Mancini and the Messa di Voce

I shall do everything, nonetheless, for the love of studious youths, to introduce the love of this exercise, and hatred for presumption, into their souls.Giambattista Mancini If you read the oldest texts on singing, (roughly 1500s to 1820s), you will be immediately struck by the lack of detailed discussion on breathing, or the manner in [...]

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 [...]

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┬ávoce di petto, chest voice. (This is readily noticed when holding a low note, produced naturally without overloading, and lightly [...]

Registrational Denial While Driving Stick-Shift

To test the hypothesis of those who deny registration, one need only apply their reasoning to a similar mechanical principle, a principle which has been worked out by engineers and is demonstrably true. A familiar example is the transmission system of the automobile. In earlier days driving an automobile was a trifle more complicated than [...]

Proper Distinction in Registers

Tell your liver what to do right now. Say, "Liver, do your job!". Go ahead. I'll wait. Anything? Much like other parts of the body, the voice is best trained in a way that is INDIRECT rather than direct. What this means is that methods of singing that attempt to MAKE the voice DO something [...]