Correct Musical Expression in Tone

Assume you were in a room partitioned in such a way that whatever is done in the next space is easily heard but not seen, how would you know the different emotional states expressed as each conversation goes on?

Correct Expression {Tone}

Gen 22:7

TONE – A sound having a definite pitch, quality, volume and duration. In a piano, tone is the result of a scale design, action functioning and selection and processing of materials. “Bluebook of Pianos”

The tone of voice refers to how you sound each word of the song and at a higher level, each syllable of the song. This is often referred to other writers and instructors as Tonality (quality of the voice), some still call it TENOR (not harmonic part of a song though).

This should not be misinterpreted as the voice type of an individual, rather it is the combination of certain sub qualities of the individual singer’s voice as used in the expression of emotions to convey the exact message intended to be passed across.

Thus the Tone of Voice at any point in time can be broadly classified into:

                    1. PITCH   (Sol-fa)

Ascend, Raise, Rise, High, Light,

Normal, Average, Same, Regular, Repeated

Descend, Lower, Fall, Deep, Dark

 

2. LENGTH (Duration)

Long, Sustain, Slow,(Semibreve & Minim)

Normal, Average, Same, Regular (Crotchet)

Short, Staccato, Fast (Quaver, Semi-quaver)

 

  3.  LOUDNESS   (Dynamics)

High, Hard, Increase, Fade In, Forte

Normal, Average, Same, Regular,

Low, Soft, Decrease, Fade Out, Piano

 

4. TIMBRE    (Weight)

 

Heavy, Audacious, Full, Husky, Bassy

Normal, Average, Same, Regular, Mid

Light, Mild, Tender, Faint, Treble, Mild

 

Certain words were not professionally used in the above chart but to aid your understanding, call to your attention where and when they are used even non-professionals,  singers and artistes, thus it is regarded as a deviant when used or malapropism. However, permit us to use this in establishing certain knowledge as we correct them in subsequent posts.

Some of these are:

  1. Referring to a pitch as high instead of too LIGHT because it cannot be ascended your vocal pitch at that time.
  2. Referring to the length of the syllable as slow when held for a longer duration instead of SUSTAIN.
  3. Referring to the variation of the level of loudness as audibility instead of DYNAMICS

 

  EMOTION PITCH LENGTH LOUDNESS TIMBRE
1 SADNESS Dark Sustained Soft Heavy
2 REMORSE Dark Sustained Average Mid
3 LOVE Dark Sustained Soft Tender
4 ANGER/RAGE Average Staccato Hard Heavy
5 JOY/ECSTACY Light Staccato Average Tender
6 CONFIDENCE Average Average Average Mid
7 DEPRESSION Dark Sustained Soft Tender
8 HOPELESSNESS Dark Sustained Soft Tender
9 FEAR Dark Fast Soft Tender

 

The table is not absolute to all people and situation as the least sub categorization may vary going the looks and other learning theories imbibed the individual. Yet the description above fits the most common Tonality for people in their emotional states above.

 

Quick help test:

Assume you were in a room partitioned in such a way that whatever is done in the next space is easily heard but not seen, how would you know the different emotional states expressed as each conversation goes on?

Clue: This is how blind people perceive Emotional States and you could improve the quality of your Vocal Work.

 

Genesis 27:22

And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice [is] Jacob’s voice, but the hands [are] the hands of Esau.

 

RELATED TOPICS:

  1. Syllabification
  2. Intonation
  3. Emphatic Stress
  4. Metronome
  5. Tempo
  6. Resonance
  7. Musical Notes & Value.
  8. Decibel
  9. Musical Scale (chromatic).

 

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