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Basics of Singing


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Part I: TECHNIQUE. 1. Practicing. 2. Vocalizing. 3. Breathing. 4. Learning a Song. 5. Basic Principles of Vocal Technique. 6. Vocal Health. 7. Theatrics of Singing. 8. Music Reading. Part II: SONG ANTHOLOGY. 1. Background and Performance Notes. 2. Folk Songs. A la Claire Fontaine. Amar, Amar. Cancion Mixteca. Carrickfergus. Coconut Tree. How Can I Keep from Singing? If You Will Love Me. Maranoa Lullaby. Marianina. The Meadowlands. Scarborough Fair. See the Waters a Gliding. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. 3. Songs from Movies and Musical Theater. The Book of Love. A Change in Me. The Colors of My Life. Hey, Look Me Over. If Ever I Would Leave You. Long Ago. The Moon and I. On My Own. Once upon a Dream. Simple. Since I Gave My Heart Away. When I Fall in Love. You Made Me Love You. 4. Art Songs and Arias. Beneath a Weeping Willow''s Shade. Come Away. Come Ready and See Me. Im Fruhling. L''aurore. Noche Serena. Non lo diro col labbro. A Pastoral. Sure on This Shining Night. There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind. Un moto di gioia. Wehmut. Will There Really Be a Morning? 5. Songs of Faith. Ave Maria. Be Thou My Vision. Eternal Life (Prayer of St. Francis). Gaelic Blessing (May the Road Rise up to Meet You). Great Day. O Rest in the Lord. Panis Angelicus. Psalm 24. 6. Duets. The Meadowlands. Gaelic Blessing (May the Road Rise Up to Meet You). 7. Rounds. Dona Nobis Pacem. Let Us Sing Together. Shalom Chaverim (Farewell, Good Friends). Sample Vocal Exercises. For Further Study. Glossary of Musical Terms and Symbols. Glossary of Technical Terms. Glossary of Song Styles. International Phonetic Alphabet. eSources. Bibliography. Index.


"Three major strengths: 1. Excellent information on vocal health that is up to date; 2. Songs are laid out in high and low keys for various voice types and ranges; 3. Good background information about the songs and good variety of song styles to appeal to a broad interest in a class."
"I like your simple explanation in the chapters. The chapters are not long, so they are not intimidating. You do what the title says, 'Basics in singing.'"
"The three greatest strengths are: (1) Anthology of songs; (2) CD accompaniment; (3) Author's knowledge and explanation of basic technique. ... Theatrics of singing is great I especially like the part about 'selling' the song."
"This layout is better ordered than the Paton I am using. ... It seems simple and clear. Non-threatening for the scared first-time singer."
"I really like that there is more music and not so much text so the students are actually singing and not just reading about singing. Your organization is good and very useable for the way I teach the course. ... I feel Part I is a good introduction to singing without going overboard. All the important aspects of singing are covered without great detail. Any areas that the students might want to explore more I could certainly enhance, but for an introduction course the material seems to be appropriate. ... I really like the 'Background and Performance Notes' for the songs. ... This is so often overlooked but is so very essential for our singers to learn in order to really 'sell the song' as they need to do."

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