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An Ultrasonographic Observation of Saxophonists’ Tongue Positions While Producing Front F Pitch Bends

Abstract Voicing, as it pertains to saxophone pedagogy, presents certain obstacles to both teachers and students simply because we cannot visually assess the internal mechanics of the vocal tract. The teacher is then left to instruct based on subjective “feel” which can lead to conflicting instruction, and in some cases, misinformation. In an effort to expand the understanding and pedagogical resources available, ten subjects—comprised of graduate-level and professional-level saxophonists—performed varied pitch bend tasks while their tongue motion was imaged ultrasonographically and recorded. Tongue range of motion was measured from midsagittal tongue contours extracted from the ultrasound data using a superimposed polar grid. The results indicate v... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Lemoine, Ryan Cole (Author) / Gardner, Joshua T (Advisor) / Creviston, Christopher (Advisor) / Feisst, Sabine (Committee member) / Spring, Robert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Pedagogy / Performing arts / Oral Physiology / Pitch Bends / Saxophone / Ultrasound Imaging / Voicing
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 120 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Music 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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