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Finding Your Voice [Paperback]

Barbara Houseman
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6 Sep 2002
First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (6 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878301674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878301676
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 811,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...".encourage rather than intimidate the budding student."
-"Times Literary Supplement
"[Houseman] is inspirational in her obvious enthusiasm for her subject. I particularly like Houseman's advocacy of a calm, patient approach."
-"Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Barbara Houseman has worked as the Resident Voice and Text Coach at the Royal Shakespeare Company, at Young Vic, where she has served as Associate Director, and at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

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Having given you five key tools to work with in the introduction, I would like to add a few reassurances and some advice on how to approach the work. Read the first page
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars find your own voice 4 Nov 2002
This is an excellent and rare book - a practical voice book that is anatomically correct and well-researched but written in a wholly approachable manner by a sensitive and highly experienced practitioner. It can be difficult to work on your own voice via a book but Barbara Houseman offers a step-by-step guide accompanied by helpful little illustrations. The book contains a trouble-shooting section and warmups and warmdowns for different situations. These are timed and cross-referenced back to the main
text. The lay-out is unusual - clear and fun with little boxes adding information or exercises. I am finding it immensely helpful and interesting.
I teach too and it is helping with my own voice use and understanding of thevoice. I imagine it would be useful to anyone who uses their voice in pursuit of their work - teachers, politicians, interviewers, business people etc as well as being invaluable to actors and performers.
I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to breathe again 4 Oct 2002
This excellent book is full of great, easy to understand information and exercises to help you to find your voice. Although it's categorised as a book for actors, I think it would be of great help to anyone involved in public speaking or presentations, where using a greater range and depth to the voice is important. I came to it expecting to skip over the sections on the physiology of breathing, but found the whole thing fascinating. There's a good section at the end on troubleshooting voice problems - Voice too quiet, voice too loud, voice too shrill etc - maybe Margaret Thatcher had an advance copy? A practical book and a very entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful. 23 Aug 2008
This is a simply wonderful book - well written, straight forward, sensible and wise. The world is not exactly short of books on voice but this is like no other - as valuable theoretically as it is practically - and I urge you to buy it. In a nutshell this book makes sense and leaves the reader more knowledgeable, more confident and more secure. For those fortunate enough to have had the chance to work with Barbara Houseman this book reaffirms her position as the greatest voice coach in the country, for those who haven't it affords an invaluable opportunity to share in her wisdom and experience.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor and rambling 14 May 2014
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Didn't think this was at all helpful. Few exercises and a lot of waffle. I have the voice training manual by Joanna gray and find this much better. It's shorter but gives more information without all the waffle.
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