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Module 4 - The Human Voice

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Voice  ::   Speech Production  ::   Speech Recognition  ::   Singing


It is often said that music is the universal language. If that is so then the oldest instrument of all, the human voice, is probably used the most to communicate, both by spoken word, and by song.

In this chapter you will learn about the signing voice, and how it differs from that of the speaking voice.

To successfully complete this chapter you should...

  • Read chapter 17 in your text book (pages 347-366).
  • Carefully study the important concepts about keyboards as you read the chapter.
  • Be able to explain how the singing voice differs from the speaking voice.

Important Concepts

Formants and pitch
Difference between spoken and sung vowels
Singer's formant
Formant tuning by sopranos

Breathing and air flow
Tidal volume
Inspiratory reserve volume
Residual volume
Vital capacity

Registers, voices, and muscles
Other factors influencing spectra of sung notes

Choir singing

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