Knorxl, there are techniques, but tricks?!?! It's not realistic to offer tips without hearing you, so how about some samples?
I'm not talking about throat singing specifically here... <whispering to make sure nobody else can hear> ... I've always wanted to sing with a deep, bass male voice! Sofar, except from going for a sex change, full hormonal treatment, and changing my name to George and scaring the daylights out of my poor mother, there's no real option...
throatsinger wrote:Also: "High frequencies are generally considered beneficial, while low ones are more delicate to use."
By who, and is this justified?
That's the basis of, among others, the Tomatis method, which is a system developed in the 40's by a throat/nose doctor (see http://www.soundtherapyinternational.com/
for more info).
Research has shown that low frequencies negatively influence people, (this page shows interesting references, for instance: http://www.multi-science.co.uk/effects_ ... quency.htm
Those are just examples, but if people are interested, I can look for more references (googling with keywords like 'low' 'frequency' 'sound', etc. should bring a reasonable amount of reliable information for those tempted to explore by themselves).
This answer is short, as I've got to pack and leave home soon, but will be back in a few days, though!
Well, we must all work with the tools we have (pun intended) ;-) And why George? Knorxl
But with karg technique you should be able to get pretty low.
Low frequencies and the Good Dr. Tomatis: This is too general a statement. Yes, constant low-frequency sounds can be detrimental, such as mechanical noise, electrical hum, ELF harms marine mammals, etc. This does not necessarily apply to sounds used in therapeutic settings. For example, lower sounds have the ability to penetrate deep into tissues, much more than higher sounds at similar intensities. This can be beneficial.
Of course, exposure to many types of high-frequency sounds is at least as unpleasant and unhealthy!
Tomatis was important and perhaps brilliant, but IMO very wrong about certain things. For example, he and his followers have been widely quoted as saying that Tibetan monks produce their famous low chordal chant by making their bones sing, thus sparing their throats (paraphrased). This is nonsense.
He taught that low vocal sounds have a discharging effect on the nervous system and that high vocal sounds have a charging effect. I don't agree. For me, and I've taught this for years with good results, open-mouth
sounds can be used to discharge energy (great way to get rid of "negative" energy, feelings, etc., and closed-mouth
sounds can be used to build/cultivate energy (ala the excercise discussed elsewhere). A sound such as AUM combines the two, first discharging then charging the nervous/energetic system, therefore producing a tonifying
or balancing effect, in my experience.
I find it interesting that followers of Tomatis claim that it is thoroughly scientific and that the positive results of the Tomatis Method® are supported by extensive unbiased scientific research. In my own searching online, I was unable to find such evidence. Lots of anecdotes, but nearly every single positive report/study validating its effectiveness was done or provided by individuals or institutions associated with and profiting from this lengthy and very expensive process. Hmmm...
If anyone has contrary research results, I'd be very interested to hear it.
Diphoo, interesting story. Do you have any theories about the mechanism/process involved?