The Singer's Companion: A Guide to Improving Your Voice and Performance with CD

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(Limelight). The Singer's Companion combines the author's extensive research on hundreds of professional singers' and singing teachers' books with 30 years of personal teaching experience. The book concentrates on traditional vocal and artistic development, as employed at the most renowned universities and conservatories. At the same time, the presentation is extremely practical and accessible. The language is simple, and minimal space is given to theory. As each aspect of good singing and artistry is explained, enlightening quotations from ...

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Overview

(Limelight). The Singer's Companion combines the author's extensive research on hundreds of professional singers' and singing teachers' books with 30 years of personal teaching experience. The book concentrates on traditional vocal and artistic development, as employed at the most renowned universities and conservatories. At the same time, the presentation is extremely practical and accessible. The language is simple, and minimal space is given to theory. As each aspect of good singing and artistry is explained, enlightening quotations from dozens of the best singers and teachers, such as Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Eileen Farrell, Manuel Garcia, and Emma Seiler, help the singer to grasp the concept. The building of the vocal instrument and the artist is the focus. Topics include stance, breathing, phonation, resonance, range, health, choosing a teacher, vocal exercises, musicianship, pronunciation and diction, interpretation, performance, and selecting material. Many illustrative diagrams appear in the text. The book includes exercise sheets, sample songs, and an illustrative CD. Any singer, from the would-be professional to the diligent choir member, can benefit from this easy-to-use, thorough companion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574671506
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 942,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
The Mechanics of Singing
Stance     3
Breathing/The Torso     11
Phonation/The Throat     39
Resonance/The Head     47
Range and Timbre     65
Singing and Health     75
The Teacher/The Lesson     83
Practice/Vocal Exercises     95
The Artistry of Singing
Musicianship     117
Pronunciation and Diction     123
Interpretation     131
Performance     141
Exercise Sheets     149
"I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen"     153
"Who Was I?"     157
Annotated Bibliography     163
Index     167
CD Track List     171
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    After a long layoff, I returned to serious amateur singing about

    After a long layoff, I returned to serious amateur singing about 5 years ago, including now with an elite vocal coach and regular performances at a high amateur and professional quality levels. Mr. Monahan's superb book was on the shelf at my local B&N and it was one of the first I used to brush up before re-entering. Score of books and hundreds of lesson later, it remains the best of the concise, basic reviews. For anyone who is getting started or wants a quick reminder in general of for specific topics, it is a wonderful resource. The information presented and excercises coincide with more advanced teaching and are always helpful. Sometimes, you just run into someone who combines expertise and experience with a gift of teaching and presentation. This is it. If you only had one book to get you on track with singing this is it. It will improve you every day.

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