Singing Voice Principles

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Principle One
Voice is speech, produced in the mouth, not in the throat (called vocal chords or folds).  Only basic sounds (embryonic vibrations) are produced in the throat (larynx) which are transformed in the mouth by the phonetic process through vowels and consonants.  This is what we call the ‘voice’.

Principle Two

The natural range of the human voice is produced only by learning to always ever use the least amount of tension of the vocal folds and the least amount of breath of each and every tone.  Nature is ever efficient.

Principle Three

Breath is clearly a key to voice generation, though not the essential power which many approaches teach today.  Contrary to popular opinion, singing develops the cardio-vascular system, which includes our lungs and it’s generating power, similar to any physiological process which develops the organ from which it takes place.  So it is not breathing that develops singing, but singing that develops breathing.

Principle Four

The most important focus in voice production is resonance*1.  It provides the voice with volume, loudness*2, and quality.  It is therefore essential to rely on resonance rather than force in generating a big and pleasing which reflects you both emotionally and psychologically.

Principle Five

Singing and speaking are similar physiological processes and are therefore the same process.

The speaking voice acts as the key factor of the singing voice and makes-up its true support. In its very nature, singing is actually merely speaking in musical rhythm.  And so, no accurate singing can exist without an accurately produces speaking voice.

Principle Six

The singing voice has no registers when accurately generated.  According to natural laws of physics, the human voice is actually only one register in its full extensibility.  It can as well be extended in either direction by improving physical motor skills. Again, it is only one unitary system.  The belief in head voice, falsetto, and chest voice indicates a misunderstanding and therefore minimizes the natural vocal power, quality, and beauty.   We are a unitary organism with a unitary vocal system.



*Resonance: a sound or vibration produced in one object that is caused by the sound or vibration produced in another.

*Loudness: the characteristic of a sound that has primarily a psychological relationship to physical strength (amplitude)


(c) David Delaney, 2014


Adapted from the work of Mario Marifiotti: Caruso’s Method of Voice Production, Dover Press.

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