KillerKu Posted January 10, 2012 Share Posted January 10, 2012 Ok, this is related to something that came up here when discussing the Ee vowel in another thread. I want honest opinions, from people, on vocal cord closure. I'll start off. From a classical perspective, too much cord closure on onset, creating a 'glottal shock' and a 'pressed phonation' is considered damaging. They use the concept of the invisible H (the perfect attack), to soften onset which may add just a bit of air to the sound. The theory is that too firm of a closure, increases the likelihood of damage and easing the onset makes for a beautiful sound. http://www.voiceteacher.com/cordclosure.html Next up, modern singing program philosophy. The concept is if you increase cord closure, you will enable access to higher notes, essentially reducing the break in falsetto, and creating a phonation more suited to other vocal modes (CVT calls them metallic modes) First here's a tutorial on achieving firmer chord closure from an Australian teacher actually encouraging the use of glottal attack to create the phonation: Now personally when I hear his speaking voice, it sounds firm, but not 'pressed' but during some of his exercises particularly with some of the fry it sounds excessive to my ears. Lastly, here is Brett Manning, who's speaking voice is so pressed, it's actually unpleasant for me to listen to. I can't speak for sure as to how damaging this is, but some of his students have had voice problems, as has he. So opinions now? How much is too much, how much is too little? Different singers tend to use different amounts, classical singers use less, which might explain their limited range, and less 'metallic' tones, but traditionally they seem to have less voice problems than pop singers to my knowledge. Speech Level Singing is a very pressed sound in general to the point that hearing these people speak often really annoys me. And onto vocal modes. At what point do you lose access to metallic vocal modes as the amount of air increases? What is the best method of finding 'enough' but not 'too much' for any given vocal task. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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