The first thing we perceive (consciously or even unconsciously) when we hear a voice singing, is always its sound. And it is a matter of taste and of other conscious or unconscious factors, whether we're gonna like it or not. Regardless of that, there are some objective and undisputed elements, that constitute a "beautiful voice". Terms such as tone of the singing voice, timbre, volume, and homogeneity of sound are very well known but how can someone combine all these elements, successfully? To what extent can someone improve his/her vocal tone (timbre)?
A renowned and acknowledged otolaryngologist, Alfred Tomatis has proven (in his book "The ear and the voice"), that each person produces the kind of sound, that his/her ear perceives. In other words, according to Tomatis, the ear is responsible for the kind of sound we produce with our voice, when we talk or when we sing.
Consequently, the quality of the auditory experience, of the musical stimuli, and of the training environment can help develop the most natural and effortless sound and allow the voice to reach its richest possible tone, the widest range, and volume. And finally, become a powerful vocal instrument, which will allow the singer to acquire all the musical, expressive and improvisational skills, in order to be able to perform with musicality, self-confidence, freedom, and pure joy.
Article by Irini Konstantinidi originally published on April 18, 2013