1 point@MDEW Humm I am not sure it's related. If my memory is right Fauchtinger idea was to train to have a tongue groove, making the case that high level performers such as Caruso showed such groove. Even if the video talks about the pharynx and it's constrictors, and that he probably talked about it to in his writings, I really don't see they are related since a big part of his theory was that you did that to increase space, she is making a case about how to create the constrictions that leads to the specific quality *twang*. @Robert Lunte I don't particularly know how to make use of it. Given what she said, kermit voice, while making sure that the tongue root was the cause of it, could be a way to acquire the coordination? Not a big fan of this type of reference... I have some ideas about the pharynx that I am trying to organize for a while now for different reasons, mostly using unvoiced, white noise sounds while observing it (since this one you can at least see). It's one of the reasons I would like to hear what people make of it since it introduces variation to exercises done based just on the sound.
1 pointI do not see how this could be new to you. Maybe calling it "Tongue root" and "Pharynx contraction" are new but the idea of anchoring the tongue and Narrowing above the vocal folds have been around forever. Also, what she mentioned about a chamber between the Palatopharyngeus muscle and the back wall of the pharynx has also been discussed many times. Fauchtinger had also mentioned this in his writings and his course. The pillars of the fauces are drawn together in the higher registers. Those two arches that you see when you look in your mouth. "The arches form the pillars of the fauces. The anterior pillar is the palatoglossal arch formed of the palatoglossus muscle. The posterior pillar is the palatopharyngeal arch formed of the palatopharyngeus muscle." Fauchtinger goes into more of the mechanics of singing. Of course he was considered a quack because the physical musculature means nothing to the vocal pedagogy world(sorry about that, I think I am channeling 2 cats now) Anyway that Hyoglossus muscle that was mentioned as "The Root of the Tongue" is the key point between the hyoid bone and the muscles above it and the larynx. The hyoglossus anchors the tongue to the hyoid bone. The palatoglossus links the soft Palate to the tongue. The thyrohyoid membrane connects the hyoid bone to the larynx. So what happens when the tongue root is positioned in this way? The palatoglossus and Palatopharyngeus muscle have a stable anchor to pull against. Also the muscles that pull the larynx down also have a more stable anchor to pull against. Of course what does Fauchtinger know? He wass a quack right? Even so these things are only part of the puzzle. There is no mention of the structure of the larynx and the trachea being drawn together tighter(Which it can now do with the tongue root position) to add its piece of the puzzle into the sound. Sound is not just the source vibration and the resonance chamber. It is also the material that makes up the resonance chamber. A bell of tin and a bell of glass have different timbers even if the same size and producing the same frequency of vibration.