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Articulatory Configuration and Pitch in a Classically Trained Soprano Singer
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Voice, ISSN 0892-1997, E-ISSN 1557-8658, Vol. 23, no 5, 546-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies suggest that singers modify articulation to avoid that the pitch frequency F0 exceeds the normal value of the first formant F1(Normal). Using magnetic resonance imaging at a rate of 5 frames/s, articulation was analyzed in a professional soprano singing an ascending triad pattern from C4 to G5 (262-784 Hz) on the vowels /i, e, u, o, a/. Lip and jaw opening and tongue dorsum height were measured and analyzed as function of pitch. Four or five semitones below the pitch where F0 = F1(Normal) the tongue dorsum height was reduced in /i, e, u, a/, whereas in /o/ the lip opening was widened and in /a/ also the jaw opening was widened. At higher pitches, the jaw opening was widened in all vowels. These articulatory maneuvers are likely to raise F1 in these vowels.

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2009. Vol. 23, no 5, 546-551 p.
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Singing, Articulation, Lip opening, Jaw opening, Tongue shape, High-pitched singing, Formant frequencies
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Otorhinolaryngology Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-30689DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2008.02.003ISI: 000269735200005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-69249208713OAI: diva2:402937
QC 20110310 32nd Annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice, PHILADELPHIA, PA, JUN 03-07, 2003Available from: 2011-03-10 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2011-03-10Bibliographically approved

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