Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers

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Oxford University Press, Jan 8, 2004 - Music - 286 pages
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While many texts and courses on the art of singing offer comprehensive overviews of technique and performance, few have time to delve into the specific questions they spawn. Solutions for Singers explores these unanswered questions, filling in gaps that professional performers, students of singing, and voice teachers have long sought to close.Fielding over 200 questions, distinguished teacher and performer Richard Miller tackles problems raised during hundreds of his master classes and pedagogy courses. He deliberately avoids abstract generalities, concentrating instead on specific, recurring questions: What are some good exercises to loosen or relax tension in the back of the tongue? Do you apply the same principles regarding breathing to a younger student that you do to older students? What is meant by voiced and unvoiced consonants? Is there a female falsetto? Through such specialized questions, Miller probes the very essence of artistic expression.The questions are organized under ten broad topics, which Miller considers from various angles. He couples traditional and modern philosophies to present the most relevant and precise solutions. The result is an invaluable handbook for singers, which, read either sequentially or selectively, provides a unique and pragmatic approach to vocal artistry and technique.
  

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Contents

BREATH MANAGEMENT
1
The Short Onset
8
Atmospheric Pressure and the Singing Voice
14
Tanking up for Long Phrases
21
POSTLIRE
35
LARYNGEAL AND INTRALARYNGEAL FUNCTION
48
RESONANCE BALANCING
63
Sympathetic Vibration
69
Increasing the Size of the Voice
172
Voice Rest? When? How Long?
178
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179
PEDAGOGY ISSUES
187
Literature Styles and Voice Technique
193
Repertoire for Beginners
199
Nurturing the Singing Instrument
206
Completing the Technical Work
212

Falling Back on the Vowel o
75
Forward Placement
81
Knodel
87
Elevating the Fascia of the Cheek Region
93
NASAL CONTINUANTS AND NONNASAL
111
Consonant Doubling
118
REGISTRATION
129
Tension Buildup during Soprano HighLying Phrases
135
Weak Spots in the Female Scale
141
Is There a Female Falsetto?
147
Laryngeal Elevation at the Baritone Primo Passaggio
160
Intermittent Cracking on the Male High Note
166
Is There a Racial Sound in Classically Trained African American
218
PERFORMANCE CONCERNS
225
Flatting on Final Descending Notes
229
Performance Attire
235
Gesticulation in Singing and the Kinesthetic Sense
241
Holistic Singing
247
Pitch Designations
257
Repertoire for Younger or Beginning Singers
263
Select Bibliography
273
Index
281
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Richard Miller has had a distinguished international performance opera and recital career, is a celebrated masterclass presenter, vocal researcher, competition adjudicator, and prolific author.

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