The Institute was opened in and uses a teaching method called Complete Vocal Technique often abbreviated to CVT , which was developed by singer and voice researcher Cathrine Sadolin. CVI educates professionals and semi-professional singers and teachers and there are ongoing about singers associated with the longer courses. The theoretical and practical basis for the school - Complete Vocal Technique - is also the name of a book  on techniques written by Cathrine Sadolin. The educational book Complete Vocal Technique incl.
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Download this episode right click and save. Cathrine Sadolin is among the leading voice researchers in the world.
Her research across all vocal styles, combined with her own experiences as a professional singer, has inspired innovative thinking within the field. She is the mastermind behind advanced singing techniques, useful for instruction within all musical styles. Her techniques are being used for developing technical and artistic skills, solving vocal problems, and repairing worn-out voices as well as for vocal coaching and production.
Having devoted most of her time to research, Cathrine now supervises a staff of highly educated and qualified singing teachers giving workshops, clinics, and masterclasses for professional singers all over the world.
It is possible to create all the sounds in the world without hurting the vocal cords. That includes all the screams, calls and crazy stuff. Of course the vocal cords contribute. I have been doing research with an ENT surgeon in England called Julian McGlashan on how the vocal folds operate underneath all kinds of sounds and we have discovered lots. I want to tell a singer something that they are able to do.
Move your mouth like this, use your abdomen like that. That was what I was missing so much. In CVT, we have four vocal modes that shape the sound. They create changes in the vocal tract and at the vocal fold level. Everyone hears the word support but nobody could be concrete about what we had to do!
I thought it must be me who was stupid, but after questioning many people it became obvious that nobody really new what it meant.
Concrete enough that after ten minutes of trying, a singer can determine whether this is helping or not. But, you may have great support and excellent twang, but are messing it all up by tightening the lips and protruding the jaw. The twang is in the definition of CVT, and we have a rule that we will never talk about any term unless we have defined it. You have the lower part of the epiglottis, which is called the petiole, and then you have the arytenoids opposite.
These two are meeting in twang. In essence, there is a narrowing that results in the sound being more projected. No way. But how do we make a singer achieve it? Well, that is often best done through the sound. For example, if you are sounding like a quacking duck then you are in twang. You might add more twang than necessary for styles like country, for example. In CVT training, the level of twang is a nice side effect of delivering the sounds of the vocal modes correctly.
A lot of singers are afraid of narrowing or constricting. They are often talking about the fact that it has to be open, free and unhindered. They may even be singing with the image of a chimney in their throat so they feel open and clear. But no. On their beautiful high notes you actually see narrowing, and for each CVT mode we see narrowing in different parts.
The kind of uncontrolled constriction that closes everything off when go to sing. We must deal with that and unravel it. We have four modes. It also has a soft character compared to the other modes, and some consider it to be more healthy.
This is not true! A metallic sound is tougher, more direct. With these modes we can choose which quality we need for a task.
It has very little power in the lower pitches, but becomes louder much higher in the range. Done correctly they are all healthy, but done incorrectly they are all damaging.
Contrary to popular belief, you could find a female opera singer who could easily hurt her own voice in neutral mode. It has to be done correctly. There are certain limitations and advantages limitations to each modes that can come as warnings. We have released a free CVT app where singers can see all this information. Go ahead and download it to access the CVT singing techniques and exercises.
If they are hoarse, and have been for four or five days, I would say to go to a voice doctor. Are there any structural changes, for example, or is there something more severe? In this case, the singer needs to know some technique in order to deal with it.
A lot of our work is dealing in emergency aid for singers. After untying the voice, the singer would need to know what caused the uncontrolled constriction. In the CVT modes specifically, you might have used an unhelpful vowel whilst singing strongly in edge. That could easily cause uncontrolled constriction, so that singer would need to learn which vowels work for which vocal qualities.
We have included a whole section on this in the free CVT app on iTunes. It helps you to start figuring out how to get rid of uncontrolled constriction yourself! For example, I can add some vibration into the sound from my false folds listen to the full podcast at the top of the page for sound examples , which I can practice with or without sound initially.
From there you have growling, grunting, rock distortions and creak and fry. They all create vibrations in the vocal tract at different places, giving you different sound qualities. They are NOT harmful to the voice because they are not created at the voice! On a practical note, how would one go about creating a distortion using their false folds? We could start with a happy sigh listen for exmaples.
That place can be cultivated and squeezed together for distortion, and then have voice added. You can even add mucus for a really crazy sound! We have a website at www. The research part of our site is accessible for free and contains all kind of video stroboscopy footage of the vocal folds, and vocal modes and effects in action.
We also have long and short courses that we run in Copenhagen where teachers can become authorised in CVT, or just come to learn our methods for fun. On these courses we have everyone from death metal singers, opera singers and every other genre. That means the opera singer will learn how to do a death metal growl, and the death metal singer will do baroque trills!
All singers learn how to demonstrate ALL sounds. Hello Chris, Steve and Cathrine! Amazing episode! Hi Hannah! Thanks… glad you liked it! There are no english versions left on Amazon are there??
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Episode 53 – Cathrine Sadolin on CVT | Constriction | Vocal Modes