Helena Daffern

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Accurate tuning is an important aspect of singing in harmony in the context of a choir or vocal ensemble. Tuning and 'pitch drift' are concerning factors in performance for even the most accomplished professional choirs when singing a cappella (unaccompanied). In less experienced choirs tuning often lacks precision, typically because individual singers have(More)
This paper considers the characteristics of three differing styles of singing early music, as characterized by Richard Bethell [1] of the National Early Music Association, UK. In particular, the sung outputs from a postgraduate soprano who was practiced in singing all three styles are analysed along with the output from an electrolaryngograph which provides(More)
OBJECTIVE The phenomenon of resonance tuning, whereby a singer modifies the shape of their vocal tract to increase the acoustic power output, is commonly exploited across large pitch ranges by professional sopranos and has been observed to a lesser degree in nonexpert adult singers. This study considers the employment of two common resonance tuning(More)
INTRODUCTION At the upper end of the soprano range, singers adjust their vocal tract to bring one or more of its resonances (Rn) toward a source harmonic, increasing the amplitude of the sound; this process is known as resonance tuning. This study investigated the perception of (R1) and (R2) tuning, key strategies observed in classically trained soprano(More)
OBJECTIVES "Blend" is a defining characteristic of good vocal ensemble performance. To achieve this, directors often consider vibrato as a feature to be controlled and consequently restrict its use. Analysis of individual voices in ensemble situations presents several challenges, including the isolation of voices for analysis from recordings. This study(More)
OBJECTIVE Soprano singers face a number of specific challenges when singing vowels at high frequencies, due to the wide spacing of harmonics in the voice source. The varied and complex techniques used to overcome these are still not fully understood. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become increasingly popular in recent years for singing voice analysis.(More)
An experiment was conducted comparing two subject groups, each comprised of eight professional singers specializing in a genre of classical music: early music or grand opera. Electroglottography was used to consider vocal characteristics idiomatic to each genre. Whilst there are clear differences in contact quotient between subjects, particularly when(More)
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