So just, so small,
yet in so sweet a note,
it seem'd the music
melted in the throat.
Like fabric, voices have texture. Imagine touching cool, smooth satin. Now imagine a voice that is clear and cool, yet slippery and swirling around you. Likewise, imagine touching thick silk velvet. Feeling the warm, deep, soft, pile prompts feelings of decadence. When you hear a velvet voice, your response is the same. You melt in the luxury of the sound.
Do you wonder what your vocal texture might be?
Vocal texture is determined by genetics and by choice. Here are some aspects of voice texture:
Would style and genre of music affect texture? Certainly. People can make all sorts of sounds, especially character voices, take Donald Duck or Bart Simpson for examples. However, there are two constants. One is the particular timbre (non-mobile structures) which identifies you as you! The other which should stay a constant is the technique in which you engage your vocal apparatus.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
Releasing all unnecessary muscle tension while you sing (or play any other wind instrument) allows more resonance to happen. Plus, it makes the whole experience of sound production more pleasurable to the performer as well as the audience.
Skull - the shape and size of your skull affects the timbre of your sound.
Sinus cavities - the size, position and status of your sinuses affect the sonority of the sound you produce.
Mouth - How big your mouth cavity is affects sound. Is your mouth more parabolic or more 'U' shaped? Even your teeth are resonators.
Chest cavities - any open space in your chest area affects your sound. The more open, the more the resonance. So, keep your ribs lifted.
Sternum - this is a main vibration plate. When another singer or recorder player is making a sound directly across from me, I feel it in my sternum. Especially when the pitch starts to pull away, the sound waves are most energized against my sternum. I feel my own sound waves as well as those coming at me. Give it a try, be very relaxed and see what you feel.
The skillful shaping of each consonant and vowel affects the quality and purity of sound. The categories below are a sample of elements that are changeable. The examples do not state what is correct or not in singing, just elements to play with.
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I look forward to hearing from you!