International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Pontic Singing in Contemporary Greece: Vocal Techniques and Pedagogical Implications of an Aural/Oral Tradition
Konstantinos Tsahouridis

This article examines the vocal techniques employed by performers of contemporary Greek Pontic traditional music. Combining fieldwork analysis with personal experience, the author offers an evidence-based explanation of the underlying cognitive and physiological processes that inform these techniques. While anatomical considerations constitute a central focus of this analysis, an appraisal of pedagogical implications suggests points for consideration that apply to aural/oral folk traditions, such as Pontic. The objectives of this research were: (a) to identify the current vocal techniques of singing in a Pontic style; (b) to bridge the gap between theory and practice in studies of voice and vocal production; (c) to illustrate how personal experience is relevant to ethnographic research in vocal music; and d) to suggest pedagogical approaches for those who wish to be engaged with a Pontic way of vocalization.

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