More on the Pharyngeal Voice

I thought I'd throw in a couple of historical connections regarding the pharyngeal voice. The first person to coin the actual word in print was Edgar Herbert-Caesari, but he also acknowledged in May 1950 in the Musical Times that there was no such thing as a pharyngeal voice. (Semantics, semantics!) Herbert-Caesari asserted the idea came from the Italian [...]

The Interrelationship of Function Through Registration

If you are in, say, the lower register and push the voice up in pitch, at a certain point you will not be able to go any further in chest voice but must all of a sudden shift, not only to a different vocal cord thickness but, in keeping with what we've said, to a [...]

Quote of the Day

The old adage that a house without a good foundation must fall to the ground, is not inapplicable to the formation or building of the voice; for, if the more substantial sounds (the lower tones) are not carefully cultivated, there can be no dependence on the upper tones; they will be uncertain both in strength [...]

Herbert-Caesari on Chest Voice

But first, an aural example:   The "rumble" in the region immediately below the larynx detected in every voice by the investigators [the Old Masters], and of course in their own voices too, they promptly called voce di petto, chest voice. (This is readily noticed when holding a low note, produced naturally without overloading, and lightly [...]

Put the parts where they belong

There's been a lot of recent talk about musical style and chest voice and head voice as they relate to CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music). It's an interesting discussion, and I wanted to throw some video clips onto the fire. For some classical teachers and singers, just singing the song in your classical voice is fine as [...]