Average speaking fundamental frequency in soprano singers with and without symptoms of vocal attrition

Ruby Drew, Shimon Sapir

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Abstract

Nineteen trained soprano singers aged 18-30 years vocalized tasks designed to assess average speaking fundamental frequency (SFF) during spontaneous speaking and reading. Vocal range and perceptual characteristics while singing with low intensity and high frequency were also assessed, and subjects completed a survey of vocal habits/symptoms. Recorded signals were digitized prior to being analyzed for SFF using the Kay Computerized Speech Lab program. Subjects were assigned to a normal voice or impaired voice group based on ratings of perceptual tasks and survey results. Data analysis showed group differences in mean SFF, no differences in vocal range, higher mean SFF values for reading than speaking, and 58% ability to perceive speaking in low pitch. The role of speaking in too low pitch as causal for vocal symptoms and need for voice classification differentiation in vocal performance studies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-141
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Voice
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Singers
  • Speaking fundamental frequency
  • Vocal attrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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