Head first : the language of the head voice : a concise by Denes Striny

By Denes Striny

Denes Striny's overseas making a song profession introduced him to the main opera homes of the realm in prime roles. even as, he was once evolving his vocal method in a quest to discover his complete vocal power. This booklet records his struggles and successes with himself, academics, coaches, and different singers. Striny, whereas keeping his making a song profession, additionally had a whole studio of singers learning with him in ny City.

In this his first ebook, Striny confronts and explains the common challenge in making a song this day. This challenge is on the heart of an incredible predicament on this planet of opera today-namely, the place have the entire nice operatic voices long gone? Striny dissects the matter and gives the answer, that's a go back to making a song within the "Head Voice," the single actual operatic sound. For the previous sixty years, the data that there are thirty-two muscular tissues, bones, ligaments, and sinewy plenty of tissue positioned round the larynx led academics and scholars to chase this anatomical wisdom looking for solutions to vocal theories. in spite of the fact that, they've got now not realized the fundamental basic truth-those who sing within the head voice are the one precise operatic voices.

The overdue Birgit Nilsson, foreign opera legend and long-time pal, mentor, and instructor to Striny, stocks her insights with Striny and the reader through the publication. Head First is a needs to for academics, scholars, expert singers, and opera enthusiasts who will achieve worthwhile perception into the "voice of opera."

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The other twenty singers were products of every major School of Music and Conservatory in the country. How interesting and yet sadly how ironic! Why is this voice thing so confusing? In New York, right now, I don’t know of one voice teacher who understands the head voice or has a pedagogy that promotes it. Singers are being left with throaty, ugly, chest-dominant voices with limited range, and they are paying $150 an hour for this misdirection. Where is the accountability and where is the standard of sound that fosters good, healthy singing?

The chest voice creates frequencies of 900-1100 cps, not much higher than an orchestra. The human ear canal is tuned to a frequency much closer to the head voice. It is tuned to 2800 cps, making it the perfect sympathetic resonator for the head voice. We, therefore, not only hear the head voice but also feel it physically. This is no accident in the chain of human experience. In addition to proper laryngeal placement to create this phenomenon concerning frequency, one must also sing in the language of the head voice.

Far worse is singing with tension in the larynx. Here one may be doing irreparable damage to the vocal mechanism itself. When we sing in the head voice, though, we are encouraging the body to function in a certain way, a relaxed way, and tension anywhere in the breath is quite incompatible with a quality head voice sound. A useful analogy here is a balloon that we inflate and then gradually release air to make squeaky noises. To produce the sound we must use the neck of the balloon as a valve, pulling it to the sides to narrow the aperture.

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