Last Updated: May 09, 2019 Views: 8
It is possible to break a glass by singing, although it requires singing at precisely the pitch at which a particular glass resonates and with enough decibels to shatter the glass.
If you would like to see the process in action, you can view these videos:
- In How to Break Glass with your Voice, Hard Science uses amplification to break leaded crystal glasses.
- It is very difficult for a human voice to sing with enough volume to shatter a glass, however A MythBuster's Glass Shattering Montage features Jaime Vendera, a singer and vocal coach, who breaks glass solely with his voice. Read more about MythBusters confirmation that the human voice can shatter glass.
Further Online Reading
- Fact or Fiction?: An Opera Singer's Piercing Voice can Shatter Glass from Scientific American (2007) discusses the myth, misconceptions, physics, and truth of operatic glass breaking, and includes Jaime Vendera's success.
- HowStuffWorks has also tackled this question.
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