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The Larynx: Primary Sound

After discussing power in last week’s blog, this week’s topic is The Larynx: Primary Sound.

While the Northumbrian pipes we talked about last week made a droning (constant) sound, our voices don’t drone in the same way. We are always stopping and starting that sound. However it is that underlying sound that creates speech.

The Larynx

The Adam’s apple is ‘the sticky out’ part of the larynx and consists of cartilage. Technically it’s called the thyroid notch.

Put your flat hand over your Larynx (your Adam’s apple) and swallow. You’ll feel the Larynx literally moving up and down under your fingers! In fact swallowing is a great reboot for your larynx as it moves up and down it then comes back to rest in its normal position.

The make up of the larynx

The Larynx actually consists of several main cartilages and one bone – the only bone in the human body that isn’t attached to another bone. It’s actually called the Hyoid bone and it’s the ‘coat hanger’ upon which the rest of your larynx hangs. Also surrounded by loads of muscles, the larynx (or voicebox) can move in lots of different ways to create all the sounds us human beings can make.

The larynx then, is the primary source – the place where all the sound is being made. Once the sound is made, everything above the larynx acts as a filter to make those sounds understandable.

Watch out for next two weeks when we delve deeper into the larynx to see what goes on to MAKE this sound!