• Michelle Ostrove


The vocal tract is made up of four parts: the oral cavity (which is the inside of your mouth from the lips to the front two-thirds of you tongue), the nasal cavity (inside the nose), the larynx (voice box which houses the vocal folds – cords), and the pharynx (hollow tube that starts behind the nose and goes down the back of the neck). Each of these four components of your vocal tract used to produce sound. You can think of your vocal tract as a container of air starting from the vocal folds going up to your lips.

There are three basic elements to produce sound when singing: air supply, vibration and resonance. The amount of air-flow and pressure passing through the larynx will determine the strength and loudness of a voice. The air pressure is converted into vibration, which is called phonation. As the air passes through the vocal tract and the air pressure causes vibration, you shape your tone through resonance. Resonance is the intensity and quality of the tone you hear when you are singing (see 10/31 blog on Resonance).


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