Towards a model of understanding the voice of adolescent singers

Christopher Barlow, David Howard

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Abstract

Electrolaryngographic recordings were made of spoken and sung voices of 256 trained and untrained singers aged 8-18. The authors examined measures of spoken voice including mean F0 and mean Larynx Closed Quotient (CQ) and related them to the parameters of sex, development and vocal training.

Results showed a smaller decrease in mean spoken F0 across the pubertal growth spurt than generally reported. A negative correlation between CQ and mean spoken F0 was found for boys, with no evidence of effects of singing training on the closed quotient of the spoken voice. A slight increase in CQ with decreasing F0 was evident amongst untrained girls with a very weak correlation. Trained girls showed no correlation between spoken F0 and mean CQ. A comparison with results of sung voice analysis previously reported suggests evidence of differing voice production strategies between spoken and sung voice in girls.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Event3rd International Symposium on Physiology and Acoustics of Singing - St William's College, York, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 May 200614 May 2006

Conference

Conference3rd International Symposium on Physiology and Acoustics of Singing
Abbreviated titlePAS3
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityYork
Period11/05/0614/05/06

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Barlow, C., & Howard, D. (2006). Towards a model of understanding the voice of adolescent singers. Paper presented at 3rd International Symposium on Physiology and Acoustics of Singing, York, United Kingdom.