Singing For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 23, 2011 - Music - 360 pages
Ah, there’s just nothing better than singing in the shower. The acoustics are perfect and you don’t sound half bad, if you do say so yourself. In fact, with a little practice you could be the next “American Idol” platinum-selling recording artist, or stage sensation. It’s time for Pavarotti to step down and for you to step up as monarch of songdom.

Whether you’re a beginning vocalist or a seasoned songster, Singing for Dummies makes it easy for you to achieve your songbird dreams. Singing for Dummies gives you step-by-step instructions and lots of helpful tips, hints, vocal exercises, reminders, and warnings for both men and women, including advice on:

  • The mechanics of singing
  • Discovering your singing voice
  • Developing technique
  • Singing in performance
  • Maintaining vocal health
  • Performing like a pro

Singing for Dummies is written by Dr. Pamelia Phillips, Chair of Voice and Music at New York University’s Undergraduate Drama Department. Dr. Phillips shares all of her professional expertise to help you sing your way to the top. She gives you all the information you need to know about:

  • Proper posture and breathing
  • Perfecting your articulation
  • Finding the right voice teacher for you
  • How to train for singing
  • Selecting your music materials
  • Acting the song
  • Overcoming stage fright
  • Auditioning for musical theater

In addition to Dr. Phillips’ wisdom, Singing for Dummies comes with a CD packed full of useful instruction and songs, including:

  • Demonstrations of proper technique
  • Exercises to develop technique and strength
  • Scales and pitch drills
  • Practice songs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers

Singing for Dummies contains all the information, practices, techniques, and expert advice you need to hone your vocal skills with ease.


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Exploring the Mechanics of Singing
Getting in the Right Frame of Spine
Breathing for Singing
Toning Up the Voice
Matching Voice Types More Than Your Average Dating Service
Acquiring Beautiful Tone
Exploring Resonance
Tuning Up Your Speaking Voice for Belting
Finding the Right Voice Teacher for
Training for Singing
Singing in Performance
Mastering the Musical Elements
Acting the Song
Confronting Your Fear of Performing
Auditioning a Song for Musical Theater

Shaping Your Vowels for Clarity
Exercising Consonants for Articulation
Developing Your Technique
Discovering the Parts of Your Singing Voice
Raising the Roof on Your Range
Guys and Dolls Whats Unique about Your Voice
The Part of Tens
Ten FAQ about Singing
Ten Tips for Performing Like a
Suggested Songs to Advance Your Singing Technique
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Pamelia S. Phillips, DMA, is a seasoned performer whose appearances range from contemporary American Opera premieres to guest performances with major symphonies.

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