The biceps and triceps of singing


The biceps and triceps of singing

Various ways ofspeaking and singing

the biceps and tricepsof singing

In daily life we hear different ways of speaking and singing around us. We are able to say something in different ways. You can say: “every day I get up healthy and rested”. You can whisper, “hey baby you are the sweetest in the world”. You can call the neighbor in a high, singing voice: “Yoohoo neighbor, coffee?”. But you can also, like a market vendor, advertise your merchandise, loud and loud: “apples, endive and potatoes for sale”.

Globally people recognize and distinguish these sounds and call them with the same concepts. If we want to translate these four differences into singing and make the same sentences in pitch, we will find that speaking in pitch is doable, as is shouting. However, when you try to whisper on pitch or try to sing in a posh, feminine way, you notice that the voice prefers to go higher in order to achieve this adequately. For this we need to understand what it takes to make these different qualities and pitches. The mechanical part of the voice does something different in speaking and shouting than in classical or falsetto singing. Simply put, we sing in two ways, in two modes.

Two waysof singing

One for the low in which the vocal folds are thick: called the speaking mode or mode 1. It is important to know that in this mode the muscle that forms the core of the vocal fold (m. Thyroarytenoid or the TA muscle, is dominant in this quality). To try to clarify this, we use the arm muscles (biceps, tricpeps) as a comparison. When the biceps tighten, it becomes short and thick and causes the hand to come to the shoulder. When the triceps contracts, the biceps relaxes so that it can become longer and thinner and the arm stretches. In mode 1, the voice muscle, the TA muscle (the biceps) is therefore the most important.

The other way that is convenient for the higher notes, also called the thin (stretched) vocal folds, is called or mode 2. Then the (m. Cricothyroid) or the CT muscle is dominant. In this case the “triceps” is most important.

In the past these two modes were called chest and head voice, later modal and falsetto register. Nowadays we speak of Mode 1 and 2. To be remembered by mode 1 is low, a lower number than mode 2, high is a higher number.

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