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Voice Studio News & Fun
September 22, 2019 | Issue #8
Voice Technique: Vocal Fry, Phonation and Onsets
The way you balance air flow and the muscular pressure in your larynx affects how your vocal cords vibrate. If those two things are unbalanced, then you can get phonation that is either breathy or pressed. How we start a note is called a " vocal onset," and these can also be breathy or hard. In general, we want to maintain the habit of balanced phonation and balanced onsets, with breathy and pressed/hard options saved for emotional effect.

You may have heard about " vocal fry," which is a common way that people use their voices in the media nowadays, with low muscular pressure and low air flow, so you get a creaky sound. As a singer, it's not great for your vocal cords, and results from inconsistent air flow, so it's a habit that doesn't demonstrate good breath control.

Folk Song Favorites
Hush, Little Baby
Name That Tune
Have fun sight-reading these folk tunes! Do you recognize them?
You've Got Rhythm!
Here are some exercises for rhythm practice - good luck!
Composer Spotlight: Reginald Unterseher
Reginald Unterseher was born in 1956 in Walla Walla, WA. A professional singer, conductor, teacher and composer, he currently lives in Kennewick, WA. His compositions are performed throughout the world, and are featured at music professional conferences each year.

Reg is the Associate Conductor of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, and is the Director of Music at Shalom United Church of Christ.

Here are some of my favorite of Reg's compositions:

Not only is Reg a great composer, he is my voice teacher - yes, I still take voice lessons, and I always will as long as I'm still singing and teaching!