Our breath has a tone

Although I cannot say for sure that it is a completely easily distinguishable tone, but yes – our breath has ‘a tone!’
I tested this theory, using a recorder.
The findings are as follows:
I selected a testing group and asked each person to play the same melody using a recorder. When comparing the playback recorded sounds, I found that even though each test subject used the same instrument and played the same melody, every tone varied with each individual.
As a result, it can be determined that the breath has a tone.
Breath comes out from the body passing through the lungs, the bronchi, the glottis, the laryngeal ventricle, the piriform recess, the pharynx and the oral cavity.
Exhaled air is different with each person, depending on the body’s varied qualities of the above tissues such as shape, size, length, weight, hardness or angle.
These differences affect the tone of our breath when blowing into the recorder.
The main factors that influence voice tone production are not only the five resonance chambers, but also exhaled air.
It’s true – in all over the world, no one has the same voice.


The reason why a person’s sneeze can sometimes sound so loud

Have you ever been surprised to hear a really loud sneeze in a public place such as when walking on the street, shopping, riding the train or at the office?
The sneeze noise is referenced to as ‘Haku-Syon’ in Japanese and ‘Achoo’ in English. In my opinion, the Japanese sneezing noise makes a louder sound due to its pronunciation length, compared to the English noise.
The action of sneezing is a corneal reflex, for ridding the body of foreign substances or thermoregulation.
The breath and movement of the larynx muscle plays a very important role in controlling the volume of an individual’s sneeze. This is because sneezing is an involuntary movement.
However, if these muscles deteriorate, the sneeze noise tends to be louder than usual because the muscles can’t be controlled well.

LDP….Some professionals can fix LDP, and others cannot

If you have any of the following problems with your throat it is best to first go to an ‘Otological Doctor’ or a ‘Voice Care Specialist.’ Such as a feel of choking, difficulty in letting out the voice, if your throat makes abnormal noises when drinking water, if your voice sounds boxy or it’s generally hard to let out any kind of high register tone.
If a Doctor cannot detect any specific problem or fix your throat after taking treatment, you possibly have LDP.
L.D.P. stands for ‘Larynx in a Deep Position.’ It is a muscle habit. When the muscles relating to vocalization become stiff and the larynx is positioned in deeper than normal position. LDP is not a disease, it is a condition.

I use these following methods to treat LDP;
1.Tugging and stretching the throat muscles (to relax the muscles and give it flexibility)
2.Ultrasonic treatment targeting the throat muscles
3.Ultrasonic treatment targeting the muscles relating to vocalization
4.Infrared therapy for improving motion performance of the throat
5.Microcurrent treatment for the throat muscles
6.Low-frequency therapy for improving muscles relating to vocalization
7.Red LED therapy for improving the blood circulation of the superior laryngeal artery
8.Electric needles specifically for improving the blood circulation of the middle constrictor
9.Regular breathing training
10.Pressure breathing training
11.Pulling out the hyoid bone
12. Mobilization of the cricothyroid articulation.
13.Training to improve utterance and the common stutter
14.Weight training of the cricothyroid muscle

I give a lot of treatments individually depending on each individual’s condition.
However, I never know exactly how long it takes to fix LDP completely, because every condition’s degree varies. Persistence, dedication, and continuity are always needed from both the individual and the professional treating the issue for the outcome to be successful.

How I diagnose LDP                                                                                         (1) The throat makes abnormal sounds, when the thyroid cartilage is moved      from side to side without pushing                                                                     (2) I can see the omohyoid muscle going up when letting out the voice               (3) Measurement, when using a muscle hardness meter, is more than 30Tone.

Some people have all three of the above issues, others may only have one of the three, and rarely there is an extremely critical condition of LDP.
Some people can be fixed only after a couple times of treatments, and others cannot be fixed even after treatment for more than a couple years. Many patients give up hope when lengthy treatments take too long. When beginning treatment it is important to be familiar with the condition, the treatment procedures, have a positive outlook, and be committed to a treatment schedule.

Note:I have treated thousands of patients who have LDP.
From this experience, I have found that the following types of individuals can fix LDP quickly when they:
1.Take treatment very often within a short time frame
2.Feel serious, eager and want to fix LDP
3.Take voice care candy daily
4.Understand the basic mechanics of vocalization
5.Often enjoy singing or music
6.Have an active lifestyle or are athletic in currently playing or used to do sports before

An unsuited throat for singing

Unfortunately, if the incisura of the thyroid cartilage is really visible, then that individual’s throat may not be suited for singing.

When the incisura of thyroid cartilage is visible, the thyroid cartilage and cricoid cartilage lean forward, causing (Larynx Deep Position) LDP. Noticeable symptoms would be feeling a lump, choking and/or coughing in your throat which absolutely obstructs singing.
Even if you do not have LDP, (in regards to the cricoid cartilage) if the cricothyroid articulation cannot move wide enough, as shown in the drawing below, it is difficult to let out a high and low pitched voice.

The Sternohyoid muscle

The sternohyoid muscle is located under the skin, the subcutaneous fat and the platysma muscle.
The sternohyoid muscle is a very small, thin muscle. Its role is to push the hyoid bone down to support both vocalizing and swallowing.
If you touch the sternohyoid muscle with your finger, you can determine the origin and insertion in association with cricothyroid muscle. The origin is the fixed attachment, while the insertion moves with contraction.
The greatest characteristic of the sternohyoid muscle is the number of muscles it consists of, it usually has one on the left and another on the right side respectively.
However, the sternohyoid muscle sometimes has a different number (greater than two) of muscles on the left and right side in certain people.
Some people have several sternohyoid muscles from the origin and insertion, or some people have a sternohyoid muscle which branches to several other muscles in the middle.
However, the sternohyoid muscle doesn’t affect an individual’s vocalizing or swallowing so much. So, it doesn’t matter how many total sternohyoid muscles you have eventually.
Even if you have laryngeal surgery or thyroid gland surgery and are not able to move the sternohyoid muscle properly, you should still be able to let out your voice or eat food.

Note:I often hear vocal coach’s say to vocal trainees, “Please focus on the sternohyoid muscle and the thyrohyoid muscle when you are singing, because these muscles are important for vocalizing.” Personally I believe that the sternohyoid muscle is ‘NOT’ necessarily needed for singing, and
additionally, it is impossible to train the sternohyoid muscle.
In fact, I know some singers that can still sing a song with a beautiful voice, after excising the sternohyoid muscle and/or the thyrohyoid muscle after thyroid gland surgery.
However, if you have a deep scar or adhesion on the soft tissues after surgery, I recommend you rest to heal it as well as treat it immediately. Otherwise, it will affect other muscles negatively and depress the performance of your singing.

Be careful when singing/performing on the street or outdoors in a public place

There are a lot of singers that have concerts on the street or outdoors in a public place. This style is usually a beginner or amateur singer’s starting point to gain experience and become comfortable singing songs in the front of many people. Some experienced singers too, choose this open air style on the street in a public place. They prefer outdoors instead of indoors. It brings the performer closer to the audience in a more intimate setting when compared to a large venue and stage. Be careful though, because this setting presents challenges to the audience listening to the sounds as well as the singer producing a well heard sound.

People tend to let out their voice louder when singing a song outdoors. This is because of the accompaniment sounds, whether it be the other instruments around them or just simply local noise. The voice when vocalizing spreads in the air, mixing with many other sounds in the vicinity, making listening when outdoors harder than in an enclosed area with isolated sounds.
If the location of the street venue is noisy and has sounds such as car traffic for example, it will surely affect the singer’s vocalization. More often than people think in this situation the singer is competing with background noises. This can make a singers voice worse, due to having to let out their voice louder than usual which can cause straining/trouble to the voice. Many good singers can start off well in this setting, but after just a few songs in a short amount time their voice will sound strained, hoarse and tired. Even with superior sound equipment… taking into consideration the setting and all the sounds in the area prior to an outdoor event will really prepare any singer and increase the probability of a successful singing performance.
Tips for singers who are planning to sing outdoors:
1.Keep the muscles related vocalization flexible
2.Resonate the voice in the pharyngeal cavity when singing and do not strain or stress that to compete with area noises
3.Don’t sing for extended/long periods of time
4.Don’t sing in an extremely noisy place
5.Use a good microphone
6.Cancel the concert when the weather is bad

How chronic sinusitis can influence the voice

I have examined many singers who have chronic sinusitis.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses, which is in any of the hollow areas of the skull around the nose. Sinusitis may be caused by anything that interferes with air flow into the sinuses and the drainage of mucous out of the sinuses, such as infection, allergies, air pollution, or structural problems in the nose. The most common symptoms are thick nasal mucus, a plugged nose/congestion, difficulty breathing, and/or facial pain. The combination of swollen nasal membranes and excess mucus make it difficult to breathe normally through the nose. This blockage can affect and alternate between one or both sides of the nose.

The most recent case I observed was a young man who started having the chronic sinusitis when he as kid. His paranasal sinuses (moreover the maxillary sinus) were constantly filled with mucus and pus. Over the years he had tried many antibiotics as well as just ignoring the problem hoping it would resolve itself. I examined him physically, then factored in his history and discussed his vocal expectations. He is generally good at singing slow tempo ballads, but not fast tempo music like pop. I recorded his voice, which sounded a little boxy and soft. His paranasal sinuses were filled with mucus and pus at the time of the first recording.
Next, I recommended him to take a Chinese herbal remedy to treat the sinusitis. I recorded his voice again after a few weeks of the treatment. After reviewing the recording, I determined that his voice indeed sounded clearer and brighter than when we first recorded before. I then let the young man hear the two recordings. When comparing the two recordings of his voice, he also agreed that the voice after the treatment obviously sounded better than the other. Following his treatment the young man was able to breath easier through a clear nasal passage. Overcoming the chronic sinusitis gave him the physical ability to vocalize normally, which raised his confidence, and he reached his goal of being good at singing fast tempo music.
The paranasal sinuses are normally filled with the air, but in the case of sinusitis the paranasal sinuses are filled with pus and/or mucus.
The paranasal sinuses in the nasal cavity create resonance when singing, it always has to be clear and hollow.
If there is foreign matter in the paranasal sinuses, or an abundance of mucus/pus, that will obstruct the voice’s resonance and make vocalization sound bad.
Please seek treatment for chronic sinusitis, if you have it.