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Singing In The MRI with Tyley Ross – Making the Voice Visible


Tyley’s video, ‘Singing in the MRI’ shows that the sound you’re producing is pulling from more than just your genetic physiology. In fact, you probably have more ability to physically manipulate and control what’s happening than you realize.Watch the video, ‘Singing in the MRI,’ below to see what we’re talking about./voices

source: voices / image: Tyley Ross

What you’re looking at here are comparative images of the same vowel being sung at the same moment in each vocal style. …take a moment to see for yourself how the anatomical features of the vocal tract that we can see here align differently in each style.

Understanding how all of your physical features work together to modify your vocal performance is a great tool for voice actors. The very talented vocalist and teacher Tyley Ross brilliantly demonstrated the changing physicality of his vocal tract as he sang the classic Puccini aria “Nessun Dorma” in four different ways.


How does the tongue position differently? How about the view on the mouth opening? How about the height of the larynx?Watching the above video is a clear demonstration that the way you physically move your instrument has a huge impact on the end performance.