Did you know that Twang singing is an absolute must for Contemporary Singers? But what is it? In this video Dr Dan will quickly unpack the essential singing technique known as Twang and offer some great tips on how you can develop Twang into your sound.
Twang is a term codified by Jo Estil to label the focused resonance achieved when the epiglottis is shaped by the function of the aryepiglottic fold to form the laryngopharynx. In laymen’s terms, a new resonating chamber is formed which in turn produces a bright forward sound that we call ‘Twang’. NB: Twang is not nasality, but will often employ mask resonance which may be accessed through the nasal cavity. Research has shown that a singer who employs twang in either their spoken or sung voice production will achieve up to 600% more volume (15db) with no more effort. Twang is highly efficient in its use of air and it allows the singer to employ far less physical exertion in their vocal production. In turn, Twang proves to be an excellent ideal in helping to remediate the voice due to the manner in which it encourages a clean onset and evenness in adduction of the vocal folds. Contention still remains around whether Twang is the same as the ‘Classical Ring’ or ‘Singers Formant’ with much research and study still needed to qualify their differences (if any). I personally think that the classical singers formant is produced higher up the vocal tract towards the lower end of the pharynx…time and further research will tell!
Read ‘Belt that Twang’ here.
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