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Anatomy of Voice


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Foreword in Three Voices



1. Introduction
Some Rules for Describing Movement
The Vocal Apparatus
The Moving Body (Including Static Posture), Breathing Body, and Vocal Body

2. The Skeleton of the Voice
The Spine: The Link between the Trunk, Neck, and Head
The Three Major "Blocks": Pelvis, Rib Cage, Head
The First Major Block: The Pelvis
The Second Major Block: The Rib Cage--the Transformable Block
The Third Major Block: The Head--the Vocal Skull

3. The Generator
The Two Cavities
The Organs of Respiration and the Surrounding Area
The Muscles of Respiration and the Voice
The Expiratory Muscles: The Muscles That Produce the Vocal Breath
The Inspiratory Muscles
The Postural Muscles: Support for the Generator

4. The Larynx
The Larynx: The Source of Voice
The Laryngeal Cartilages
Ligaments and Membranes
The Laryngeal Joints
The Intrinsic Muscles of the Larynx
The Laryngeal Mucosa
The Three Levels of the Larynx
The Extrinsic Muscles of the Larynx

5. The Vocal Tract
The Vocal Tract in the Neck
The Pharynx
The Mouth
The Soft Palate
The Tongue
The Lips
The Nose and the Nasal Cavities
The Ears

6. Some Terms Used in the Vocal Professions
Gas and Pressure
From Pressure to Sound
Pitch, Intensity, and Duration of Sound



About the Author

After studying physiotherapy at the French School of Orthopedics and Massage in Paris, dancer and physical therapist Blandine Calais-Germain developed an innovative method for teaching the physical structures of anatomy in relation to movement. The author of several books, including No-Risk Abs and the bestselling Anatomy of Movement, she teaches workshops to students from all over the world. She lives in Limoux, France. Francois Germain holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Montreal and is an assistant professor of piano, vocal coaching, and opera at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.


Anatomy of Voice: How to Enhance and Project Your Best Voice presents the art and science of where the voice comes from and how to harness its power. This book is an invaluable, scientific vocal coach for people who may not have even realized they need a vocal coach. * Foreword Reviews, 2016 *
"This illustrated guide presents a dynamic integrated study of the physical structures of the vocal tract and their functional relationship to the entire musculoskeletal system. With detailed drawings...The book provides simple exercises and techniques for increasing air flow and force, correct posture, position of the tongue, jaw relaxation and toning of the soft palate." * AZnetnews.com, May 2016 *

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