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The Structure of Singing: System and Art of Vocal Technique: System and Art in Vocal Technique [Paperback]

Richard Miller
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20 Nov 1986
Combining the physical, technical, and artistic aspects of singing, the author applies current findings in medicine, acoustics, phonetics, and speech therapy to the singer's needs. The text demonstrates the scientific basis of exercises and vocalises, covering all major areas of vocal technique.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc (20 Nov 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534255353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534255350
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. The Coordinated Vocal Onset and Release: Establishing Dynamic Muscle Equilibrium through Onset and Release. 2. The Supported Singing Voice: Breath Management in Singing. 3. Agility in Singing: Flexible Application of Breath Power. 4. The Resonant Voice: Supraglottic Considerations in Singing. 5. The Well-balanced Vowel: Vowel Differentiation in Singing. 6. Resonance Balancing through Nasal Consonants: The Influences of Nasal Continuants on Resonator Adjustment. 7. Resonance Balancing through Non-nasal Consonants: The Influence of Non-nasal Consonants on Resonator Adjustment. 8. Sustaining the Voice: Sostenuto. 9. Unifying the Registers of Male Voices. 10. Unifying the Registers of the Female Voice. 11. Vowel Modification in Singing: aggiustamento. 12. Range Extension and Stabilization in Singing. 13. Messa di voce and Dynamic Control. 14. Vibrancy in Singing: Vibrato and Vocal Timbre. 15. Coordinating Technique and Communication. 16. Pedagogical Attitudes: The Aesthetics of Vocal Timbre. 17. Healthy Singing. Appendixes. Glossary of Nonmusical Terms. Glossary of Vocal Terms. Bibliography. Index.

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Miller brings together the physical, technical, and artistic aspects of singing. He applies current findings in medicine, acoustics, phonetics, and speech therapy to the singer’s needs and demonstrates the scientific basis of exercises and vocalises, covering all major areas of vocal technique.

Richard Miller is internationally known as tenor, teacher, editor, and writer. Professor of Singing at Oberlin College, he has authored English, French, German, and Italian Techniques of Singing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The emerging authority on vocal technique 13 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As a former student of Mr. Miller, I can hardly claim not to have some sort of bias. However, I have yet to encounter a book on vocal technique that is more insightful or more complete. Mr. Miller is one of a number of pioneers who promote the idea that good vocal technique is based on physiology and basic scientific principles (imagine that!). He is a no-nonsense get-down-to-the facts kind of guy when he writes about vocal technique - a welcome contrast to some other works on the subject.
TSOS covers all the major topics in vocal technique in considerable detail - be prepared to look at diagrams and learn terminology. But most of all, be prepared to _understand_. If you find the amount of detail daunting, not to worry - TSOS is well divided into sections, so you can get away with jumping around without too much trouble.
Always entertaining to read and with an unmistakeable style, Miller does not shy away from criticizing certain popular ideas. But more than just criticize, he explains _why_ certain notions are wrong, and what you can do to avoid common pitfalls.
An absolute must-read for the modern singer. Enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for serious singers/teachers 24 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
Richard Miller's book is considered a classic text for singers and teachers. The detail information on the physiology of the voice and the explanation of what happens when one is singing are second to none. The exercises are very useful and the chapter on Healthy Singing gives great advice on what to do when the voice is ill and how to care for the voice generally.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This book presents the fundamentals of correct singing in an easy, learned style. Richard Miller is "no-nonsense" and includes serious research to back up all of his assertions as well as examples for the accomplished vocalist. In times where a singer is between good teachers, this book makes a useful and helpful companion. A must have for any serious singer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Miller's books 17 Jan 2008
By C. Orde
Format:Paperback
I have several of Miller's books on vocal technique and this remains the best. If you have to choose only one (for they are not cheap), this is the one to have. It is not a book to read at one sitting, for much of it is technical and difficult to understand at first, but it will repay careful rereading and study over many months and even years. It is as much a reference book as a practical manual. My only quibble is the unattractive typesetting and the poor quality of most of the illustrations and photographs, which is why I don't give it five stars. It frankly looks like something from the 1950s. It deserves a decently produced new edition with sharp, detailed colour photographs. The technology exists to do this easily so there is no excuse not to upgrade a book that must surely find a sale in every conservatoire music library and vocal studio in the world.
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