How do you determine what the tone quality of a singer's voice should be?
A singer's tone should be determined by his or her own individual vocal anatomy and not a predetermined ideal held by a teacher – or the student, for that matter! It should be a blend of the top, middle, and bottom resonance qualities that results when the singer's larynx remains in a relaxed, stable position.
What about breathing? Doesn't correct breathing play an important part in your ability to produce good tone?
Should beginning voice students sing in foreign languages?
Most singers use excessive muscular effort when they sing. Muscles the body normally uses to chew and swallow food, as well as open the (throat wider when it needs to get oxygen into the lungs quickly, are used to manipulate the larynx – forcing it up or down. This is done to accomplish a difficult pitch, increase intensity, or „improve“ the quality of one's tone. We call these muscles the outer muscles, because they are located outside the larynx.