The Voice Culture

Onsets - Where do we begin? Ep. 15

Episode Summary

Onset, attack, start of tone, whatever you call it, why is it important?

Episode Notes

“Well begun is half done”, said a famous dead Greek. In this episode, Brian and Justin chat about the onset in vocal pedagogy. How we begin a sound really determines what the sound of the voice is in the ensuing phonation. Manuel Garcia II’s ‘coup de glotte’ is discussed as well as Richard Miller’s ideas on onset. Breathy, glottal, and balanced onsets should be included in the technical package of every singer. Emotional coloration of the text should also be considered in the onset as well. The benefits of a balanced onset (intonation, vocal weight, and ear training) are also covered.