jonpall Posted July 6, 2011 Share Posted July 6, 2011 Does anyone know if cord compression is a good idea or even possible on very open and loud vowels in the tenor range? Perhaps it's only possible, or a good idea, to do it on "medium" open vowels (like I, O and Uh)? The CVT book states that if you want to sing a very open vowel like f.ex. Eh (as in "stay" or "egg") or Oh (as in "so") on a note in the tenor range AND have it resonant, thick, powerful and loud, you can't have the hold/cry/cord compression that you have in curbing. You have to let go of the hold and go into a kind of shouting throat configuration, similar to when you shout at someone across the street. (Note that twang will increase the volume even more.) The book very much equates cord compression to medium volume, meaning that you simply can't get to extreme low or high volumes with cord compression. But - I'm just not sure if this is true. It seems that it's possible for me to sing a few "medium" open vowels (I, O and Uh) in the tenor range, with compression/hold, with medium volume ... and then kind of "open" up to a bigger vowel (f.ex. Oh) - and NOT lose the cord compression. So that kind of contradicts the CVT book. No wonder I've always had a love/hate relationship with that book. But what's most likely, of course, is that I'm simply doing something wrong and I THINK I'm doing cord compression/hold on those Oh vowels in the tenor range - but I'm really not. Or what do you think? Here's an example: When I sing Journey's "Open arms", in the chorus there's the line "come to you". I sing the word "come" with a very open vowel - Oh with an Ah-type open throat configuration. And I feel that I have some cord closure/compression/hold. And when I sing the words "to you", I sing vowels that are not as open, but STILL I don't feel that anything has really changed in my throat, except I've closed my mouth a bit compared to the Oh/Ah vowel - and I STILL feel that I have the hold/compression. So to sum it up, when I'm singing a song in that style, I kind of have a CONSTANT cord compression going on and the ONLY thing that's different for me when I sing those biggest vowels (like Oh) is that I open my mouth a bit more and realize that the sound will get slightly louder (because of the vowel change and the lowering of the jaw). Some of you guys know a whole lot about these things so it would be cool if you could comment a bit. Cheers. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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