Beat boxing good for throat

Beat boxing good for throat

Beat Boxing Good For Throat. Hear It Loud! Beatboxing Good For Throat

New York: You thought daily beat boxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid’s voice?.Not really. If we believe H. Steven Sims of University of Illinois in Chicago, beat boxing may actually be gentler on vocal cords - even softer than singing itself!

Beat Boxing Good For ThroatBeat boxing (also beatbox) is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drumbeats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice.
“Little is known about the structures involved in beat boxing and if it poses a risk of injury to the vocal tract,” said Steven, associate professor of otolaryngology.
To achieve positive results, he imaged the vocal tracts of four male beat box artists. He also recorded artists as they performed various isolated and combination beat box sounds.
Steven found that beat boxers use the whole vocal tract to produce a range of sounds, spreading the energy among several structures and minimizing wear on any single part.
“Keeping the glottis -- space between the vocal cords -- open means that beat boxing may actually be protective of the vocal folds,” he added.
The whole vocal tract was used when beat boxers made beats -- spreading the energy around that kept them safe from developing scar tissue that are usually developed in singers who strain their vocal cords.
In fact, some of the techniques that beat boxers use could help singers relieve stress on their vocal cords. For instance, using muscles to elongate the vocal tract could help singers get themselves a little closer to that high note, before engaging the vocal folds, said the study.
Next on Steven’s agenda is to study female beat boxers as women use their voices differently as their larynxes are smaller and shaped differently than men's, said the study.
The findings of the study are published in the latest edition of the Journal of Voice.
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