Coffins Sounds of Singing

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This essential foundation for teaching vocal technique is now available in paperback! Based on the great teaching of the past, it explains the utilization of principles and applications of vocal techniques. The Chromatic Vowel Chart defines the vowel color changes in chromatic progressions for all voices, and the text explains how singing principles can be used by relying on the ear, the eye, and the sense of vibration in the body. Cloth edition [0-8108-1933-3] published in 1987. Paperback edition available April...

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Coffin's Sounds of Singing: Principles and Applications of Vocal Techniques with Chromatic Vowel Chart

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Overview

This essential foundation for teaching vocal technique is now available in paperback! Based on the great teaching of the past, it explains the utilization of principles and applications of vocal techniques. The Chromatic Vowel Chart defines the vowel color changes in chromatic progressions for all voices, and the text explains how singing principles can be used by relying on the ear, the eye, and the sense of vibration in the body. Cloth edition [0-8108-1933-3] published in 1987. Paperback edition available April 2002.

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A strongly recommended addition to professional and academic vocal music instructional reference collections…an in-depth informational compendium concerning the production of resonating notes, and is informatively enhanced with interviews with expert teachers, diagrams, exercises and more, clearly marking it as a professional quality reference and instructional aide.
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Should prove useful in comparative vocal pedagogy courses and in the graduate music library.
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Should prove useful in comparative vocal pedagogy courses and in the graduate music library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810844186
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Berton Coffin's teachings and writings established him as an international authority on vocal pedagogy. Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder, he also lived and taught in Europe from 1976 to 1983—in his private studio in Vienna; during summers with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; and in twenty-one opera houses in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. He presented master classes in the United States and in Europe and served as a visiting professor of voice at U.S. universities. Dr. Coffin, baritone, held academic and professional music degrees from Columbia University, Eastman School of Music, Chicago Musical College, and Earlham College.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition of Sounds of Singing 1
Preface to the first edition of Sounds of Singing 5
Foreword 12
Ch. I The Teaching of Paola Novikova 15
Ch. II Classical Principles of Sounds of Singing 43
Ch. III The Voice as a Musical Instrument - Bel Canto 47
Ch. IV Linguistic Elements of Singing 63
Ch. V Comparison of Speech and Singing 71
Ch. VI The Vowel Resonator - Finding Sympathetic Resonance 77
Ch. VII The Chromatic Vowel Chart 85
Ch. VIII How to Use the Chromatic Vowel Chart 90
Ch. IX The Relationship of Phonation and Timbre in Singing 98
Ch. X Larynx Position 104
Ch. XI Historical Registers, Passagios, and Vowel Scales 108
Ch. XII Vocalises for Female Voices with Chromatic Vowel Chart 121
Ch. XIII Vocalises for Male Voices with Chromatic Vowel Chart 131
Ch. XIV Agility and Diction 138
Ch. XV Singing with Vowel Thinking 147
Ch. XVI Resonating Vowel-Pitch Studies, Female Voices 151
Ch. XVII Resonating Vowel-Pitch Studies, Male Voices 164
Ch. XVIII The Breath 177
Ch. XIX Practicing with Vowel Resonator 180
Ch. XX Resonance Lessons for Female Voices 184
Ch. XXI Resonance Lessons for Male Voices 194
Epilogue 204
App. A: Questions and Answers 206
App. B The Singer's Health 219
App. C Readings concerning Register Techniques 222
App. D Readings concerning Breathing Techniques 239
App. E Open Your Mouth (correctly)! 254
App. F Spectrograms of Vowel Resonances 256
App. G Covering - Clear and Sombre Timbre 257
App. H Connections of Tones 263
App. I The Trill 266
App. J Difference Tones 268
App. K The Radiography of Vowels and its Acoustical Correlations by Pierre Delattre 271
Illustrations 288
Bibliography 290
Glossary 299
Index 304
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