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The Vocabulary Tree for Singers

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Shauna Park

on 5 March 2013

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The Vocabulary Tree for Singers A strong knowledge of music vocabulary is important for all singers to identify and maintain healthy vocal practices. Below are a few elements to get you started. Passaggio A term used to describe the pitch ranges in vocal registration. Vocal Registers A series of tones in the human voice. Vocal Registers:
Chest Voice
Head Voice/Falsetto (male)
Belt Voice
Mixed Register Vocal Cords Vocal folds that are composed of twin infoldings of mucus membrane stretched across the larynx. Timbre Also called tone quality or tone color, is the quality of a musical note or sound, such as the voice or musical instruments. Pronounced: Tamber Dynamics Volume of a sound or note. Basic Dynamics Chart Vocal Resonation is the projection of your voice being amplified inside of hollow cavities in your body. These open cavities are the chest, mouth/throat, and nasal cavities which are referred to as "resonators." Vocal Diction Pronunciation and enunciation of words in singing. Important Elements:

Effectiveness Vocal Amplification The act or result of amplifying, enlarging, or extending Play around with your vocal:

Bass Vocal Range Measure of pitches that a human can create
Bass Basic
Range Vibrato Musical effect consisting of a regular pulsating change of pitch. It is used to add expression to vocal and instrumental music. Pitch Frequency of a sound. Other forms of pitch:

Absolute/Perfect Pitch – the ability to identify a note without a reference.
Relative Pitch – distance of a musical note from a set point of reference.
Tone Deafness – lack of relative pitch Vocal Pedagogy is the study of the art and science of voice instruction. It is used in the teaching of singing and assists in defining what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished. Vocalism the use of the voice in producing speech, singing, or other sounds created by the vocal cords. Vocal Anatomy Try spending some time on each circle below with vocab words and definitions to learn how your instrument and its different elements function. Vocal Improvisation Definition: To sing in the moment and in
response to one's immediate
environment, guided by
the feel of the music
or accompaniment. Take a listen to the incomparable
Ella Fitzgerald improvising "Blue Skies"
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