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Effects of a professional solo singer education on auditory and kinesthetic feedback - A longitudinal study of singers' pitch control
KTH, Superseded Departments, Speech, Music and Hearing.
2004 (English)In: Journal of Voice, ISSN 0892-1997, E-ISSN 1557-8658, Vol. 18, no 2, 236-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The significance of auditory and kinesthetic feedback to pitch control in singing was described in a previous report of this project for students at the beginning of their professional solo singer education.(1) As it seems reasonable to assume that pitch control can be improved by training, the same students were reinvestigated after 3 years of professional singing education. As in the previous study, the singers sang an ascending and descending triad pattern with and without masking noise in legato and staccato and in a slow and a fast tempo. Fundamental frequency and interval sizes between adjacent tones were determined and compared with their equivalents in the equally tempered tuning. The average deviations from these values were used as estimates of intonation accuracy. Intonation accuracy was reduced by masking noise, by staccato as opposed to legato singing, and by fast as opposed to slow performance. The contribution of the auditory feedback to pitch control was not significantly improved after education, whereas the kinesthetic feedback circuit was improved in slow legato and slow staccato tasks. The results support the assumption that the kinesthetic feedback contributes substantially to intonation accuracy.

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2004. Vol. 18, no 2, 236-241 p.
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singing, pitch control, training, auditory feedback, kinesthetic feedback
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-43750DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2003.05.001ISI: 000222279600009PubMedID: 15193657ScopusID: 2-s2.0-2942612770OAI: diva2:450248
QC 20111020. 31st Annual Symposium on Care of the Professional Voice. PHILADELPHIA, PA. JUN 05-09, 2002 Available from: 2011-10-20 Created: 2011-10-18 Last updated: 2011-10-26Bibliographically approved

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