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head tone

(in singing) a vocal tone so produced as to bring the cavities of the nose and head into sympathetic vibration. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet the head tone must not be entirely free from palatal resonance.

    How to Sing Lilli Lehmann
  • It is the continued use of the head tone that is to be avoided.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • This is the correct attack for the head tone, or a tone taken in the upper register.

    Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing

    Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini
  • Female singers should always begin the head tone on this degree of the staff and not on F and F♯, as is sometimes recommended.

  • He would expect you to employ for that purpose simply a head tone, not a chest tone nor an abdominal tone.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • The head tone is the voice of ordinary conversation and should form the basis of the public-speaking style.

    Talks on Talking

    Grenville Kleiser

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