Comment: The progression of this lesson is a great example of the usefulness of the falsetto in taming the chest voice. Listen to the WHOLE lesson to really understand what it means to listen functionally. Take note of the discussion about baritone vs. tenor.
Quote: Functional Listening: aural perception in which the listener evaluates tonal qualities for their intrinsic health and as a reflection of a coordinative muscular process rather than for their aesthetic value. Not all healthy sounds yielded by the vocal organs are agreeable, or are all agreeable sounds healthy. In many instances, in fact, aesthetic judgment limits progress since some vocal qualities having little or no aesthetic value can be extremely useful when reconditioning poorly conditioned reflexes. (A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology)