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Pitch – the final countdown

In the final blog of May in our series about pitch, we further explore the topic by using a guitar as an example. Read on for more!

Volume

I have two guitars – one with a solid base and one with a hollow base. The one with the solid base sounds quite quiet. The hollow one makes the same sound, but because the body has a sound hole, over which the strings vibrate, the sounds appears to be much louder. The sound bounces through the sound hole and gets bigger.

If you put your hand on the body of the guitar you’ll feel it vibrate too – the sound bounces through both the strings and the wood. It has natural amplification.

Resonance

Resonance is the natural amplification of sound. We can resonate too. Which helps us to keep our vocal fold safe and only use the amount of effort necessary to create the pitch.

At certain parts of our range, we can use certain bones in our heads to help resonate the sound we make to strengthen the sound waves we make when we sing. Which is crucial for keeping our vocal folds safe.

How do you know if you’re stretching your vocal folds too much? When you get a scratch, an itch or need to cough to feel comfortable – stop there because you could be doing your vocal folds damage.

And that’s it for this month.

If you’d like any more information about vocal folds, pitch or sound, why not contact me to get booked in for a lesson?

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