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The Female Singing Voice - Larynx Dampening Benefits

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As I began working to develop the Intrinsic Anchoring set in TVS pedagogy, something very profound began to be revealed to me. Perhaps this conclusion has been made by generations of great voice teachers through the ages, I suppose it has, but I discovered this on my own path as I often do. The big revelation was that the female singing voice is in need or benefits from larynx dampening or intrinsic anchoring, possibly more than the male voice.

The Benefit Of Intrinsic Anchoring to Female Vocalists

Intrinsic Anchoring is so important to producing an amazing vocal tone that I have to emphasize again that both genders must learn to engage it. However, because of the physiological differences between male and female vocal tracts, I have to admit and feel it is my duty to inform the fairer sex that without intrinsic anchoring, you run a high risk of sounding either like a choral girl or too screechy on your belts and head tones.

The Female Vocal Tract vs Male Vocal Tract - The Voice Foundation Symposium

A Crucial Difference Between Male- And Female Singers

Though it is not preferred, men can sing without laryngeal dumping when belting. The resulting tone quality will sound splatty, but if that is what they chose for the moment, it is ok. This sound seems to be marginally acceptable in heavy metal, but not so much in other genres. For women, there is not choice in my view. Women simply must engage intrinsic anchoring well into their low belts, maintain through the Passaggio and into the head voice. The laryngeal dumping of the intrinsic anchoring set is the main issue here. Women need to increase the resonant space in their vocal tracts slightly more than men do, and lower in their ranges. Women, they should begin applying the intrinsic anchoring set early on into their belts, approximately around E4, but this is not a hard fast rule. It seems that women should begin intrinsic anchoring about the same time men begin bridging into their head voices.

How Female Vocalists Can Stand Out From The Crowd

But there is good news as well; women who learn to master intrinsic anchoring will stand out in a crowded world of screechy and windy female singing. Do you want to really capture the imagination of your audience and absolutely differentiate yourself from all others? Do you want to amaze the audience, making them remember you long after they go home? Do you want to be the talk of the town? Master intrinsic anchoring and change your phonations from being windy, choral sounds or screechy quacking, to rounded, boomy, formants that have color and depth. People will absolutely love your voice and you will be making a world-class sound that a very few women ever have the opportunity to grasp, train and enjoy.

To learn how to stop singing with a windy choral sound or quacking like a schreeking duck, contact The Vocalist Studio. We have developed a set of specific techniques for the female singing voice that are benefitting women that cannot be found at any other schools of singing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Photos from The Voice Foundation Symposium - 2012

Robert Lunte & Dr. Ingo Titze 

Dr. Robert Sataloff & Robert Lunte






Mary Klimek & Robert Lunte

Robert Edwin & Robert Lunte


Robert Lunte & Cathrine Sadolin









Dr. Sundberg, Dr. Ronald Scherer and Robert Lunte

















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