The Use and Training of the Human Voice: A Bio-Dynamic Approach to Vocal Life / Edition 3by Arthur Lessac
Pub. Date: 11/01/1996
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
This introductory text details Arthur Lessac’s proven procedures for understanding, training, and improving the voice and speech of the performer by exploring the varied qualities of the physical energies associated with producing sounds. See more details below
This introductory text details Arthur Lessac’s proven procedures for understanding, training, and improving the voice and speech of the performer by exploring the varied qualities of the physical energies associated with producing sounds.
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Table of Contents
Foreword by Frank LangellaAcknowledgements Introduction
PART I. SEEDING THE SOIL AND BUILDING THE FOUNDATION 1. Theatre As a Laboratory 2. Don’t Envy a Good Voice . . . You Have One! 3. The Duality of Breathing and Posture 4. The Energy of Relaxation: The Creative Art of Resting
PART II. ORGANICALLY CULTIVATING THE BODY’S VOCAL NRG STATES 5. The Dynamics of Consonant NRG: The Music of the Consonants 6. The Dynamics of Tonal NRG: The Music of the Voice Itself 7. The Dynamics of Structural NRG: The Music of the Vowels 8. The Four Neutrals: The Musical Feel of Staccato and Syncopation in Speech
PART III. REAPING WHAT WE SOW 9. Exploring Creative Vocal Life: General Exploring and Discovering 10. Exploring Creative Vocal Life: Speciﬁc Exploring and Discovering 11. Exploiting Your Creative Vocal Life Onstage 12. What about a Standard?
APPENDICES Appendix A: A Comparative Guide to Pronunciation Appendix B: Some Related Comments Appendix C: Some Relevant Anatomical Illustrations
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Everything Arthur says about the voice feels right when I try his exercises. I am so far only into the first three chapters, but all of it correlates closely with the best of Dr. John Diamond, Touch for Health by DR. John Thie, and the One Brain System of Three in One Concepts by Gordon Stokes and Daniel Whiteside, spiritually guided by Candace Callaway. I am a rank (very rank) amateur singer, with only a civil engineering degree to assisst me in understanding the human voice and anatomy. I particularly like the layout of the book that leads one on an elliptical learning curve through the different facets of breath, diction, projection, and especially the consonants, which my other teachers have not fully addressed. Since reading this text and beginning the exercises, I have a glimmer of hope that at age of 80, I may dare solo performance someday.
Arthur Lessac had taken the various aspects of voice production and created a method of studying the voice that is easy to understand and execute. Study and Practice are necessary to grasp the relaxed sublity of what Lessac is proposing. Each vowel,consonant or sound effect a musical instrument to be felt by the vocalist. When all instruments are played naturally and easily, rich, resonant, and beautifully articulate speech and singing freely happens. For speakers, singers, and anyone wishing to improve their voice, this is a must have--must use educational tool.