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The Contemporary Singer - 2nd Edition
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The Contemporary Singer - 2nd Edition

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Author: Anne Peckham

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Table of Contents

Audio
Preface
Acknowledgments
PART I: KNOWING YOUR INSTRUMENT
CHAPTER 1: Studying Voice
Tips For Getting Started
An Overview Of The Singing Process
CHAPTER 2: Breath Management
Posture
Four Steps Of Effective Breathing
Different Approaches To Breathing
Breathing Exercises
CHAPTER 3: The Larynx
Anatomy
Initiating Tone
CHAPTER 4: Enhancing Tone Quality
The Resonators
Discovering Your Resonance
CHAPTER 5: Vocal Registers and Blending
Registers, Range, Resonance, And Placement
Yodeling
Tips For Working On Registers
Belting
CHAPTER 6: Diction
Formal And Informal Diction
Microphones
Singing And Non-Singing Diction
Five Primary Vowels
Compound Vowels (Diphthongs)
Vowel Modifications In Your High Range
Three Kinds Of Attacks
Consonants
Pronunciation Checklist
PART 2: MASTERING THE SKILLS
CHAPTER 7: Practicing
Productive Practice
Establish A Routine
I. Beginning Warm-up
II. Vocal Technique (10–20 Minutes)
III. Song Study (15–20 Minutes)
IV. Cool Down (2–5 Minutes)
CHAPTER 8: Maintaining Vocal Health
Vocal Health—Facts
Vocal Health Guidelines
Marking For Voice Conservation
CHAPTER 9: Beyond the Basics
CHAPTER 10: Performing
Focusing Your Performance
Classical To Pop Transition
Microphone Technique
Performance Anxiety
APPENDIX A: Auditioning
Audition Guidelines
Appendix B: Practice Songs
"Yesterday"
"I'm Beginning To See The Light"
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
APPENDIX C: Diction Guide
Basic English With Foreign Language Vowels
Pronunciation Practice
APPENDIX D: Workouts
Beginning Warm-up For All Voices
Level 1 Workout
Advanced Workout
END NOTES
GLOSSARY
INFORMATIONAL SOURCES
Web Sites
Books
Music
About the Author

The second edition of this bestselling, comprehensive guide contains improved vocal workouts and additional topics, including performance anxiety and healthy singing. The companion online audio makes this guide an ideal tool for the individual singer as well as for those who wish to create a singing course for students of almost any age or gender.

This digital book also includes lead sheets so you can practice technique for such standard vocal pieces as “Yesterday” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. Other topics covered include getting started, posture, belting and diction, maintaining vocal health, microphone technique, and much more.

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