Sane Singing: A Guide to Vocal Progress

Sane Singing: A Guide to Vocal Progress

by D. Brian Lee

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Overview

If you are a singer or voice teacher looking for training options, you will soon discover that there are multitudes of people, products, and ideas out there claiming to be able to help you. How do you sort it out? How can you advocate for yourself in an increasingly crowded and confusing marketplace? How can you determine whether the training you are getting is upping your game?

Sane Singing will help you to:


  • evaluate voice training options
  • select a qualified teacher
  • build a team to support you
  • measure your own vocal progress
  • ask better questions
  • identify priorities in your vocal development
  • take care of your vocal, mental, and physical health


Sane Singing is here to help you apply calm, rational principles to the process of becoming a better singer. The way to your vocal potential is as unique as you are. Now is the time to go deeper into learning more about your path.

Sane Singing includes downloadable content and access to online media files that will help you to track your progress and take control of your vocal education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999777480
Publisher: Better Baggage Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

1. FIRST THINGS 1

The Motive 3

Modi Operandi 4

My Peculiar Path 5

The Two Big Questions 19

2. TRAINING 21

Why Bother? 23

Your Team 25

Teacher or Coach? 26

Finding a Qualified Teacher 28

Dealing with a Bad Fit 31

Cults 33

Teacher, Not Therapist 35

Authenticity and Uniqueness 37

Talent Shmalent 40

Corporate Singing 41

Schools 44

Not Schools 47

Roll Your Own? 49

A Degree in Something 51

Video Instruction 54

Distance Learning 55

Trademarked Methods Aplenty 56

How Long? 58

3. THE CONFUSIONS 61

Paradoxes 63

Eclecticism or a Hot Mess? 65

Breathing 67

Support! 70

The Sad Lesson 74

Squabbling Teachers 76

The Black Box 79

Is the Voice an Instrument? 82

New Teacher, New Concepts 84

Melting Mysteries 87

Something to Hang on to 89

Imagery and Mirages 91

Mechanistic Directives: of the Devil? 97

Sensation and Sound 99

Fighting Words 101

Verbs and Bad Teaching 104

You Can't Cover Everybody 106

Health versus Your Sound 107

Voice Science, Academic Religion 108

4. WHERE AM I? 113

Self-Assessment Is Crucial 116

Contents of the SAPS 118

Daily Technical Check-In 123

The Advice of Other Humans 127

Feedback from the Arena 129

5. THE SINGER'S LIFE 131

Practicing Better 133

A New Voice Every Day 136

When to Cancel 137

Consistency 138

Pre-Performance Performance 140

Age 142

Health 145

Retooling 148

Money 150

Midlife and the Artist's Soul 153

Action > Attitude 156

Big Questions Again 158

Openness 160

Remember Fun? 161

Love Yourself, Love Your Voice 162

REFERENCES 163

APPENDIX 167

Potential in Every Note 170

Lamperti and the Evolution of Appoggio (Support!) 172

Authors Who Pushed Me 181

Downloads 185

Recommended Reading and Media 186

INDEX 189

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 193

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