Undertone Singing

Strohbass & Kehlgesang


Undertone singing refers to singing techniques that produce pitches below the modal voice. They extend the voice ambitus by one octave or more to downwards.

There are two fundamentally different vocal techniques for undertone singing:

  • Strohbass (vocal fry): Vibrational mode of the vocal chords is changed. This technique can be used to sing a series of undertones.
  • Throat singing (kargyraa): Ventricular folds or aryepiglottic folds vibrate along with the vocal cords.bändern.
Strohbass (Vocal Fry) vs. Kargyraa - 2 Subharmonic Singing Techniques

Strohbass vs. throat singing, comparison of both undertone singing techniques by means of video endoscopy of Wolfgang Saus’ voice. Video: Dr. med. Andreas Seimer, Phoniatrics at the Marienhospital Stuttgart, during the Stuttgarter Stimmtage 2006.

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