- Why tone is important and how it relates to the Cycle of Phonation
- The function of the muscles and spaces that create tone
- Why your voice sounds unique to you
Tone refers to the quality of sound.
Improving tone is important because it will help you:
Vocal tone is dependent on the muscles of the pharynx and chambers of space within the vocal tract.
Our instrument’s resonator consists of several adjustable spaces that reflect, absorb, and amplify frequencies, which create unique shapes and sounds:
Our instrument’s resonator starts inside the larynx, just above the folds, and extends upwards into a moldable space created by cylindrically shaped constrictor muscles called the pharynx, which can be divided into three sections:
The shape and size of your larynx, vocal folds and vocal tract are all determined by your genetics. This creates a strong foundation for creating a unique sound. However, there are only very subtle differences between the shape and size of your instrument (genetically) and the other billions of people on the planet. So how is it possible that your voice can be identified from everyone else’s? The answer is simple: your life experiences, the languages you speak, the home you grew up in, and the music you listen to all heavily influence the behaviors of your vocal tract. This is due to exploring, mimicking, and experimenting with your voice when speaking and singing, both consciously and subconsciously, over the course of many years.
What are five things, or experiences, in your life that heavily influenced the sound of your voice?