Caruso's Method of Voice Production; The Scientific Culture of the Voice
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...disappear. The speaking voice is the real mold of the singing voice, in all its characteristics and dimensions; therefore, it must also be the factor for its different pitches. CHAPTER XV SEVENTH PRINCIPLE There are no registers in the singing voice, when it is correctly produced. According to natural laws the voice is made up of only one register, which constitutes its entire range. According to almost general understanding the singing voice, at certain points of the natural range, breaks into series of tones and gives origin to the so-called registers of the voice. Some writers contend that there are four or five registers; but the great majority of them claim only three, and this classification is universally adopted by singing teachers. A few authorities, however--among them Sir Morell Mackenzie, the well-known English laryngologist--admit two physical changes in voice production, while only a very small number of voice experts agree on the existence of but one register. It must be said that in none of these instances are these divisions founded upon a concrete or definite scientific truth. The teachers who uphold the division of the voice in three registers call them the chest, the middle, and the head registers. The author contends that no such division is suggested by nature, nor is it needed in voice culture. The breaks of the voice are the result of abrupt and artificial changes in the laryngeal adjustments when the vocal organs are adapting themselves to produce higher tones; the normal function of these organs is then disturbed and a defective vocal production is thus brought about. In fact not only is this classification not essential or necessary, but it places the mechanism of voice production at a certain disadvantage. If we make...
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