. 1.The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Hygiene and Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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