Ravenna 9th conference on “The singer’s voice”
Ravenna, Italy, November 2013
‘Complete Vocal Technique – an introduction to the method and the research’,
Cathrine Sadolin workshop
Complete Vocal Technique – an introduction to the method and the research
Fundamental to the method ‘Complete Vocal Technique’ (CVT) is the classification of all human voice sounds into one of four vocal modes named Neutral, Curbing, Overdrive and Edge. The classification is used by professional singers within all musical styles, and has in a period of 20 years proved easy to grasp in both real life situations and also in auditive and visual tests (sound examples and laryngeal images/ Laryngograph waveforms). The four vocal modes is efficient in pinpointing vocal problems and form the base of the CVT terminology that makes it possible to classify all sounds the voice can make in great details. The four vocal modes does not only sound and look differently, they are also subject to different rules to secure healthy voice production. What is helpful in one mode may cause voice trouble in another. When singers/speakers respect the rules of the modes, and combine them with elements such as Sound Colours and Effects (Distortion, Growl, Grunt, Vibrato etc.) they can produce all sounds in a healthy way. Cathrine Sadolin will explain CVT, demonstrate how it is used in practice, and show examples from the research on the subject.