zkhandwala Posted April 12, 2011 Share Posted April 12, 2011 I've been studying SLS for just over a year, and have made much progress (though much progress remains to be made!), but am now curious about the various alternate techniques out there, and am looking for a better understanding of a few concepts related to the distinguishing features of some of these techniques. This is my current understanding: Constriction: From what I understand, one of the major differences between a lot of the popular modern techniques relates to how much constriction of the vocal passage is developed and used. It seems that SLS and Bel Canto preach zero constriction (as my teacher says, a little tongue-in-cheek, properly developed and trained vocal folds can 'outconstrict' any extralaryngeal constrictors), while other techniques employ various amounts of constriction/twang, often involving a repositioning or a reorientation of the larynx. It appears that different techniques use different approaches to constriction, utilizing different muscles in different ways. Compression/Support: The SLS technique (at least the way it has been explained and taught to me) doesn't appear to focus much on breathing or support, unlike some of the other techniques. If is is so, I'm assuming that this relates to the idea of constriction, in that a constricted technique requires more control of air pressure dynamics in producing tone than does a technique like SLS. I have a number of other things I'd like a clearer understanding of, but I'll leave it at that for now. Is my understanding at least approximately correct? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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