Saturday, January 31, 2009

IMPORTANT! - Pitch, Range, Resonance, Depth, ---- A true understanding

Keywords
Pitch- the position of the larynx and hyoid bone
Resonance - acquired through proper breathing techniques
Range- Muscle capacity that increases the pitch strength
Depth- Muscle capacity that increase resonance strength

Larynx - Voice box

Hyoid bone - Separates the chin from the neck; the only bone in the human body that is not connected to any others

Geniohyoid muscles - part of a group of muscles that help lift the tongue; they are part of the chin muscles



Resonance and Depth (Proper Breathing)

Resonance is produced through breathing. When you take a breath, the amount of air you able to inhale and exhale is the depth of your resonance.
There are 2 main types of known breathing patterns.
-Upper Breathing (breathing placing tension on the muscles surrounding the throat and chin areas)
-Lower/abdominal breathing(no tension on the chin and throat muscle areas.)

In order to train yourself to start breathing using the muscles around the chin and throat area, you will have to put tension on these muscles . You do this by tightening your neck muscles as if you are sucking on a sour lemon , and then try to breathe/speak. The sound of your breathing will be so shallow and shrill that you will have difficulty drawing breaths. The muscles are not trained to produce speech or to help you breathe, also there is a build up of fat that makes those muscles difficult to move.
You will need to exercise those muscles to create a certain depth that allows you to inhale and exhale with ease. When you exhale, that is the breathy voice which we call resonance. Creating depth increases the volume of your voice. Without depth, you will sound shallow and shrill.

How do you exercise these muscles?
I will suggest that you start from the base of your throat and work your way upwards.
Its just extreme exercising. For tips, use a search engine. happy.gif Push it as far as you can go!



Pitch and Range

Vocal Pitch is the sound a voice makes as it rises or deepens.
Vocal Range is the length of how far the voice can rise or deepen.

Again-
There are 2 main types of breathing patterns.
-Upper Breathing (breathing placing tension on the muscles surrounding the throat and chin areas)
-Lower/abdominal breathing(no tension on the chin and throat muscle areas.)

The majority of women predominately breathe using both upper and lower breathing patterns.
Almost all men perdominately breathe using only the lower breathing pattern.

The way women naturally breathe decides how high or low their natural speaking voice will be.
So, if a woman naturally breathes higher, her natural vocal pitch will be higher.
If a woman naturally breathes lower, her natural vocal pitch will be lower.

Vocal Range decides the extreme height or lowness of the pitch.
This is where the laws of gravity comes into place.
It requires little effort to drop something that you're holding. All you need to do is relax and let it go, but raising something requires a lot more effort. You have to put your muscles in a position to grasp it , and then use whatever muscles you can to help lift it. If your muscles are weak and stiff, you aren't going to be able to lift the object. The stronger and more flexible the muscles are, the easier it will be to lift the object.

What are the objects?
I have been trying very hard not to get too technical with this, but I think you should know what you're trying to achieve before doing it. I'm not going to go completely in depth about this but I'll tell you what you need to know.

The position of the larynx and hyoid bone play a huge part in the pitch of your voice. The higher they are, the higher the pitch.
You can lift these objects by stretching the neck and chin muscles. Constant exercising will help keep the muscles in this higher position so that your pitch will become natural.

The genio-muscle areas(chin muscles) are probably the hardest muscles to workout. These seem to be they key muscles in upper breathing. Initially, it is extremely difficult to speak and breathe because they assist in raising the hyoid bone, which helps raise the larynx. It felt like trying to lift heavy weights with a stiff ,weak, dead arm. Yes, the larynx and hyoid bone psychically moves.You need a lot of depth in order to produce the simplest sounds. Its draining.

My male speaking voice was never that of a flamboyant male. But I assume the flamboyant male voice sounds the way it does because they are putting tension on those geniohyoid area muscles but ,because they don't have the muscle strength to use their voice in a full female manner, everything else is done the way most men speak.



Remember, in order to notice a change in your pitch, you will need to be able to speak clearer using that pitch. That means you need a certain amount of depth in order to clearly hear yourself in that pitch. The area where you are trying to draw your pitch from needs to be exercised, or else your voice (pitch) will sound shallow and shrill to the point where you won't even notice a pitch change because you can't speak.

Things such as articulation, enunciation, clarity, accents, dialects ect.... this takes practice practice practice. You should always practice these things while you're exercising. It helps the brain become more familiar with your speech patterns and encourages it to naturally speak this way. Those things are important but are only the clothing which goes over the body that endured the intense exercises. =)

8 comments:

  1. Okay... I watched Andrea James's DVD, Developing a Female Voice, I think it was called, a while back, and your stuff is honestly more helpful to me! :D

    You, Candi, and Alexandra... you're all a great inspiration!

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  2. I find your opinion on "upper breathing" to be total hogwash... I've sung my entire life. No one I've ever encountered, not one other singer, teacher or professional would ever suggest creating artificial tension in the throat. Singing from the throat or anything else that puts tension there is misguided thinking at best.

    They call it a "wind pipe" for a reason... you shape the sound with your vocal folds and your mouth, but under no circumstances is creating tension in your throat or face ever recommended.

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    1. You're coming from the point of view of a singer, not a speaker. No matter what you do, sing, or speak, you're putting SOME level of tension on your larynx, your throat muscles do tense, and your vocal chords and controlling muscles tense. Most certainly. Without tension, you can't even make a sound, much less a note... so while you are correct, all vocal coaches teach you to be as relaxed as possible, and to not add to the tension that is required for singing or speaking, to think there's no tension at all is misguided. The purpose of THIS tutorial is to teach you to use muscles, that, if you are a man, you've barely ever used to speak with.... to exercise them, develop them, and train them so that you CAN use this technique with minimal tension, similar to how a male uses his normal voice to speak requires minimal tension. But to build these almost atrophied muscles, you need to work the shit out of them.... not OVER work them, but they're weak at first. Developing them takes time, and you must put tension on a muscle to work it. All the vocal training you've ever endured was actual muscle training, so that you could flex your vocal muscles without fatiguing or damaging them and without over working them when you sing. So, I say this with almost 30 years experience as not only a singer, but an extreme metal singer, opera, traditional throat singing, as well as public speaking, and I can assure you that you need to "engage" your vocal muscles to make sound, and engaging them makes tension... and that tension is what causes your voice to be a voice. So you're misinterpreting what most vocal coaches teach, which they themselves have also misinterpreted. I will agree, that once these new muscles are developed and you CAN use this technique, then you want to work on doing so with minimal strain.... which is actually a natural progression of working the muscles... the stronger they get, the less effort they need to move the larynx where it needs to go to work. But this technique is legit, its the "hidden" technique, and if you master it instead of trying to detract from it, you'll quickly learn why it IS a hidden technique, because it yields a 100% passable female voice with no effort, once mastered. So if you ever get clocked, it won't be because of your voice.

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    2. Thank you Evee Studio, that was well put. The upper muscles used to produce a female 'accent' are usually atrophied in males. These muscles need to be exercised in order to property use them.

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  3. Someone mentioned this blog to me and it turns out that the lemon sucking action is the key to moving your adam's apple up and back. Maybe check out my video and give me some feedback? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6ro2R3esHA

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    1. Thank you so much for the informative video. Very helpful! <3

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  4. Hello:

    Thanks for the post and information. Would you mind if I e-mailed you a few quick questions or asked them here?

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    1. Sure. You can post here or send a message.

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