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Radical Resonance

On the tricky topic of resonance, Charles Armstrong joins Vocalogical to share thoughts and opinions, offering an intense dive into what resonance is, how to adjust it, and much much more! Charles, who is a singing teacher holding a degree in linguistics and trained in ENT and SLP work, shares insights and discoveries on the topic.

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Thanks for listening and happy singing!

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671792/

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Profound Placement

For every singer, there’s a different thought on placement. Today, Vocalogical tackles placement, what it means, and how it can help us!

It also features many opinions presented by members of the Vocalogical Conversations Facebook group. Would you like to join us on future discussions? We all encourage you to join!

Next week, a guest is coming on to discuss resonance with us, an episode that will be chock full of information and insight on the voice! Don’t miss out!

For more, find us at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and on Twitter @VocalogicalPod.

Happy and healthy singing, everyone!

Source: The Voice Book, Kate DeVore and Starr Cookman

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Microphone Madness

Technology surrounds us, and that includes microphones! Today, Vocalogical gets into the history of microphones, how it allows singers to do incredible and crazy things, what the best mics on the market are, and much more.

Are you a guru on the mic? Join Vocalogical Conversations on Facebook and share your expertise! Ask questions and connect with fellow musicians and singers as we learn more about the voice together.

Always feel free to contact Vocalogical at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and on Twitter @VocalogicalPod!

Microphone resources:

https://www.gearank.com/guides/live-vocal-mic

http://www.wirerealm.com/guides/top-10-best-microphones-recording-vocals

https://ehomerecordingstudio.com/best-vocal-mics/

 

Sources:

http://microphone-data.com/media/filestore/articles/History-10.pdf

https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/introduction-ear-monitoring

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Agility of the Voice

Riffs and runs are all around us! What allows us to sing all of the crazy fast parts of a song? Vocal agility! Today, we tackle the what, how, and why of agility, how we can find it in our own voices, and why it’s so important to work on. We also sing through a few exercises that are perfect for getting your voice more agile and ready to go.

For more, join us on Facebook in the Vocalogical Conversations group, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, Vocalogical.com, and on Twitter @VocalogicalPod. Never be afraid to reach out, ask questions, and share your experiences!

 

Sources: The Techniques of Bel Canto, Giovanni Battista Lamperti

The Structure of Singing, Richard Miller

http://ijhv.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/97_human-voice-vol-1.pdf

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Best of Breathing Part 2

On our second look into breath and the voice, we learn how much breath we should be using to sing, how to attain or get rid of a breathy sound, and how to healthily increase volume through a connection with the breath!

These are topics singers have to face on a daily basis, and the more aware one is, the more control he/she will have over this beautiful, but sometimes tricky, instrument.

Join us for discussions on our Facebook group, Vocalogical Conversations, where I'll also be posting a poll for next week's topic! For more, find us at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and Twitter @VocalogicalPod.

Have an excellent week, everyone, and happy singing!

 

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Best of Breathing Part 1

Breath allows us to live, and breath allows us to sing! Join Vocalogical on a journey through our breathing system, learn about the muscles involved, and try some exercises that are perfect for establishing breath support.

This is only part 1! More will be discussed next week on breathing topics such as: What creates a breathy tone? How much breath should I use? How can I gain more control with the volume of my voice? So, stay tuned as more is just around the corner!

Want to jump into a discussion? Vocalogical Conversations has been created! Find the group on Facebook, where you can create posts, share experiences, and ask question about the wonders of the voice. Connect with others and enjoy your stay!

For more, find us at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and on Twitter @VocalogicalPod.

Have an excellent week, and happy singing!

Sources: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Muscles_of_Respiration#Accessory_Muscles

http://www.voicescienceworks.org/how-we-make-sound.html

 

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Tone of voice has a huge impact on how others perceive what we say! Albert Mehrabian and his studies help us understand how our voices affect the meaning of our words. 

A dramatic reading of a Shakespeare monologue and a couple of fun speech exercises takes us on a journey to greater control of our tone with both singing and speaking. 

Sources: Mehrabian, A. and Wiener, M. (1967). Decoding of inconsistent communications, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Mehrabian, A., and Ferris, S.R. (1967), Inference of Attitudes from Nonverbal Communication in Two Channels, Journal of Consulting Psychology

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What Voice Type Am I?

Today, Vocalogical answers the age old question: “What voice type am I?” Singers are plagued with this question frequently, and it could lead to more harm than good. Here’s a great way to answer this in a way that’s clear, concise, and sure to put your mind and voice at ease!

Find us at: Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and on Twitter @Vocalogicalpod

Here’s a long list of tons of different voice types: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fach.

Sources: https://www2.lawrence.edu/fast/KOOPMAJO/antiquity.html

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Accents are all around us! Kevin Terwin and Carolyn Becker joins Vocalogical to discuss accents, origins of them, and how it applies to speech, singing, and performing. Fun is to be had along the way as this trio talks, smiles, and laughs their way through this fascinating topic.

Kevin brought up the International Dialects of English Archive, which can be found here: http://www.dialectsarchive.com/ 

This is a perfect resource for those wanting to hear other accents speak through English text! It’s great for learning and experiencing the sounds of cultures around the world.

Find more at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and Twitter @VocalogicalPod.

Happy singing and thank you for listening!

Sources: http://mentalfloss.com/article/29761/when-did-americans-lose-their-british-accents

https://www.livescience.com/33652-americans-brits-accents.html

http://www.atlas.mouton-content.com/secure/generalmodules/varieties/unit0000/virtualsession/vslessons/thomas.pdf

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Vocalogical busts its first myth!

Babies can scream for hours on end without seemingly damaging their voices. This led to many claims that newborns have flawless technique and instinctively understand how to vocalize properly. This isn’t quite true, and Vocalogical digs into the how and why such loud sounds can come out of such a small child!

As a bonus, we compare a lion roar to a baby cry, and they aren’t as different as you may think.

 

Sources: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45141459/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/how-do-lions-grab-attention-they-roar-babies/#.WU51pGgrIps

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0027029

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a536698/seven-reasons-babies-cry-and-how-to-soothe-them

https://www.babycenter.com/404_why-does-my-baby-cry-so-much_9942.bc

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