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Best of Breathing Part 1

Breath allows us to live, and breath allows us to sing! Join Vocalogical on a journey through our breathing system, learn about the muscles involved, and try some exercises that are perfect for establishing breath support.

This is only part 1! More will be discussed next week on breathing topics such as: What creates a breathy tone? How much breath should I use? How can I gain more control with the volume of my voice? So stay tuned as more is just around the corner!

Want to jump into a discussion? Vocalogical Conversations has been created! Find the group on Facebook, where you can create posts, share experiences, and ask question about the wonders of the voice. Connect with others and enjoy your stay!

For more, Find us at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and on Twitter @VocalogicalPod.

Have an excellent week, and happy singing!

Sources: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Muscles_of_Respiration#Accessory_Muscles

http://www.voicescienceworks.org/how-we-make-sound.html

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What Voice Type Am I?

Today, Vocalogical answers the age old question: “What voice type am I?” Singers are plagued with this question frequently, and it could lead to more harm than good. Here’s a great way to answer this in a way that’s clear, concise, and sure to put your mind and voice at ease!

Here’s a long list of tons of different voice types: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fach.

Sources: https://www2.lawrence.edu/fast/KOOPMAJO/antiquity.html

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Accents: He Has Class and We Don’t

Accents are all around us! Kevin Terwin and Carolyn Becker joins Vocalogical to discuss accents, origins of them, and how it applies to speech, singing, and performing. Fun is to be had along the way as this trio talks, smiles, and laughs their way through this fascinating topic.

Kevin brought up the International Dialects of English Archive, which can be found here: http://www.dialectsarchive.com/

This is a perfect resource for those wanting to hear other accents speak through English passages! It’s great to learn and experience the sounds of cultures around the world.

Find more at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/Vocalogical, and Twitter @VocalogicalPod.

Happy singing and thank you for listening!

 

Sources: http://mentalfloss.com/article/29761/when-did-americans-lose-their-british-accents

https://www.livescience.com/33652-americans-brits-accents.html

http://www.atlas.mouton-content.com/secure/generalmodules/varieties/unit0000/virtualsession/vslessons/thomas.pdf

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Bountiful Baby Bellowing

Vocalogical busts its first myth!

Babies can scream for hours on end without seemingly damaging their voices. This led to many claims that newborns have flawless technique and instinctively understand how to vocalize properly. This isn’t quite true, and Vocalogical digs into the how and why such loud sounds can come out of such a small child!

As a bonus, we compare a lion roar to a baby cry, and they aren’t as different as you may think.

 

Sources: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45141459/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/how-do-lions-grab-attention-they-roar-babies/#.WU51pGgrIps

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0027029

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a536698/seven-reasons-babies-cry-and-how-to-soothe-them

https://www.babycenter.com/404_why-does-my-baby-cry-so-much_9942.bc

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Vocal Fatigue

Take a deeper look into vocal fatigue, the what, the how, the why, and how to prevent it! Learn tips and tricks to keep your voice happy and healthy as you speak, sing, work, and play your way through the week.

Next week, Vocalogical busts its first myth! Join us to learn more about the infant voice and why they can scream for hours on end without damage.

Questions, comments, concerns? Reach us at Facebook.com/Vocalogical, on Twitter @Vocalogicalpod, and Vocalogical.com!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vocalogical/id1242962222?mt=2

 

Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2925668/


The Owner’s Manual to the Voice, by Rachael Gates, L. Arick Forrest, Kerrie Obert

 

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Voice Lesson 2: Sophia

And we’re back with another voice lesson! Sophia joins us to demonstrate much of what we’ve talked about in Vocal Fry Part 2, applying exercises to find a mix and blend in her voice. She made great progress in this lesson alone, and continues to express better vocal balance and function with each passing week!

Unfortunately, due to a hectic July, voice lessons will be put on hold for the month. However, I would love to take this time to hear your thoughts on the past two voice lessons! Your opinions will help us bring you the best content on the voice and singing.

Please share and spread the word on Vocalogical! It would be very much appreciated, and the more listeners we have talking about the voice, the more we’ll learn collectively!

Vocalogical will return on this coming Wednesday with an episode on the “mixed voice” and how that became so popular over the recent years. Until then, you can find us at Vocalogical.com, Facebook.com/vocalogical, and on Twitter @Vocalogicalpod!

Thank you for listening and happy singing!

IVF

Vocal Fry Stroboscopy

Happy Vocal Fryday! Here’s to another installment in Interesting Voice Facts!

As I was going through my research on vocal fry, I’ve found tons of interesting comments, studies, and theories. Along with it, I’ve found one short video of the vocal folds at work with fry.

Welcome to the world of stroboscopies! A camera is used on a patient, either through the nose or mouth, and it allows for a visualization of the folds themselves. In this case, the patient sings with both vocal fry and normal phonation, allowing us to see the difference.

Thank you to the Osborne Head and Neck Institute for this informative and interesting video! If you’re interested in seeing more, many other stroboscopies can be found on Youtube and elsewhere on the web.

If you haven’t yet listened to Vocalogical’s first episode on vocal fry, it can be found here: http://vocalogical.com/vocal-fry-part-1/

There’s more great stuff on fry coming your way! The second episode will be released this coming Wednesday!

Happy singing!

 

 

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Vocal Fry: Part 1

What is vocal fry anyway?!

We dig deep today with Vocalogical’s newest episode! We learn how our voices are able to make this creaky, unique sound, we talk about conspiracies that swirl around this type of voice production, and we discuss some really nifty studies that were done on the subject matter.

Today is only the beginning! Next week, we have the second part of our focus on vocal fry, featuring exercises and theories, how fry has been used to rehabilitate voices, and how to use it to improve your own singing.

Any questions? Want to know more? Contact me at Vocalogical.com! For more, follow us on twitter @Vocalogicalpod and Facebook.com/Vocalogical.

Happy Singing!

Lessons

Voice Lesson 1: Mike

It’s time for our first voice lesson! Vocalogical welcomes back Mike Wrabel, our guest from Wednesday, to vocalize for and sing with us. In this episode alone, we’ve discussed a lot of vocal concepts! Volume, stronger qualities in the voice, vowels, and extending range are only a few topics that’s talked about. Mike offers great feedback on the exercises we used and the feelings he had.

Miss our interview with Mike? Listen here: http://vocalogical.com/voice-impersonator-mike-wrabel/

For our next Wednesday episode of Vocalogical, we’ll will dig deep on a discussion on vocal fry, which has proved to be a controversial topic in voice technique! Two weeks from today, we’ll have another vocalist come in and sing with us.

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Post a comment or send a message through the contact tab! Vocalogical can also be reached @vocalogicalpod on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/ on Facebook. Thank you for listening and can’t wait to see you again on Wednesday!

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Anatomy of the Larynx

We’re back to discuss the Anatomy of the Larynx! Vocalogical touched upon the different cartilages and muscles of our voices and how they interact with each other. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a perfect basic outline before we dive into more discussions!

If you like what you hear, spread it around and get others involved! The more people we have interacting, sharing stories, and asking questions, the more we’ll learn together.

Next week we have our first guest, an impersonator! We’ll talk about the muscles and how they adapt to create different sounds, and he’ll give a taste as to what making all of these voices feel like. He’ll be singing for our first voice lesson as well, as we try new exercises and discuss results, feelings, and the like on the air.

Join us at https://www.facebook.com/Vocalogical/ and at Twitter: @vocalogicalpod for more discussions, tips, and chats!

Happy Singing, everyone!