Observational study of differences in head position for high notes in famous classical and non-classical male singers

Pedro Amarante Andrade, Jan G. Švec
  • Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, December 2014, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.3109/14015439.2014.988290

Do famous singers tilt their head as a help to sing high notes?

What is it about?

Singing high notes is demanding for singers. To make it easier, famous singers of contempoprary music (pop, rock, etc.) tend to elevate their head. Famous western classical music singers (opera, etc.) mostly do not do this, however. These differences reveal on different demands and approaches between classical and non-classical singing styles.

Why is it important?

The body and head posture in singing is a subject of many contradicting views and opinions while objective data are scarce. This study offers data on the head posture in famous classical and non-classical singers when singing high notes. In the view of classical singing pedagogy, elevating the head has been considered potentially harmful for voice. Classical singers have therefore mostly been trained to keep the head posture stable when singing high notes. This study shows, however, that famous non-classical singers do elevate their heads when singing high notes. It suggests that elevating the head may not necessarily be harmful as these singers have maintained long successful careers.

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