Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Understanding The Voice Mechanisms Of Sopranos

Date:
December 31, 2004
Source:
Elhuyar Fundazioa
Summary:
“The analysis of aerodynamic parameters enables an understanding of the physiological bases of the voice mechanisms in classical and lyrical soprano singers”. This is the conclusion of the PhD thesis undertaken by Dr. Marํa Uzcanga whose research work was carried out in the Voice Laboratory at the Navarre University Hospital.

“The analysis of aerodynamic parameters enables an understanding of the physiological bases of the voice mechanisms in classical and lyrical soprano singers”. This is the conclusion of the PhD thesis undertaken by Dr. Marํa Uzcanga whose research work was carried out in the Voice Laboratory at the Navarre University Hospital.

The work analysed the singing of 19 classical and light classical soprano singers with the aim of determining the physiological mechanisms employed for the emission of the sung voice. The study concentrated on medium, high and very high voice frequencies as well as pasaggio ones and on changes in register by which one voice mechanism or other is modified. To this end, the sopranos were asked to emit notes using previously established exercises.

Understanding the voice mechanisms of sopranosIt has involved one of the first studies analysing, from an aerodynamic perspective, the physiological mechanisms involved in the voice of classical soprano singers. The aerodynamic parameters registered were the phonatory flow and the pressure of the air passing through the vocal chords while singing at certain frequencies and intensities. This work succeeded in characterising the physiological mechanisms for each type of register, especially the very high frequency one.

Conclusions

One of the unique aspects of this work is that it provides very complete information about the voice registers used by opera sopranos when singing, especially the very high voice registers, which have been very little known up to know. Moreover, it has been shown that the methodology employed therein is efficacious and non-invasive, a fact that could be very useful for singing teachers regarding the functioning of voice mechanisms. This is not a tool for learning to sing well but for understanding those elements of the vocal organ that have to be worked on for each register. In this way one avoids the incorrect use of the voice that can result in lesions of the voice box and chords.

According to ear, nose and throat specialists, this work has enabled the routine and simultaneous application of acoustic and aerodynamic analysis of procedures employed for the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders in the study of physiology and physiopathology of the singing voice.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Elhuyar Fundazioa. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Elhuyar Fundazioa. "Understanding The Voice Mechanisms Of Sopranos." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 December 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/12/041219160022.htm>.
Elhuyar Fundazioa. (2004, December 31). Understanding The Voice Mechanisms Of Sopranos. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/12/041219160022.htm
Elhuyar Fundazioa. "Understanding The Voice Mechanisms Of Sopranos." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/12/041219160022.htm (accessed September 23, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Liberia Pleads for Help to Fight Ebola

Liberia Pleads for Help to Fight Ebola

AP (Sep. 22, 2014) — Liberia's finance minister is urging the international community to quickly follow through on pledges of cash to battle Ebola. Bodies are piling up in the capital Monrovia as the nation awaits more help. (Sept. 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Doctor Says Border Controls Critical

Ebola Doctor Says Border Controls Critical

AP (Sep. 22, 2014) — A Florida doctor who helped fight the expanding Ebola outbreak in West Africa says the disease can be stopped, but only if nations quickly step up their response and make border control a priority. (Sept. 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Global Ebola Aid Increasing But Critics Say It's Late

Global Ebola Aid Increasing But Critics Say It's Late

Newsy (Sep. 21, 2014) — More than 100 tons of medical supplies were sent to West Africa on Saturday, but aid workers say the global response is still sluggish. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Sierra Leone in Lockdown to Control Ebola

Sierra Leone in Lockdown to Control Ebola

AP (Sep. 21, 2014) — Sierra Leone residents remained in lockdown on Saturday as part of a massive effort to confine millions of people to their homes in a bid to stem the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. (Sept. 20) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins