Is the cricothyroid muscle the same muscle as the pharyngeal constrictors?

A University Student recently asked me,” Is the cricothyroid muscle part of the pharyngeal constrictors?”

My reply to the student was, “the cricothyroid muscle exists as an extension of the pharyngeal constrictors and is where the line of muscle merges.”

There is in fact a strong possibility that the cricothyroid muscle is a part of the pharyngeal constrictors. I realized this after I reviewed a video of the anatomy of the larynx, which I recorded at the Mayo Clinic. When I touched the cricothyroid muscle and the pharyngeal constrictors carefully, I noticed that both of those muscles seemed to be connected to each other.
I cannot say for sure, because although we live in modern times the science behind this area of muscle groups is still vague, in determining as well as knowing how the soft tissues are classified and move.

Note1:If the cricothyroid muscle is the same muscle as the pharyngeal constrictors, that means that the pharyngeal constrictors are also very important in controlling tone and pitch in vocalization.


A smartphone focus study: Don’t even hold a smart phone if you want to seriously listen to music!

I recently conducted a study about how smartphones effect an individual’s ability to focus, specifically when listening to music. This study consisted of two groups, A and B, with 5 people in each.
The first task of the study groups was for them to listen to a song for one minute and try to memorize both the music and lyrics at the same time.
Group A was permitted to hold smart phones, whereas group B did not hold anything.

I didn’t tell Group A not to look at or use their smart phones, ideally they were free to make that choice.
After they listened to the music, each individual from the groups was brought one by one into a private room and asked to recollect and sing the same song they just heard. Their responses were then compared to the original song, determining whether they could sing
it correctly or not. The scoring was based on their ability to recite the lyrics and the melody.

As a result, one of team A and four of team B could remember and sing the song correctly.

In next task of the study, group A did not hold anything and group B held smart phones, while again listening to a song with the goal being to memorize as much of the lyrics and melody as possible.
This time a slightly shorter song was used.
As a result, three of team A and two of team B could recite and sing the song correctly.

In regards to the above reasons, I have concluded that if a person holds (even if they are not using it at that moment) a smart phone, they will defocus on listening to music.
To confirm this conclusion, for the third task I asked both groups to all hold pens instead of smart phones or nothing. They listened to a final song. Surprisingly every one of them could recite and sing the song correctly.
My guess is that the individuals in this study group as well as most people when holding a smart phone, unconsciously always think that they will receive a call, text, e-mail or social media alert. Those thoughts whether worrisome or not are enough of a small distraction to affect the individuals’s ability to focus.
Please do not hold your smart/mobile phone if you really want to focus on listening to or memorizing music.

Tips, when using a condenser microphone

There are roughly two types of commonly known vocal microphones. The first one is a condenser microphone, and the second is a dynamic microphone.
The dynamic microphone generally costs less than 100 dollars. The condenser microphone usually costs more than 500 dollars.
The sound quality of a condenser microphone also depends on the quality of a pre-amplifer. This is because you need a pre-amplifier to supply the power to the condenser microphone.
A condenser microphone is of superior quality in comparison to a dynamic microphone, and can really pick up and duplicate the sound of an individual’s natural voice. On the other hand, it is also easy to pick up other noises as well.
However, if an individual can use the noise well in conjunction, they can showcase and use the noises to enhance and blend well with their voice.
The most common way is to use the voice’s ability to produce a raspy or hoarseness effect when singing.
If you leak a little air while singing when you use the condenser microphone then your voice will still sound rich and that leaking of air sound will not be picked up or noticed by the microphone.
However, if the amount of breath is too much and/or the leaking air makes a gasping sound, the microphone will pick it up (making it noticeable) and your singing voice will not sound as good.

Note:If you cannot control the amount of leaking air when singing, please try the following to gain more control: Stick out the lower portion of your jaw to pull the genioglossus muscle. Then, move the hyoid bone and the larynx to a more forward position. The obturator muscle and the dilator muscle will widen, making it easier to control the amount of exhalation going through vocal folds.
If you try to stick out your lower jaw too much or too far, the muscles are extended and become stiff, and will negatively effect your vocalization. Always be careful and aware to what degree you are applying to your muscles when extending or contracting.