What's the Deal with Those Bratty Sounds?
This week’s question comes to us from Dr. Paula Starche.
Paula is amazing in her analysis of our lessons and progress.
One time, she asked me “So what is the difference between the bratty sound and the attitude sound you have me do?”
I hope this answers it for you Paula!
-Both the “bratty” and “attitude” sounds have some similarities.
-First, they both tend to approximate the vocal folds which means it brings them closer together.
-Second, as a result of more vocal fold approximation or “closure” (even though they’re not ALL the way closed), you will probably find a little more volume than before.
-The “bratty” sound is great at getting that cord closure we love, but it also stretches the cords out so that it’s easier to find a blend or “Mix” between the bottom and top of your voice.
-The “attitude” sound is good at finding a bit more volume with the cord closure, but it’s not as much of a blending tool as the bratty sound. It’s more of a strengthening tool.
-For example in a lesson, if I notice we’re not getting your vocal folds closing correctly, I might have you do that bratty sound to help those muscles learn to close better.
Then we can move up through the range using the same tool which stretches the cords to allow for higher pitches.
Once we get to the point where you are well connected from the bottom to the top, then we can use the attitude sound to help you find an appropriate volume for your whole range.
What’s Actually Happening
I’ve always been curious about what’s going on with my voice when I do the crazy exercises from voice lessons.
As my business has grown, I have expanded my network to include great voice teachers, singers, and now ENTs.
ENTs are Medical Doctors that specialize in working with the Ears, Nose and Throat.
As a voice teacher, I am incredibly fascinated with the way the throat and the larynx (voice box) work to create the beautiful sounds of singing.
Now, for the first time, I went in to see Dr. Chad Whited of Austin ENT to have a procedure called a laryngoscopy and stroboscopy where a long tube with a camera and light on the end is fed down my throat.
This means, that for the first time, I am now able to see what my vocal cords look like when I’m doing these vocal exercises.
It’s my pleasure to present the video from that procedure to you.
Warning: This video is very graphic.
If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.