Dispelling Vocal Myths. Part IV: "Talk Higher!"_x009d_

by Deirdre D. Michael
Continuing the series begun in 2010, Michael aims to "clarify misconceptions about vocal production.” In this installment she notes of the titular myth, "Like many of the anatomically incorrect images we use routinely in the studio, this advise is well motivated, but can have unintended consequences.” For part one see 66, no. 5 (547-551); part two 67, no. 4 (417-421); part three 68, 4 (419-425).
Resource Type: Print
Resource Name: Journal of Singing
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Here is a caveat and update to the statement in the aritcle: “What is actually needed is an optimal balance of subglottic pressure (air pressure from the lungs) and glottic resistance to that pressure, which is dependent on the desired pitch and loudness.” Strictly speaking, the glottis offers resistance to the flow, not the subglottal pressure. We are urged to use the phrase “glottal flow resistance” rather than “glottal resistance” or any phrase that does not have the word “flow” before the word “resistance”. That is, the larynx offers flow resistance due to the complex laryngeal airway geometry. One should always put “flow” before the word “resistance” because there are other types of resistance of the larynx, specifically internal tissue resistance (due to viscosity) and acoustic resistance (part of acoustic impedance). Thus, we should use “glottal flow resistance” and “laryngeal flow resistance”.
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