Both speaking and singing are skills that humans learn at some point of their lives by copying, memorizing, and mastering actions of others. Millions of speech specialists and people who stutter wonder why stuttering occurs in humans when they speak, but never in their singing. Why using the same tools (their speech apparatus and memory!), stutterers cannot perform their speaking actions as easily as they do it while singing?
The explanation of such phenomena is very simple.
It is almost impossible to make a speaking mistake while singing, because a person is fully aware of his singing action almost 99 out of 100 times. In singing, speech law of awareness is being enforced automatically as the speed and rhythm of the melody are limited, the portions of information are small and the lyrics (song words) have to be learned by heart in advance. But most importantly is that the process of singing does not involve any “terrible and horrible communication partner that all neurotic stutterers are always so afraid of. However, note that an attempt of any, even NORMALLY speaking person to sing-a-long with a singer performing an unfamiliar song would be always accompanied by running into a stupor actions (stumbling, hesitations, pauses) because a person simply does not know all the words. This information is related to our solutions for how to stop stuttering.
The information unit of singing is called a ringtone beat, which is a melodic combination of sounds ordered from a consonant to a vowel (ringtone). All people (including stutterers!) always sing in ringtone beats, which provide the main melodic speech structure. Such structure is physically comfortable for human’s speech apparatus: the speech apparatus switches from one articulatory position to another naturally and effortlessly. A ringtone beat is a melodic (sometimes, meaningless!) information unit of human’s natural speech. A ringtone (vowel) sound in this ringtone beat is responsible for the emotional tone of speech. The melody of any song is determined by a ringtone rhythmic beat.
However, when stutterers begin speaking, they switch their speech apparatus from working in the natural ringtone beat mode to the artificial syllable mode. As the result of speaking in syllables, the natural information unit structure (the energy of speech) becomes distorted, which leads to stuttering. Simply put, speaking in syllables is not comfortable for both human’s speech apparatus and memory. Speaking in syllables triggers the unnatural muscle tension in the speech apparatus and it also supplies an individual with more than one option of speaking from the memory. Such unnatural speaking actions make it difficult to memorize words from hearing them and then, retrieve such faulty information from the auditory memory.
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