Set Your Voice Freeby Roger Love, Donna Frazier, Laura C. Schlessinger (Foreword by)
The vocal coach of the Beach Boys, the Jacksons, Chicago, and Hanson, among others--and voice coach to celebrities such as John Gray, Martin Landau, and Tony Robbins--reveals the secrets to getting the speaking or singing voice you want in this book and CD package.
- Little, Brown and Company
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- Instructional CD Included
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- 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)
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The very last thing I thought I'd ever need was a singing coach. After all, I've never been able to carry a tune. But several years ago, a string of events led me to Roger Love, and I will be forever grateful for the changes he's made in my voice.
Let me go back to the beginning. In December of 1996 I got a bad cold, several weeks of postnasal drip topped off with Christmas time bronchitis and laryngitis. It seemed to clear up, and then, one night, right after doing a great three-hour show, I got up to leave the studio and found that I could barely croak out a "See you tomorrow" to my engineer. I was stunned! What had happened to my voice? I'm a radio talk show host and a virtual chatter machine except when I'm sleeping, so for me this was no casual loss. I have to have my voice.
My husband took me to the Speech Pathology Clinic at UCLA, where they used a special device to watch my vocal cords as they worked. As worried as I was, it was fascinating to see my cords undulating right there on the television monitor. The cords were red and swollen, but the diagnosis was a relief: it was simply laryngitis. They recommended two weeks of silence. Two weeks of silence! It was almost unthinkable.
I didn't go gently into that two weeks, this is my career we're talking about. And in spite of what the doctors said, that this was just a virus, I kept worrying that I might be dealing with a recurring or chronic problem. Let's just say that when you play the violin pro-fessionally, even a slight wrist problem can loom as a huge potential threat.
I was relieved to have a voice when I was finally allowed to talk. One problem,though. I couldn't figure out how to use it, or where it was in pitch and tone. Believe it or not, I had forgotten how to talk normally. Afraid that I'd have another relapse, I spoke softly and low, thinking that was the way to protect my throat. I was so careful that I became self-conscious about every speaking moment. I didn't dare risk inflections or volume, which robbed my presentation of all of its usual playfulness. A few program directors who heard me during that time remarked to my company that I sounded depressed. I probably was.
My husband thought I needed some rehabilitation to get back my confidence and vocal strength, and our exercise trainer mentioned that his daughter was taking singing lessons from a fellow who, she said, "is a genius at helping people with vocal problems." That person was Roger Love. I grudgingly went, feeling as though this would probably be about as useful as going to a witch doctor. I was wrong. At my first lesson, Roger asked me why I was whispering. I told him I was afraid of hurting my voice. He explained the interplay of vocal cords and air and told me that too much air (as in whispering) damages, instead of protects, the cords. I almost fainted. He went through a series of vocal exercises with me, an expression of great concentration on his face, as though he could hear each individual vibration. Frankly, I think he can.
He told me the state of my vocal cords (healthy) and that he could help me find and improve my normal speaking voice. Once a week for an hour, we worked at the piano with exercises I found challenging and a little embarrassing. He gave me a practice warm-up tape to use each day before the program. And he reassured me that I had a vocal apparatus of iron and that I should trust it. It took several months, but I regained both my confidence and my vocal strength and placement. Roger was patient and kind and boy, did he know his stuff! I am grateful for his expertise and humanity. In the years since our meeting, I have had only one head cold that took out my voice (thanks to my twelve-year-old son's generosity with viruses), and Roger was right there every day, doing exercises aimed at stretching the swelling out of the cords. I missed only one day of work, and that was simply out of caution.
Roger Love is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced with both the speaking and the singing voice. He knows what to do to help with just about any voice problem. That makes him a master mechanic. What makes him even more special is his sincere concern for people. He'll help you through emergencies and keep you going with pep talks.
It is a fact that his many years of experience with thousands of voices, combined with his G_d-given abilities, make Roger the incredible voice "therapist" that he is. If it's broken, he'll help you fix it, and if it's not broken, he'll help you make it better. I started out a cynic. I ended up a grateful student. I had never realized how much our ability to speak comfortably and correctly matters to our psyches and our effectiveness in communication. My experience with Roger's teaching has been productive and enjoyable. I'm certain that your experience with this
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After owning this book for 18 months, I still love it and use the CD to practice often. The middle voice is what I was looking for and this book helped me gain the confidence to use my full range. Not only that, but the practical tips on breathing and the general encouragement of Roger Love throughout the book gave me greater determination and confidence that I CAN sing and sound GOOD!
that book was SOOO good! it was very informative, and helped me so much with breathing, stage motion, sound, and best of all, it completely got rid of my stage fright! i advise any aspiring singers to read this if they are having any trouble like running out of breath while singing, holding long notes, finding your own unique sound, performance, and even demo tips! its kinda expensive but it is one of the best investments i've ever made as i am now being considered by record companies like MCA!!!
Hands down the best book on singing! My vocal range has expanded by an octave. I have more power than I could have ever imagined. The CD is especially helpful and a great tool for vocal warm-ups.