Voice Quality in Low and High Registers in Two Different Styles of Singing

Alexsandro Meireles, Hansjörg Mixdorff


This paper compares the voice quality of low (C3-D#41: 131-311 Hz) and high registers (E4-Bb4: 330-466 Hz) of singing, in order to investigate whether there are differences in voice quality regarding (i) the note register (low x high) and (ii) musical accentuation (unaccented x accented). These registers are respectively associated in the voice literature with the activity of the thyroarytenoid and cricothyroid muscles. Two songs with a range from C3 to Bb4 were selected for analysis. Four professional singers sang and read the lyrics of these two songs. Thirteen voice quality parameters were automatically extracted in Voice Sauce software. Our results support the idea that the action of different muscles may be correlated with different voice quality configurations in contemporary singing. The main results also show that thirteen voice quality parameters varied between low and high notes (low to high, accented low to accented high), and between unaccented and accented notes (low to accented low, high to accented high).


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-123

Cite as: Meireles, A., Mixdorff, H. (2020) Voice Quality in Low and High Registers in Two Different Styles of Singing. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 601-605, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-123.


@inproceedings{Meireles2020,
  author={Alexsandro Meireles and Hansjörg Mixdorff},
  title={{Voice Quality in Low and High Registers in Two Different Styles of Singing}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={601--605},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-123},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-123}
}