Unit 3: Knowing our voice

When you want to speak, you close your vocal folds and begin to exhale, causing an increase in pressure that starts them vibrating (cyclic opening and closing). The vibration of the vocal folds chops the air flow, producing a buzz-like sound which doesn't sound much like what we hear when we listen to someone's voice!

Tips to take care of your voice.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in your diet. These foods contain vitamins A, E, and C. 

  • Wash your hands often to prevent getting a cold or the flu.

  • Get enough rest. Physical fatigue has a negative effect on voice.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Try not to overuse your voice.

  • Avoid using the extremes of your vocal range, such as screaming or whispering.

  • Avoid talking in noisy places.

Sounds of your mouth!!!

Have you ever tried to make different sounds with your mouth? Our voice is not only for talking or singing, there is a lot of different things you can do with your mouth!! Try different combinations.

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion involving the art of mimicking drum machines, using one's mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It  is connected with hip-hop culture.

How to sing better

  • Warm Up Properly

  • Manage Your Breathing

  • Fix Breaks & Cracks

  • Master Power

  • Hit High Notes

  • Improve Vocal Range

Song: All together now

One, two, three, four
Can I have a little more?
Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
I love you

A B C D
Can I bring my friend to tea?
E F G H I J
I love you

Bom bom bom bompa bom
Sail the ship, bompa bom
Chop the tree, bompa bom
Skip the rope, bompa bom
Look at me

All together now
 

Black, white, green, red
Can I take my friend to bed?
Pink, brown, yellow, orange, and blue
I love you

All together now

Voices

Women's voices

Women have a natural high pitch voice, normally higher than men. 

There are three different ranges, from higher to lower: Soprano, Mezzo-soprano and Contralto.

Diana Damrau (Soprano)

Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute)

W.A.Mozart

Cecilia Bartolli (Mezzo-Soprano)

Exsultate Jubilate

W.A.Mozart

Sonia Prina (Contralto)

Orlando Furioso

Antonio Vivaldi

Men's voices

Men have a natural low pitch voice, normally lower than women.

There are three different ranges, from highter to lower: Tenor, Baritone and Bass.
 

Vittorio Grigolo (Tenor)

La donna è mobile (Rigoletto)

Giuseppe Verdi

Samnuel Ramey (Baritone)

Deh vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni)

W.A.Mozart

Stefan Kocan  (Bass)

Commendatore (Don Giovanni)

W.A.Mozart

Other voices and vocal ensembles

A countertenor is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of the female contralto or mezzo-soprano voice types. 

A boys' choir is a choir primarily made up of choirboys who have yet to begin puberty or are in the early to middle stages of puberty and so retain their more highly pitched childhood voice type.

A choir (also known as a chorale or chorus) is a musical ensemble of singers.

Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor)

Vedró con mio diletto

Antonio Vivaldi

Les Choristes

Vois Sur Ton Chemin

Bruno Coulais

Collegiate Chorale of Wright State

The Seal Lullaby

Eric Whitacre

Just dance: 

Song: All together now by the Beatles

VERSE 1

One, two, three, four, Can I have a little more?
Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, I love you

VERSE 2

A B C D, Can I bring my friend to tea?
E F G H I J, I love you

BREAK

Sail the ship, bompa bom, Chop the tree, bompa bom
Skip the rope, bompa bom, Look at me

CHORUS

All together now

VERSE 3

Black, white, green, red, Can I take my friend to bed?
Pink, brown, yellow, orange, and blue, I love you

CHORUS

BREAK

CHORUS

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