SINGING: CONTENTS

 

Chapter 1 Freedom to Sing 

  • Can I learn to sing? 

  • How will I improve my singing? 

  • What will I need? 

  • Physical freedom 

  • How muscles work 

  • Stretching 

Chapter 2 Breath and the Body 

  • Singing posture 

  • Head alignment 

  • Learn to breathe 

  • The breathing mechanism 

  • Breath support 

  • Phases of breath action 

  • Theories of breath support 

  • Interaction between posture and breath action 

  • Upside-down breathing 

  • Bodybuilding 

Chapter 3 Free Tone Tone quality 

  • Descriptive words 

  • Vocal acoustics 

  • Tonal goals 

  • What the vocal bands do 

  • Three methods of attack 

  • Three methods of release 

  • Resonance 

  • Vibrato 

  • How to vocalize 

Chapter 4 Changing Resonances in Your Voice Chest or head? 

  • Your choice 

  • What kind of voice? 

  • Voice types 

  • Belt and pop singing 

  • Finding your best resonance 

  • Increasing your resonance 

  • Feeling and hearing 

  • Relaxation and resonance 

Chapter 5 Preparing a Song 

  • Learning the tune 

  • Learning the words 

  • Phrasing 

  • Catch breaths 

  • Singing the song 

Chapter 6 Vowels and Vocal Color 

  • Your speaking voice 

  • What is diction? 

  • The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) 

  • Vowels for singing 

  • The seven Italian vowels 

  • Tongue vowels 

  • Lip Vowels 

  • Pure Ay and Oh in English 

  • Equalizing the vowels 

  • Coloring your voice for expression 

  • Summary of 15 vowels 

Chapter 7 Consonants and Clarity

  • Semi-consonants 

  • Consonants 

  • Hums 

  • Pairs of consonants 

  • Special consonants 

  • R: the variable sound 

  • Clusters and legato singing 

Chapter 8 Double and Triple Vowels Five diphthongs 

  • Schwa-diphthongs 

  • Schwa-triphthongs 

Chapter 9 Performing a Song

  • Guidelines for interpretation 

  • Musical styles 

  • Beginning, middle, and end 

  • Strophic songs 

  • Through-composed songs 

  • Pop-song form 

  • The accompanist 

  • Confidence and stage fright 

  • Preparations 

  • Onstage

Chapter 10 Extending Your Voice

  • Vocal strength 

  • Focus 

  • Improving breath control 

  • Flexibility 

  • Range 

  • Low notes 

  • High notes 

Chapter 11 Understanding Your Vocal Instrument 

  • The voice as a musical instrument 

  • What¹s behind your Adam¹s apple? 

  • Vocal health 

  • Vocal overuse 

  • Damaged voices 

  • Avoiding more colds 

Chapter 12 Notes for Nonmusicians 

  • What is a musical ear? 

  • Pitch 

  • Keys 

  • Scales 

  • Rhythm 

  • Looking at music 

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