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ERIC Number: ED087073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Pages: 35
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On Vocal Registers.
Hollien, Harry
A vocal register is a series or range of consecutive frequencies that can be produced with nearly identical voice quality. On the basis of research three fundamental registers can be defined and described: pulse, a low range of phonation; modal, a middle or "normal" range; and loft, a high range, described by some as falsetto. These three principal vocal registers are defined on the basis of four operational criteria. The acoustic characteristics of the registers are that each one occupies different ranges of fundamental frequencies, reveals different magnitudes of vocal intensity, and has a different frequency composition. Perceptually, the three registers can be differentiated and identified on the basis of voice quality. Physiologcally, they differ because of vocal length or thickness and vibratory patterns. Aerodynamic characteristics relate to subglottic pressure, air flow, glottal resistance, and voice intensity. (A list of 55 references is attached to this report.) (RN)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Communication Sciences Lab.