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date: 22 February 2020

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Singing performance is highly competitive; thus, finding strategies to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge that results in an efficient and effective vocal technique is of the utmost importance. There are many ways in which a singer may acquire an efficient and effective vocal technique, which can be based on the physiological processes of voice production. This chapter explores these processes within the context of singing performance. The authors examine three major aspects of singing: 1) efficient control of breathing, such that optimal airflow and subglottal pressure are available as needed, for a given frequency and intensity; 2) maximized laryngeal coordination, so that the voice source signal contains all the necessary frequency components for the desired tone; and 3) the modulation of the source signal by subtle shaping of the vocal tract. The advantages and disadvantages of various pedagogical methods are discussed, including breath management, known as appoggio, and different resonant strategies. The authors advocate for a scientifically-grounded teaching method, which allows for physiological differences between individuals, genders, and voice classifications.

Keywords: vocal technique, subglottic pressure, appoggio, voice source, formant

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