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Your "Singing Machine", The Lesson Categories

Updated: May 20, 2023

Learning to sing well is a very complex process as most of you know. It helps to know what parts of the body are being targeted for any given lesson. eg. diaphragmatic breathing is part of the "Power Source", enunciation is part of the "Articulators" and opening the throat is part of the "Resonating Chamber".

If you think of your body as a machine to produce your voice then these would be the parts. This has always helped me when the technical aspects of singing became too jumbled up. The first part of your singing machine is the power source. It is named as such because without something pushing the air up to your vocal folds, there would be no sound. The second part are your vocal folds or vibrator, which produces sound by vibrating when pushed from below. The third part is where the vibration is shaped to produce pleasant singing sounds (hopefully). And lastly, this pleasant sound is passed through the mouth and changed into words. I learned this quite awhile back and it has withstood the test of time. I still use it to describe how you produce sound and am careful to keep each section separate. Yes, there is some interplay between the sections but they are minor.

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