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The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique
by Anne Peckham
The second edition of this bestselling comprehensive guide contains improved vocal workouts and additional topics, including performance anxiety and healthy singing. The companion CD makes this guide an ideal tool for creating a singing course for students of almost any age gender, who can practice technique along with lead sheets for such standard vocal pieces as Yesterda ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Berklee Press Publications
(first published August 1st 2000)
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There is some good information in this primer on singing and vocal performance, and some worthwhile exercises on the accompanying CD. That said, the exercises and the text are not very well integrated. Several full songs are used in the text of the book, but there is no sign of them on the CD. The same goes with graphics that demonstrate various vocal ranges. So unless you can accompany yourself or are using this book as part of professional voice lessons, you can skip those sections (and really ...more
This guide was essentially like having a vocal coach at home, in varying degrees. The book explores the biological mechanics of vocal technique, helping the aspiring singer grow increasingly aware of their body, presence, and also the psychological effects on the body, impacting overall performance. The supplementary CD offers vocal warmups for all ranges, as well as additional exercises, for increasing one's range, and overall improvement of performance. A multidimensional, indispensible tool f ...more