Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Exertion on Efficiency and Ease of Voice

"The Impact of Specific Exertion on the Efficiency and Ease of the Voice: A Pilot Study" Alison D. Bagnall and Kirsty McCulloch

Previous and current voice literature encourages relaxation for better voicing to avoid muscular tension, strain, and force, for both singers and those who speak publicly. However, evidence shows that those whose head and neck musculatures are active rather than passive have more energy while performing. This article goes through the physiological parts of using ones voice and the process and findings of an experiment based on “Voicecraft” training. In this experiment 10 volunteers, made up of men and women, speech and language therapists and singers, young adults and elders. Each subject was recording immediately before and after their participating in a 3 or 6 day “Voicecraft” training, then were asked to complete a questionnaire assessing their ease, comfort, overall and on specific body parts. Judges then listened to the pre-training and post-training recordings and assessed the differences. 80% of the judges assessments matched the personal assessments, which showed the subjects’ comfort and ease were significantly higher after the training, with no significant change in overall exertion. Although the results of this pilot study conflict with previous teachings and beliefs, it may help define the best way to use the voice to increase clarity, stamina, and maintain vocal health.

2 Comments:

Blogger Scott Spiegelberg said...

Fourth sentence is incomplete. Fifth sentence, replace "their participating" with "they participated". Make the second part of the fifth sentence a separate sentence. Last sentence, clarify the "previous teachings and beliefs" a little.

Sunday, December 04, 2005 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger dbu_us said...

Nice explanation. Needs some clairifications.

Thursday, December 08, 2005 9:42:00 AM  

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