Phonational Range in the Modal and Falsetto Registers The phonational range of the modal and falsetto registers was determined for 35 nonsingers and eight singers. Each subject phonated the vowel /a/ at different frequencies by matching the pitch of sinusoids presented at tone and semitone levels of the equal-tempered musical scale. When the upper and lower frequency limits ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1972
Phonational Range in the Modal and Falsetto Registers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Raymond H. Colton
    Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York
  • Harry Hollien
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Article Information
Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 1972
Phonational Range in the Modal and Falsetto Registers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1972, Vol. 15, 708-713. doi:10.1044/jshr.1504.708
History: Received November 2, 1971
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1972, Vol. 15, 708-713. doi:10.1044/jshr.1504.708
History: Received November 2, 1971

The phonational range of the modal and falsetto registers was determined for 35 nonsingers and eight singers. Each subject phonated the vowel /a/ at different frequencies by matching the pitch of sinusoids presented at tone and semitone levels of the equal-tempered musical scale. When the upper and lower frequency limits of each register were reached, they were recorded on tape and analyzed to determine the actual frequency. The results showed that the nonsingers produced an average phonational range of 18 semitones FL in both the modal and falsetto registers, the singers, a 23-semitone range in the modal register and a 21-semitone range in falsetto. Estimates of the phonational range in each register obtained on three separate occasions for five subjects from each group demonstrated that the ranges were stable and consistent. Singers did produce a greater number of identical frequencies within the overlap between the modal and falsetto registers than did individuals who had not received vocal training.

Order a Subscription
Pay Per View
Entire Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research content & archive
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access