0206 - So what is ‘pitch’?

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0206 - So what is ‘pitch’?

Whether a voice is high or low in tone is determined by:

· the rate of vibration of the vocal cords as air passes over them - the more vibrations per second, the higher the pitch.

And as we saw earlier, the rate of vibration is to do with:

· the length, thickness and degree of tension of the vocal folds, so slow-moving short, thick, relaxed folds make a lower pitch.

Cartilage can almost imperceptibly re-adjust how the vocal folds are held. As they move backwards and forwards (more to the front of the throat and then the back), sideways and their angles change, the length of the folds, and therefore the tension with which they are held, alters too. And as a result, there is also an alteration in the change of pitch of voice.

Generally, women have a higher pitch than men because their vocal folds are shorter and so they vibrate at a faster rate.


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