The Vocal Folds

Roma Waterman
A free video tutorial from Roma Waterman
Vocal coach, songwriter, speaker & author. entreprenuer
4.5 instructor rating • 9 courses • 32,565 students

Lecture description

A description of how the vocal folds produce sound, including photos of real live vocal folds! You will learn how they come together for phonation (singing/speaking etc), and what they are doing at rest. You will also learn where they are placed in the throat. This lecture will help you understand why good vocal technique is important, and behind a sore or inflamed throat (and how to avoid it if you can!)

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  • Understand voice physiology;
  • Learn the benefits of correct posture, breathing and resonance
  • Understand breathing anatomy used for singing;
  • Increase vocal range without force or pressure whilst improving strength and tone;
  • Perform vocal warm ups with easy exercises you can do at home;
English [Auto] He's a lovely picture of your vocal folds most people screw up their face curl up in a ball and start sobbing hysterically when I say these pictures. No not really but they're not the most attractive picture out. But it's amazing what they do. So let's talk about the amazing vocal fald So you'll see in the first picture the vocal folds during our nation singing and talking etc. yelling shouting which I hope you don't do as a singer maybe as a football supporter you might but that's probably the worst thing you can do for your voice isn't it. So your vocal files come together as it passes through the track he passes through the vocal folds and they begin to vibrate from the air passing through them. It's amazing it's something like 132 times per second that the vocal folds vibrate and that is has sound all fine and is produced then you'll see in the second picture the vocal folds during rest and quiet breathing you can actually say a little bit of the track here in there as well which is that wing part that we talked about. So the vocal folds seat in the center of your larynx. They're made up of a long smoothly rounded bands of muscle and for breast tissue. When you sing or speak as we talked about it passes through the windpipe and through the vocal folds causing them to vibrate to produce sound. So when you breathe we just talked about this and you'll say it in the second picture. The vocal folds separates. And when you sing and speak they come together to vibrate this action and the resulting sound is called which you will know now what Fire Nation is. It's called Fire Nation. So you can see already just from understanding this that your voice is produced by breath passing through your vocal folds. So it's really important that your breathing is working efficiently. If it isn't you'll find that the muscles range clerics are doing more work than necessary. That's when you get a tired voice. You might find that you tend to push your nights out especially if you're trying to increase in volume and you'll experience throat tenseness. I would say that every singer has experienced that and it's not until we understand how the body and the voice work that we learn to. We learned to use exercises and warm up our voice and really work on the breathing so that we don't have those issues because that kind of pushing can cause your voice to actually sand thin even though you think it's creating more belting and more volume doing it the incorrect Y will make your voice sound thin Radie rough and brace breathy. So in the next section we're going to talk about how breathing works and then I'm going to give you some exercises to really strengthen your breathing so that you can sing the best way possible. Let's go.