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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Spectral Components of Five Cardinal Vowels in the Soprano Singing Voice Considered by Means of the Sequential Vowel Diagonal

Spectral Components of Five Cardinal Vowels in the Soprano Singing Voice Considered by Means of the Sequential Vowel Diagonal

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(p.291) 92 Spectral Components of Five Cardinal Vowels in the Soprano Singing Voice Considered by Means of the Sequential Vowel Diagonal
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On the Art of Singing
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Richard Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0092

This chapter examines the spectral components of five cardinal vowels in the soprano singing voice using the sequential vowel diagonal. The objective is to illustrate the pedagogical relevance of the sequential vowel diagonal as seen on a spectrographic display. The phonations considered are those of a twenty-one-year-old singer, arbitrarily selected from a number of soprano voice majors singing vowel sequence patterns at several pitch levels. The chapter shows the spectrogram of a sung phonation displaying the distribution of acoustic energy within a wide frequency range and over a period of time. Three variables are visible: the horizontal axis, representing time; the vertical axis, representing frequency; and degrees of darkness, representing acoustic energy. The pedagogical advantage of an awareness of the sequential vowel diagonal is that the singer and the teacher may study the consistency of vowel definition at specific frequency (pitch) levels as the scale mounts.

Keywords:   cardinal vowels, soprano, singing voice, sequential vowel diagonal, singer, singing, spectrogram, phonation, acoustic energy, vowel definition

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