How Your Voice Works

Sing Like a Star Studios offers Voice Lessons for all ages and experience levels from professional singers to beginners, Songwriting, Piano and Guitar, Lessons for Children, Studio Recording, and Performance Opportunities. We offer a Lessons for Less program with our highly qualified and trained Sing Like a Star Associate Teachers and a very unique and age-appropriate program for younger singers. You can take lessons from anywhere in the world with our Online Lessons.

The first step to getting started with any of our classes is to register for a no-obligation GETTING TO KNOW YOU introductory session with the teacher of your choice. Students who are highly motivated or are interested in becoming professional singers should invest in lessons with studio owner and Master Teacher Tricia Grey, MM. Students with financial constraints or who are exploring singing for fun will enjoy lessons with our SLaS Associate Teachers.
QUESTIONS? Please email our Sing Like a Star support team at support@singlikeastar.com; call our support team at 404-790-1830 Monday-Friday, 10-6 pm EST.

 

THE LARYNX FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS TOO!)

This is how your vocal folds work in the lower register. Air coming from the lungs creates a vibrational wave, from the bottom of the fold to the top. The folds open and close rapidly, releasing puffs of air every time they open. When you sing a middle C, this happens 256 times per second (Hz).

 

Vocal fold falsett animated

When you are singing higher notes in your upper register, this vibratory pattern begins higher on the vocal fold. The folds are also stretched longer and thinner due to the action of the cricothyroid muscle (CT) tilting the thyroid cartilage forward and down. Since the folds are attached to the arytenoid cartilages in the back of the larynx, when the thyroid tilts forward and down, the folds are lengthened, like rubber bands stretching. The combined result is less vocal fold vibrational mass employed in the upper register.

If you attempt to hold on to the vocal fold mass of the lower register when singing higher pitches (in other words, yelling on high notes) you will experience strain and ultimately, vocal abuse. Most singers try to do this, in the beginning, because the “chest voice” is our speaking voice and feels familiar. It’s hard to let go of what you know! But once singers discover the ease and power of the mix with vocal training at SLaS, they never go back to pushing the chest voice too high.

TRICIA’S VOCAL FOLDS ON LOW AND HIGH PITCHES

Rigid Stroboscopy

 

HOW THE LARYNX PRODUCES SOUND

 

THE LARYNX

 

VIBRATION OF THE VOCAL FOLDS, PROCESS OF PHONATION

ROLES OF THE MUSCLES OF THE LARYNX

 

LOOKING AT A VOICE

VOCAL FOLDS ON LOW AND HIGH PITCH

VOWEL DEMONSTRATOR- HOW CHANGING THE RESONATOR AFFECTS VOWELS

 

THE CRICOTHYROID (CT) MUSCLE- RESPONSIBLE FOR HIGH NOTES, POSTERIOR CRICOARYTENOID (VOCAL FOLD ABDUCTION), LATERAL CRICOARYTENOID (LCA) (VOCAL FOLD ADDUCTION)

INTERARYTENOID (IA) MUSCLES, THYROARYTENOID (TA) (VOCAL FOLD ADDUCTION)

EXTRINSIC MUSCLES OF THE TONGUE

MOVEMENT OF TONGUE AND LIPS DURING SPEECH

TONGUE POSITION IN VOWELS AND CONSONANTS

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ADDUCTED ONSET

RESONANCE

 

 

HOW VOCAL RESONANCE OCCURS: STANDING WAVES IN A CLOSED TUBE

RESONANCE AND THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC

THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC

FORMANTS IN SINGING

GREAT MIX VOICE WITH VIBRATO- ARIANA GRANDE

ANOTHER GREAT MIX WITH VIBRATO: BEYONCE

DR BASTIAN- HOW TO CHECK YOUR VOCAL FOLDS FOR EARLY DETECTION OF TRAUMA

DUKE VOICE CARE CENTER- SAVE YOUR VOICE, SAVE YOUR CAREER!

Dr James Thomas explains vocal trauma: NODULES, POLYPS, HEMMORHAGE

Other Sources Recommended by SLaS:

www.ncvs.org. Dr Ingo Titze is the world’s leading vocologist and vocal scientist. This site contains a wealth of information about the voice.

For all questions about lessons at SLaS please visit this page: LINKS TO REVIEW BEFORE BOOKING
We look forward to helping you Sing Stronger……Sing Higher…..and Sing like a Star!