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Osteopathy and Singing: Vocal extension and range, the importance of knowing one's limits



One of the fundamental acquisitions of a professional singer or actor is the knowledge of what he can do without risk to the vocal system. There is now general consensus in the belief that speaking or singing outside a certain range or a certain intensity is potentially risky. The literature is full of publications concerning the formation of chordal nodules, contact ulcers, edema and other disorders caused by 'excessive use or abuse of the voice'.

If a 'role' (musical piece or recited text) is vocally demanding and goes a little beyond the vocal skills of the Performer, the general tendency is to 'tempt it' with the risk, however, that the voice may be damaged in the process.