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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black; 2Rev Ed edition (20 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713668237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668230
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A leading exponent of Estill Voice Craft, Gillyanne Kayes runs a vocal consultancy, trouble-shooting for teachers and choral directors. Many West End and pop artistes have already benefited from her accurate and practical information about the singing voice. She is much in demand as a seminar leader and workshop facilitator.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Hemsley on 26 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
I first came accross this book whilst studying for my BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre, and it has been a valuable point of reference for me. As a singer, I found that this book clearly outlines ways to check your technique is perfect and also explains the "science" behind singing: what is actually happening to your vocal folds when you sing. It was not only helpful but also fascinating to discover what the body does in order to make a beautiful sound.

A very good investment, not only for actors wishing to build singing skills but also for singers who want to explore their art further.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec 2001
Format: Hardcover
Gillyanne Kayes Book looks at the work of Jo Estill who has devoted her life to finding out how the voice works. This book gives you an indepth look at the anatomy of the voice and how to use it to help you sing.
It also provides you with easy to follow examples of how you can put into practice the anatomy that you have learnt. I have studied Classical voice before moving onto looking at Voice Craft. Now I have a book that can make sense all of the excercise I have been taught in the past and why it is important to do them correctly.
VoiceCraft is used in many West End shows now and is considered to be one of the best vocal studies that you can do. VoiceCraft can only be taught by Licenced practitioners.
This book is the best way to get an indepth look at this technique of singing. I Highly recommend anyone who is looking at singing professionally or even to a very high amater standed, buying this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darkbloom on 24 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Singing And The Actor, by Gillyanne Kayes is a really superb, indepth book about the voice. As the title suggests this book is aimed primarily at actors who use their singing voice; however anyone interested in any singing genre will find this book a valuable resource.

Kayes explains in step by step detail how to access and use the different vocal set-ups and voice qualities. This requires the reader to take an active part in the proceedings by doing awareness exercises to understand and internalize the text.

This is not a book that can be read once to fully understand and benifit from what is being discussed. I have had this book for over a year and have read it many times, and have gone over several of the key chapters most relevent to me again and again.

One of the things that I like about this book is that even when the author is explaining something basic and simple it doesn't feel dumbed down or patronizing. Everything is treated and explained in the same straight forward manner whether it is an advanced or basic concept.

Pesonally I would also recommend the audio guide that accompanies this book, but which (unfortunately) is sold seperately. This can give you a faster track to understanding the excercises and sounds required to create the voice qualities and vocal set-ups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gillyanne Kayes on 28 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
Successful Singing AuditionsBelting Explained!Constriction and Release - the techniquesNasality and the Soft PalateVoicebox Videos [DVD]Gillyanne here. It's great to see the book still thriving and readers getting a lot out of it - very satisfying. I see some people have mentioned the Singing and the Actor Audio Guide CD that I made to go with the book. Currently it's out of stock but I'm planning to revive this resource in a different format so please look out for it on my website [...]

The work described in my book is in use by trainers from many different pedagogical backgrounds, which is absolutely as it should be. I would like to correct some statements in the reviews here about 'only' being able to learn the work written about in my book with a 'licensed Estill trainer'. As as a former Estill Vanguard Trainer myself I can categorically say that these statements are nonsense and perhaps written in well-meaning ignorance. Information about vocal anatomy and physiology used in the book is available from many mainstream academic sources - I distilled it in a way that I thought would be understandable and applicable for actors, musical theatre singers, and their teachers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colleen on 9 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the best vocal training book ever! As a beginner, it helps to have a singing teacher that uses these methods to assist in understanding and development of one's vocal journey. For the advance, it unlocks the process of mastering vocal control enabling to reach full potential in all vocal styles.

I call it my singing bible, it's great to look up different areas of vocal understanding as and when is need. Not the sort of book to read from cover to cover in one day, but there is a natural progression throughout, building from understanding of the basics to advance singing. if you are serious about giving your voice the best chance to excel, then I totally recommend "singing and the actor"
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