The Sensations Of The Palate

The sensations of the palate are best made clear to us by raising the

softest part behind the nose. This part is situated very far back. Try

touching it carefully with the finger. This little part is of

immeasurable importance to the singer. By raising it the entire

resonance of the head cavities is brought into play--consequently the

head tones are produced. When it is raised, the pillars of the fauces

are lowered. In
its normal position it allows the pillars to be

distended and to close the head cavities off from the throat, in order

to produce the chest tones; that is, to permit the breath to make

fullest use of the palatal resonance. As soon as the soft palate is

lowered under the nose, it makes a point of resonance for the middle

range of voice, by permitting the overtones to resound at the same

time in the nose. (See plate, middle range.)

Thus the palate performs the whole work so far as concerns the

different resonances, which can be united and separated by it, but

must always work together in close relation, always bound together in

all tones, in all kinds of voices.

The lowest chest tones of the bass, the highest head tones of the

soprano, are thus the two poles between which the entire gamut of all

voices can be formed. From this it can be perceived that with a

certain degree of skill and willingness to work, every voice will be

capable of great extension.