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Why is it called "curbing"?

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Carol M
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I think this is the mode I'm looking for, based on the definition. But I wonder sometimes where the name comes from? I mean it has some sort of reason to it, right? Sometimes knowing the reason helps in execution..

(Before someone says buy the book, I did look into it and it's kinda pricey, and I don't know if the reason for the mode names is in it.)

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Yes, it is in the book, it says that to curb means to hold, to tame, or to keep under control. So pretty much it means that you're creating a hold, or holding back the sound and making it sound restrained (not the same as strained). Hope this helps! By the way, I know the book is pricey, but it's totally worth it!

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I think this is the mode I'm looking for, based on the definition. But I wonder sometimes where the name comes from? I mean it has some sort of reason to it, right? Sometimes knowing the reason helps in execution..

(Before someone says buy the book, I did look into it and it's kinda pricey, and I don't know if the reason for the mode names is in it.)

carol, i've been contemplating buying that book for over 9 months now..lol!!!

i'm afraid i'm gonna get confused and frustrated...lol!!!

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Carol,

Another way to describe curbing is that you are preventing the sound from becoming fully metallic (or "chesty"). Some teachers refer to it as "mix" or "mixed voice," some might refer to it as "head voice with more compression," or some might call it simply "head voice," not making the distinction between curbing and neutral. Hence why the modes were born, to describe sounds in unique ways that don't come with preconceived notions.

By the way, I also highly recommend the book. It's an essential tool for singers to troubleshoot their voice IMO. :)

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