Thursday, February 11, 2010

I read an article the other day in Classical Singer about tone color. It was detailing research that has been done about a singer's native language affecting the specific tone color of the voice, i.e. vocal color beginning with speech. The way a language pronounces vowels will affect a person's vocal color. They give the example of many Russians recently coming onto the scene, bringing with them a different set of tone colors than are traditionally heard. They give as another example the impending influx of Chinese and other Asian singers. Mandarin has 4 conversational tones that are used which would lend itself to many exciting new tone colors to be heard. This could be tough on traditional English and European voice types.

Interesting thoughts anyway. It's on if you want to look it up - but you have to be a subscriber.

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