Quantification of instability of tone production in embouchure dystonia

André Lee, Shinichi Furuya, Masanori Morise, Peter Iltis, Eckart Altenmüller

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Abstract

Introduction: Musician's dystonia is a task-specific loss of voluntary motor control of the fingers or the embouchure. In contrast to pianists' dystonia, which can be objectively assessed based on movement kinematics and muscular activities, no objective quantitative measure has been established for embouchure dystonia. Methods: We focused on acoustic signals, and investigated, whether the fluctuation of the time-varying fundamental frequency of a note can provide an objective and reliable measure of embouchure dystonia. Results: A comparison between patients with embouchure dystonia and healthy controls found a significantly higher variability of the fundamental frequency for the patients. Conclusion: The present findings propose a new quantification and objectivation method for embouchure dystonia. •We assessed embouchure dystonia by analyzing the acoustic signal of a sustained note.•We focused on the time-varying fundamental frequency.•Comparison with healthy musicians showed a higher variability of F0 in patients.•The findings propose a new quantification and objectivation method for embouchure dystonia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1161-1164
Number of pages4
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Frequency analysis
  • Motor control
  • Movement disorders
  • Musicians
  • Task-specificity

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