Beautiful Singing: What It is and How to Do It
Implications of the new interactivity (chaos) paradigm in physics
During the Voice Symposium in Philadelphia in June 1993 over an informal
breakfast of street-vendor bagels, a group of voice scientists and teachers,
including Barry Bounous, Ronald Scherer, George Shirley, Johan Sundberg, Ingo
Titze, and the author of this article, discussed the possibility of collecting
all of the pieces of vocal physics and research most relevant to beautiful
singing into one relatively simple, holistic picture. For example, one of the
concepts favorably considered by the group was the centrality to vocal beauty
of getting all the forces of the body to maintain optimally "floppy" vocal
folds throughout singing. During the near decade since that meeting, the major
paradigm shift in vocal physics from linear to interactive, and the discovery
of other important pieces in the beautiful singing puzzle such as the tracheal
tug by the diaphragm and tracheal resonance interactivity with the vocal folds
have prompted this attempt to draw together that holistic picture of what the
scientists are now able to tell us about beautiful singing.
This chapter is a reprint of the article of the same title printed in the
October 2001 issue of the Journal of Singing (see: www.nats.org, Journal of Singing Index, Robison, Beautiful Singing, 2001). However, for the book the language has been revised to be more accessible to the lay singer.
It is a lengthy, in-depth article about the physics of singing, and doesn't
lend itself to being read on a website (plus, we're hoping you'll buy the book).
The pivotal concept in chapter 12 is the notion of tracheal resonance.
This idea is briefly discussed in the article
"The Hidden Factor In Really
Beautiful Singing", in the Singing Beautifully section of