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ERIC Number: EJ1143036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Physics of Singing Vibrato
Michel, Christa R.; Ruiz, Michael J.
Physics Education, v52 n4 Article 045010 Jul 2017
A spectrogram of a singer's vibrato presents a striking way to introduce students to frequency, Fourier spectra, and modulation. Vibrato is discussed from the perspectives of the physicist and the musician. A dramatic spectrogram is included where coauthor soprano Michel suppresses her vibrato so that acoustical characteristics can be compared to the same note sung with vibrato. A video (Ruiz 2017 Video: vibrato is provided of this demonstration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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