Vocal Chord Anatomy And Music

The voice is the portal to the soul, but what is the vocal chords antatomy and how doest it work.

The voice is the portal to the soul. For thousands of years, we have used our voices to express joy and love, to mourn our loved ones, to celebrate our successes and lament our defeats. Today our voices are used to express ourselves, to get our point across, to communicate, to connect with others, to speak our mind and argue our point. Most of us take our voice for granted. We open our mouth and out comes sound. But how does it happen? What creates the words we say and the songs we sing?

The larynx is located in the throat and contains the vocal chords and glottis. With the exhalation of breath, the diaphragm forces air up through cartiledge "horn" of the larynx by contracting. The air moves through the vocal chords, which are situated in the muscular vibrating folds of the larynx, and the glottis, the space formed between them. By stretching the vocal chords, adjusting the tension and varying the air pressure through the glottis, the pitch of our voice is adjusting, tuning higher or lower. A lower sound requires a longer column of air and is felt in the chest, a higher sound uses a shorter column of air and is felt in the nose and head.

Throughout the history of music, people have used the voice as an instrument, but few have perfected the art as those proficient at scatting. Scatting is a form of jazz vocalization, where the singer has no melody and no lyrics, improvising sounds and pitches, as if one of the instruments. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday have perfected this form of expression. Singing, using our voice to express our inner most emotions and thoughts, while an intricate process, is mainly a physical act which can be taught by a proficient teacher to almost anyone. So go ahead! Sing your heart out!



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