Support

from themodernvocalist.com

[quote=Steven Fraser]
Chen:

While all this makes sense as far as it goes, this definition does not include the interaction of the breath energy and the laryngeal muscles which combine to produce phonation.  The singer’s body can be well-aligned, muscles toned, etc… but until the body is in motion in particular ways,  there is no voice produced.

In its traditional usages, a ‘well supported’ voice is characterized by its power and consistency throughout the gamut of pitches, vowels and dynamic levels.   Today, we know this results from a balanced interaction between the breath energy, the laryngeal muscle action, and resonance.  While posture plays an important role in establishing this balance interaction, it is not sufficient, in and of itself, to cause a supported tone.[/quote]

There are two definitions occurring here:  one as supported aural phenomenon (traditional) and the physiology of how to support the vocal apparatus (my view).  Steve, I appreciate your explaining for me what traditional support means.   “Support” as physiology should be accepted too, as Pavarotti uses support thus:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo6dDQiBGyI .

In regard to laryngeal and breath energy, what I’m saying is that the laryngeal muscles may not be in tone due in a great part to bad posture and that the amount and control of breath energy are also caused and powered by muscle tone.  Good muscle tone and good posture are highly correlated.

Not saying one can’t hit a note in bad posture.  Am saying that whatever note one is hitting, with good posture, the note will be richer.  Additionally one’s range will be greater.

Why is it a richer sound?   The note produced by the vocal cord may be same, but all the vocal tract muscles, connective tissue, bones, myofascia, etc., are now in tone, enabling them to vibrate better.   If any of these are taut (tension), then we know from physics, that tensions cause less resonance.  

Why does it sound more emotive?   When muscles are in tone, the desired emotional expression of the note is not repressed by prior tensions.   So, yes, one can be in awkward positions and postures to create good notes.  If one wants his best notes, get the posture to tone up the resonance system’s muscles and tissues.   This is a long-term process because bad posture has already caused near-permanent tension and bad tone.

Why is the range greater?   Because sounds are best resonanted by in tone, relaxed vocal systems, not by taut, less vibrating, less reonanting vocal systems.   Again, posture and muscular tonicity are directly correlated. 

Your lows will be richer and louder, the highs richer and higher, more emotive, etc.–due to posture-and-muscle-tonicity.

The production of the note itself, its pitches, vowels, consonants, I’m suggesting are inherent in the vast majority of individuals and generally don’t need to be worked on.  I’m suggesting it is the resonance distortions to these caused by bad muscle tone in the lengthy vocal tract that causes bad tones. 

If we take this view, then learning singing becomes predominantly exercises in getting rid of bad postures (this is difficult by the way), instead of aural training. 

Breath energy is an effect; the affects are muscles power and its obstructions and pathways.  Muscle tonicity is affected primarily by posture and the pathways are genetically and posture created.    

Larygneal muscles are also one set of affect muscles.   And it also has support– the bones and muscles posture below.   Hence, both breath powers and larygneal muscles are supported.   It is this entire vocal apparatus support (starting at the diaphragm and extending up to the upper end of the throat) that I believe Cause great resonance effects and tone.   And even these are further “supported” by the body parts underneath the diaphragm.

By the way, you read very well Steve–I don’t think many would have read my prior mumbled posting and got the meaning correctly.

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