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The Singer's Voice: The Human Voice

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Authors Robert Caldwell
ISBN 1934477236
Length 1 DVD
Price $225.00
B. Raymond Fink, M.D.

“The Vocal Folds videotapes explain how the sounds of the singing voice originate and outline the basic principles of training. Simple but quite accurate colored drawings of the larynx are animated to show the way the parts work together. The narrative is lucid, beautifully spoken, perfectly timed and technically accurate, yet easily understandable to the non-specialist.”
University of Washington School of Medicine

The Singer's Voice: The Human Voice

The Human Voice lets you show your students the complex relationships that allow the singer’s voice to emerge as a whole—as easily and effectively as possible with rich 3D animations. 

With The Human Voice, you can explicitly build a robust visual foundation for your advanced vocal pedagogy classes. With animations, you connect the dots between every technical approach to singing and vocal pedagogy for issues such as sostenuto, mezza-voce, portamento, smooth passages, the “bloom of the voice.”

video sample 1 from The Human Voice

video sample 2 from The Human Voice

In tandem with Resonance, you deliver the complete source-filter theory, which is the theoretical basis for all advanced pedagogy. And with this film, you deliver a summary for all previous films in the series.

And like Breath, Vocal Folds, Vocal Tract, and Resonance, The Human Voice is part of the integrated vocal pedagogy multimedia platform.

The Human Voice begins with a tour of the medium of the voice—springy air—and how the human body adapts to it to produce vocal sound. 

After this introduction, it then goes on to help you introduce sound in such a way that singers need to understand it. The normally static concepts spring to life in 3D, allowing your students to later understand such things as vowel modification, formants, registers, and vowel tracks. It helps answer such things as why singers can produce multiple vowels on the same pitch, or why vowels have pitch, or why high notes of sopranos always sound like ah. 

It then lets you tie the events within the larynx to sound (the source). You can illustrate to your students not only the air moving through the vocal folds, but how the vocal folds vary the shape of the air coming through, all while maintaining the same pitch, resulting in very different registers. It then lets you illustrate how these changes produce parallel changes in the spectrum of partials—the singer’s voice accompanied visually with actual data-driven animation, a major pedagogical benefit for your students.

It then lets you show your students how these events within the larynx are filtered by events in the vocal tract—again tied to the spectrum of partials. And all of this helps you deliver the big payoff ideas in your classes related to matching partials with formants, even with simple two-register and three-register exercises, vowel modification, vowel tracks, supportive breath, smooth onset—all aspects of vocal pedagogy.


For the accompanying text, see Beginning the Process, the section "The sound: the interplay between the body and air" beginning on page 233.

For further essays and pragmatic applications of the ideas in this film, see Mastering the Fundamentals and the section "Teaching and Learning Flexible Resonance" beginning on page 191.

For further expansion of how the ideas in this film lead to differences in the voice's registers (timbre), see the sample clip of “formants” from this film.

These units represent a small example of the integrated "mix 'n match" materials you can draw from the platform to enrich your teaching.


To see how Resonance fits into the larger multimedia platform, you might explore the following links:

overview of the pedagogy multimedia platform

organization of the pedagogy multimedia platform

reviews from across the multimedia platform

why multimedia?

sample chapter 8 “Breath” (from Mastering the Fundamentals)

sample clip of “sound at the vocal folds” (from The Human Voice)

sample clip of “formants” (from The Human Voice)


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