Re: (why is high high) ("Linda A. Seltzer" )

Subject: Re: (why is high high)
From:    "Linda A. Seltzer"  <lseltzer(at)PHOENIX.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 2 Sep 1998 15:51:58 -0400

When I studied Western classical singing I was taught to produce high notes by directing the sound up into my forehead and by making the forehead vibrate, i.e. producing the "head voice." Thus the association of height with pitch seems to be related, for trained Western singers, to the sound production process more than to the perceptual process. Do any readers of this list know whether we intuitively direct sound upwards in any way when producing higher fundamental frequencies in speech? I am not sure what the exact physiological correlates are of "voice placement" as taught by singing teachers. Linda Seltzer Email to AUDITORY should now be sent to AUDITORY(at) LISTSERV commands should be sent to listserv(at) Information is available on the WEB at

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