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Voice Science in the Choral Rehearsal:
Examining Glottal Onset (pdf)

  by Duane Cottrell

Abstract

Manuel Garcia's concept of the coup de la glotte, or stroke of the glottis, is examined in regard to its history, impact on vocal health, and usefulness in choral singing pedagogy. Garcia's technique is distinguished from aspirate, hard/plosive, and balanced/coordinated onsets. An examination of laryngology and speech therapy literature suggests that the glottal attack in singing might be safe to use and will not likely result in vocal stress or damage. An examination of the scientific literature suggests the technique may be beneficial. Benefits of the coup de la glotte in choral pedagogy are discussed, including vocal brilliance, complete glottal closure, the elimination of breathiness, and firm phonation.