What gives peo­ple a lovely singing voice?

Focus-Science and Technology - - Q & A - MAR­GARET HUTT, LV

THE GEN­ERAL RANGE of sounds that can come out of your mouth is afffff­fected by the size of the vo­cal folds, the strength of your di­aphragm and the shape of the cham­bers in your si­nuses. But making this sound beau­ti­ful seems to be largely a ques­tion of train­ing. At the ba­sic level you must be able to hear a note in your head and re­pro­duce it ac­cu­rately with your voice. The difffff­fer­ence be­tween be­ing able to hold a tune and hav­ing a gen­uinely beau­ti­ful singing voice is to do with the thou­sands of tiny and mostly un­con­scious mus­cle con­trac­tions that sub­tly ad­just the res­o­nant prop­er­ties of your air­way in re­sponse to the emo­tions you feel as you sing. This is the same with any mu­si­cal in­stru­ment. Be­ing born with a wide fin­ger span helps when play­ing the pi­ano, but the rest is learn­ing the sub­tleties of tim­ing and pres­sure on the keys.

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OC­TO­BER 2015

Anna Ne­tre­bko: nice set of si­nus cham­bers

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