Presenter Elizabeth Blades-Zeller, DMA
Presentation Title The Effects of Feldenkrais Work on the Singer’s Voice as Documented by Spectrographic Analysis: A Preliminary Study
Additional Author Dan Ihasz
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1 Clayne Robison– Show the young man again – there are major differences that you can see and hear that come to my ear and eye, it’s very clear. This is a wonderful replication of my 1994 study. First, look at one of the beginning notes, the ease and regularity of the vibrato; that vibrato in that second note is erratic. Then on the second sample, you can see that there is a stronger band in the singers formant area …. [further discussion in the audio link]. Audio link.
2 Marina Gilman – I’m a speech pathologist, voice teacher and Feldenkrais practitioner, so I applaud you for the work you’ve begun. One of the things that is inherent in the Feldenkrais method is somatic education and somatic learning, so it is important that this isn’t taken as a quick fix that you can go in and take these mini-lessons. Typically a Feldenkrais lesson is 45 minutes so people really have a chance to digest the learning that goes on. [listen to the audio link for further discussion on the Feldenkrais method.] Audio link.
3 Garyth Nair – I don’t have anything to add to this other than what was said by the first speaker at the microphone, other than when the young man sang in the 2nd sample, I heard, before I ever saw the spectrograph, the difference in at least 3 places. To the eye who’s been staring at this to the point where one gets a form of snow blindness which we call S-blindness, spectrograph blindness, the differences are quite subtle, but they really are there. You might have gotten what you wanted, but the subtlety in the interpretation isn’t there yet. Audio link.
4 Linda Carroll – It’s wonderful to start having sung data out there to validate the changes in function as a result of training or the result of therapy. One of the things that I think it is easy to fall into, I think there’s a "speech pathology camp" and a "voice teacher camp". I think as voice teachers we are commonly just looking at what’s happening in the vowel, "just look at the vowel." I think that for some individuals and some types of training, that you are going to see those differences in the vowel, but I think that we can’t forget for a moment that there are critical effects that can happen with the consonants. In terms of differences pre to post, especially in your female singer, it appears that although she may not have had dramatic differences (again, you haven’t sorted through everything acoustically), there may not be huge differences in what’s happening acoustically in the vowel, but there certainly is in the consonant [….listen to the audio link for remaining comment]. Audio link.
5 Eric Hunter– looks good, I hope it goes well for you, a couple questions. First, the microphone that was on the table, I imagine it was the one hooked up to the computer for Voce Vista, do you have specs on that? ... Just a few observations about if you are going to do spectral analysis in detail, you have to really be careful in your microphones, especially the little ones on the desk like that. Especially in the one sample there, the woman clipped and that will really kill your spectral stuff. …..Also, really watch your sound card, voce vista works through the sound card. Audio link.