Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice
Rena Cook, Jane Boston
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, May 15, 2009 - Music - 256 pages
Breath in Action looks at the significance of breath to human life - not just the simple fact that if we stop breathing, we die, but also the more subtle ways in which our breath interacts with our voice and our being. Written by experts in vocal and holistic practice, the book is divided into four sections: Breath and the Body; Breath and the Mind; Breath and Holistic Practice; Breath and Performance. It offers the latest theories from a variety of disciplines on how we can be taught to breathe better so as to communicate better, act or sing better, feel better, live better. Combining theory with practice, many of the chapters also offer clearly laid out breathing exercises and techniques. Interdisciplinary in its focus, Breath in Action adds to specialist knowledge in the performance field, whilst also offering enlightening information for those interested in therapeutic and healing processes, movement, and voice and speech sciences.
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This book is absolutely fascinating on the subject of breath and voice. It is full of wisdom from the leading practitioners of voice and speech in the humanities. I have read plenty of the essays several times over. It also has exercises for the speaking voice, in case you are interested in a more flexible, stronger, more expressive voice.