I got this question from a singer who has shown a great kinematic performance of the larynx:
Is it true that even if you catch a cold, it is still easy to sing with falsetto?
I thought, that is a really good question!
The answer is yes, the falsetto is displayed when the thin mucosa of the vocal chord mainly vibrates. Where as the original voice is displayed when the vocal cord muscles and mucosa vibrate together.
If you catch a cold, the vocal chord is swollen due to inflammation, maybe you’ve seen the red intrinsic larynx by observing visually or in a hospital, this is referred to as hyperemia.
The hyperemia is when a blood capillary explodes and the blood vessel gets closed.
The hyperemia weighs down the vocal chord, the vocal chord then swells. The heavier weight from being swollen produces a lower pitch than normal.
Furthermore, it becomes harder to control voice pitch, and the throat is more inept to get dry. Mainly because the blood vessel is closed and in turn creates a reduced flow of blood through the bloodstream.
Additionally, increased viscoelasticity of the mucus will occur, and is usually accompanied by sputum in the back of throat. The voice will sound noticeably shattered or gravelly, because when the glottis opens breath is leaked out.
But, what if you experience barely being able to sing with falsetto?
Cold strains do vary. The mucosa has no blood capillary and is sometimes not affected by the hyperemia. Therefore, it is true that even if you catch a cold, it is still easy to sing falsetto.
Of course, the sound quality will vary when you have a cold.
Please be careful not to catch a cold.
Common colds often cause the larynx to become swollen inside, similar to a musician pouring water over their instrument. What happens is that the wooden parts will absorb the water and will not be able to be played properly.
This a is very important overview.
Don’t you think a good voice is determined by the vocal chords?
Actually, a vocal chord mainly creates the sound source and pitch, not quality or resonance.
Vibrations made from the vocal cords’ mucosa and vocal cord muscles are used in concurrence to create the sound source,
The pitch is made by using the length, thickness and hardness of a vocal chord, combined with breath, this is referred to as an “interval”.
So, how is quality and resonance made?
The answer is the resonance chamber.
The resonance chamber can be compared to the strings of an instrument. The quality of sound that the strings produce can be compared to vocal chord strength and movement control. The resonance chamber can be compared to the body of a music instrument.
You can imagine that if you play the strings without body, it does not have a nice ring and makes a weak sound.
The Stradivarius, which is highly prized violin, is of utmost value on its body but not strings.
Therefore, the identity of attractive voice is obviously from the resonance chamber.
Regarding the resonance chamber in people is that
“1:laryngeal ventricle 2: piriform recess 3:pharyngeal cavity 4:oral cavity 5:nasal cavity”(it’s order in closeness, from the vocal chord)
Everything is important but the pharyngeal cavity which which is located behind the hyoid bone is the most relevant chamber to sound quality.
When you change the size or figure of the pharyngeal cavity, which is composed of the soft tissue, the sound quality changes dramatically.
This fact is why, the voice has more tone color and range than a music instrument.
Furthermore,the epiglottis which is a very important part for the bel canto is also in the pharyngeal cavity.
I definitely would like you to practice and learn to control the pharyngeal cavity and the vocal chord well.
Note1:Beside the pharyngeal cavity, are the lips. Which also play a major role in making the tone colorful and tuning. Practice not touching your lips to the tooth surface or gums too much while singing.
Note2:Let’s compare the pharyngeal cavity to musical instruments ranging in different sizes, but can still produce the same strength in volume and pitch. For example, a wooden soprano recorder which is small and thin compared to a metal euphonium which is big.
It’s possible to change the pharyngeal cavity similar to this aspect, because human soft tissue can freely change in size and hardness.
The hyoid bone is located in the back, it has very minor bearing on tone or color changes.
That’s why, it is very important to focus on the strength and quality of the muscles around your larynx.
A Vocal tremor is caused by trembling or shaking vocal cords.
Generally seen in an aging population, voice tremor causes the voice to take on a wavering, unsteady quality. People with vocal tremors may elect to have botulinum toxin injections, which lessens the amount of tremors by causing the vocal cord muscles to weaken. Because botulinum toxin can display the side effect of a quiet voice as it reduces the tremors, most people prefer not to have injections. An alternative treatment is voice therapy, which has also shown high success rates in decreasing tremors while helping to speak stronger and more clearly. Training often in breathing and focused muscle control. A vocal tremor diagnosis can typically be made, simply by listening carefully to a person’s voice. Recently conducting a trial, I asked a small group of people who had been diagnosed as having an essential voice tremor, to chew gum.
Yes, chewing gum!
When the test subjects chewed the gum (simultaneously), they showed decreased signs of their trembling voices and displayed clearer speaking abilities.
I tested so many cases, as a result, I’m getting much closer to figuring out : How to heal a voice tremor?
More tests will be conducted in regards to proper timing, breathing continuity, and also the correct way to chew gum. Which, in turn I believe, are all necessary steps surrounding this training technique – ultimately leading to understanding and healing voice tremors.
I will investigate this further, and plan to update ‘here’ when I get more definitive results.
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“Their voice sounds good”
“They are good at singing”
Which statement is easier to evaluate?
I will solve this question, by using a professional singer and an audience as test subjects.
I asked a good singer who can control his voice well, to perform the following techniques listed below.
(1)Perform good/appealing vocal sounds… using loud voice volume, but with off and unappealing tones while singing.
(2)Perform bad/unappealing vocal sounds… using a quiet voice volume, but with accurate appealing tones while singing.
I used the same music for both performances.
I let the test audience observe and listen, then asked them, “Which performance was more attractive?”
70% of them choose (1) the first performance.
By the way,”Paul Potts” or “Susan Boyle” who had their debuts from a talent show competition TV program,they are known to be valued and recognized by having powerful loud voice volumes rather than good/accurate singing tones.
As I said before, people are sometimes skewed by the impression of a voice, very similar to an impression of a person’s personality.
Therefore, even if you are not skilled at singing, many times an audience will often admire character and a visual traits/impressions and want to support your erformance. A good impression of character can be associated with having a good voice. Though this judgement is little off and incorrect.
Vice versa, if do you have a good voice, people may think you are just using effects and techniques to make your singing sound better. Good singers are often perceived as sounding like they are are making too much of an effort, or are somewhat boring – making it nearly impossible to give them credit or make a good impression.
You know that a listener can be very closed minded and also kind of self-fish in the judgements.
Of course, if you have both a good vice and are also skillful at singing, that is excellent….
Which kind of voice do you have?
Be mindful, The first impression of a voice is very important!