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

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

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by Brent Monahan
     
 
(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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574671506
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,343,320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Singer's Companion: A Guide to Improving Your Voice and Performance with CD 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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