Idiot's Guides: Singing, 2nd Edition

  • Phyllis Fulford
  • Michael Miller University of Texas, San Antonio
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  • ISBN-10: 161564623X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615646234
  • DDC: 783
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 336 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This is an approachable, easy-to-use guide to improving one's singing voice. It takes a similar approach used in other Idiot's Guide music books to guide the reader step-by-step through the process of becoming a real singer. Readers will learn how to find their ideal singing range, how best to practice, how to improve basic technique, how to stand and breathe properly, how to sing in different musical styles, and how to move beyond singing in the shower to singing in public. Both solo and ensemble singing are covered, as is the concept of sight singing. The book is filled with numerous illustrations and musical examples, as well as fun and productive singing exercises. Unlike more traditional vocal instruction books, Idiot's Guide: Singing takes a "fast-track" approach to the topic, so that budding vocalists start singing right from the very start. The book even shows readers how to sing in different musical styles (pop, rock, country, classical, etc.) and how to perform live-including proper microphone technique.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Publisher Note.
Title Page.
Dedication Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Finding Your Voice.
2: Your First Singing Lesson.
3: Employing Vocal Imagery.
4: Finding Your Range.
5: Developing Your Technique with Vocal Exercises.
6: Learning to Sing—Properly.
7: Let’s Get Physical.
8: Straight and Tall: Why Posture Makes a Difference.
9: Waiting to Exhale: Learning Breath Control.
10: Finding Your Focus: Vocal Placement and the Even Voice.
11: Sight Singing and Vocal Theory.
12: Basic Vocal Theory.
13: Do, a Deer: Using Solfeggio Techniques.
14: Practicing Your Sight Singing.
15: Taking It Further.
16: Learning Proper Diction.
17: Employing Proper Phrasing and Dynamics.
18: Establishing a Practice Routine.
19: Learning a New Song.
20: Choral Singing.
21: Singing in Style.
22: Classical and Musical Theater.
23: Pop, Rock, and Country.
24: Jazz.
25: Gospel and R&B.
26: The Next Steps.
27: Taking Care of Your Voice.
28: Finding a Teacher.
29: Singing Onstage and in the Studio.
30: Belting It Out in Vocal competitions.
31: Following Your Dreams.
Appendix A: Vocal Music Glossary.
Appendix B: Pronunciation Reference.
Appendix C: Troubleshooting Vocal Problems.
Appendix D: Audio Track Listings.
About the Authors.