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Finding Your Voice: A Complete Voice Training Manual for Actors (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 25 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (25 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854596594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854596598
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Brilliantly guides the actor using exercises and tools that can revolutionise the voice. It's a boon!' --Joseph Fiennes

'Barbara's work is simple and practical, encouraging each actor to be free and fluid with their own voice... Very inspiring' -- Emily Watson

'Barbara has a great understanding of the way that actors' anxieties can affect their voice. Her tone is calm, reassuring and good humoured.' --Niamh Cusack

Encourages rather than intimidates the budding student... Barbara Houseman is inspirational in her obvious enthusiasm for her subject. --Times Literary Supplement

It is very hard to work on the voice from a book but Barbara Houseman has found a way to make it approachable and wholly possible - she calls it 'a step-by-step guide for actors'. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in spending a few minutes each day finding their 'own' voice. --The British Voice Association

About the Author

Barbara Houseman has worked with the Royal Court, the RSC (where she was Resident Voice and Text Coach), and the Young Vic (where she was Associate Director). She has worked one-to-one with several well-known actors and alongside many well-known directors.


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By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2002
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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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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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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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This book is a readable and practical guide to getting the best from your voice. It has the right amount of physiological information balanced with meaningful and helpful practical help in applying the techniques contained within. A gem! Wish I had found this book when I was a music student.
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As an enthusiastic amateur singer, this book was pointed out to me by my teacher to help me relax when I'm singing. I'm only using a couple of chapters, and I can't see myself building up to the full 'workout', but it is really helpful, and reinforces so much of what I've been learning.
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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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Great book with easy to understand exercises. Barbara explains the exercises and their benefits with great knowledge and warmth. I'd recommend this book to any kind of vocal performer.
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Bought it for my girlfriend , she says it's a good read. She also enjoys the breathing/vocal exercises. She's days they have helped her relax
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