Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers

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RESONANCE BALANCING

THE VOCAL TRACT

QUESTION

What is meant by the vocal tract?


COMMENT

The vocal tract is the supraglottal resonator system, extending from the internal laryngeal lips (vocal folds) to the external lip bastion. (See figures 4.1 and 4.2.) It is a flexible, nonfixated system that responds to the articulatory demands of speaking and singing. In its response to the vibrating larynx, it influences the timbres of the singing voice.


CHIAROSCURO

QUESTION

You seem to be very fond of the expression “chiaroscuro.” I understand what it means in the visual arts. What does it mean when applied to singing?


COMMENT

Universally used as a voice-pedagogy term, the expression “chiaroscuro” comes from the international school, and is featured in practical exercises from

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