1. Categories of the Female Voice
2. Registration Events in Female Voices
3. Making a Beginning
4. Breath Energy in Singing
5. The Agility Factor
6. Resonance in Soprano Voices: Supraglottic Considerations
7. Nasal Continuants as Assists in Resonance Balancing
8. Nonnasal Consonants as Assists in Adjustment of the Resonator Tract
9. The Sostenuto Factor
10. Soprano Vocal Registration and Vowel Modification (Aggiustamento)
11. Accomplishing Dynamic Control
12. The Daily Regimen
13. The Wedding of Emotion and Skill
Appendix: Several Matters Concerning Female Vocal Health
Training Soprano Voicesby Richard Miller
Pub. Date: 08/28/2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Training Soprano Voices provides a complete and reliable system for training each type of soprano voice. Designed as a practical program for singers, teachers, and voice professionals, it couples historic vocal pedagogy with the latest research on the singing voice, emphasizing the special nature of the soprano voice and the proper physiological functioning for
Training Soprano Voices provides a complete and reliable system for training each type of soprano voice. Designed as a practical program for singers, teachers, and voice professionals, it couples historic vocal pedagogy with the latest research on the singing voice, emphasizing the special nature of the soprano voice and the proper physiological functioning for vocal proficiency.
Renowned singing teacher Richard Miller supplies a detailed description for each of the nine categories of soprano voices. For each category he then surveys the appropriate literature and provides an effective system for voice building, including techniques for breath management, vibratory response, resonance balancing, language articulation, vocal agility, sostenuto, proper vocal registration, and dynamic control. The book concludes with a daily regimen of vocal development for healthy singing and artistic performance. It also features dozens of technical exercises, vocalization material taken from the performance literature, and numerous anatomical illustrations. Unique in its focus on a single voice, Training Soprano Voices is likely to set the standard in voice training for years to come.
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Training Soprano Voices is a great book on vocal technique for those who teach and the intermediate/advanced student. The book contains both the theoretical underpinnings around how and why the voice operates as well as very useful exercises for development. I will caution that this is a very dense book and a difficult read (why I gave four stars rather than 5). I read this while also reading Miller's Solutions for Singers and found that some of the background and concepts are better defined in Solutions for Singers.