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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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The Open Throat (La gola aperta)

The Open Throat (La gola aperta)

(p.17) 4 The Open Throat (La gola aperta)
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the universally accepted position of the open throat (gola aperta) in singing. The potential for varying the shape of the vocal tract (the resonator tube that acts as an acoustic filter to the laryngeally generated sound) seems almost endless. The position of the larynx itself, the pharynx, the velum, the tongue, the lips, the mandible, all offer innumerable possibilities for modification of the resonator chambers, by responding with behavior determined by techniques for “opening the throat.” The chapter considers two gola aperta concepts that represent one of the watersheds of vocal pedagogy. Some singers avoid any direct attention to sensation in the neck or laryngeal regions, while others attempt a conscious control over the dimensions of the pharyngeal resonator and over laryngeal positioning. Inasmuch as both camps are convinced of the correctness of their pedagogical positions, the question is how a singer caught in the middle of this conflict makes a decision about how best to “open the throat”.

Keywords:   open throat, gola aperta, singing, vocal tract, larynx, pharynx, resonator chambers, vocal pedagogy, pharyngeal resonator, laryngeal positioning

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