Altissimo Register - Throat

In this exercise, the saxophonist (a male) first sings in falsetto and then plays ascending intervals of a Major 6th, begining with D6 - B6 and continuing chromatically to F6 - D7. Similar movements in the glottis and aryepiglottic folds occur in the singing and playing of these intervals. Laryngeal elevation (appearing as a movement of the glottis toward the viewer) occurs in the production of pitches above F#6 when both singing and playing. Laryngeal elevation draws the pharyngeal wall inward, creating a more narrow pharyngeal space. The glottis becomes smaller in size to resist flow of air.

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