Experiences From Measuring Voice Production in Professional Singers In the latest decades, much research has been spent on singing voices, so it is pertinent to ask what is so special about this topic? The answer is related to three circumstances. One is that singing is an example of skilled behavior. Such behavior is characterized by a harmonic ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Experiences From Measuring Voice Production in Professional Singers
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  • Johan Sundberg
    KTH Voice Research Centre, Department of Speech Music Hearing KTH, Stockholm
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Article   |   July 01, 2003
Experiences From Measuring Voice Production in Professional Singers
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 15-20. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.15
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 15-20. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.15
In the latest decades, much research has been spent on singing voices, so it is pertinent to ask what is so special about this topic? The answer is related to three circumstances.
One is that singing is an example of skilled behavior. Such behavior is characterized by a harmonic interplay between those antagonist and agonist muscles that need to contract in order to achieve the intended target movement, leaving irrelevant muscles passive (Granit, 1979). In untrained behavior, by contrast, irrelevant muscles tend to contract, particularly in the performance of difficult tasks. Then, the entire body tends to become tense. Therefore, the relationship between muscle contraction and target movement is purified in skilled behavior, thus offering optimized conditions for investigations of the movement control.
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