Synopses & Reviews
Ah, there’s just nothing better than singing in the shower. The acoustics are perfect and you don’t sound half bad, if you do say so yourself. In fact, with a little practice you could be the next “American Idol” platinum-selling recording artist, or stage sensation. It’s time for Pavarotti to step down and for you to step up as monarch of songdom.
Whether you’re a beginning vocalist or a seasoned songster, Singing for Dummies makes it easy for you to achieve your songbird dreams. Singing for Dummies gives you step-by-step instructions and lots of helpful tips, hints, vocal exercises, reminders, and warnings for both men and women, including advice on:
- The mechanics of singing
- Discovering your singing voice
- Developing technique
- Singing in performance
- Maintaining vocal health
- Performing like a pro
Singing for Dummies is written by Dr. Pamelia Phillips, Chair of Voice and Music at New York University’s Undergraduate Drama Department. Dr. Phillips shares all of her professional expertise to help you sing your way to the top. She gives you all the information you need to know about:
- Proper posture and breathing
- Perfecting your articulation
- Finding the right voice teacher for you
- How to train for singing
- Selecting your music materials
- Acting the song
- Overcoming stage fright
- Auditioning for musical theater
In addition to Dr. Phillips’ wisdom, Singing for Dummies comes with a CD packed full of useful instruction and songs, including:
- Demonstrations of proper technique
- Exercises to develop technique and strength
- Scales and pitch drills
- Practice songs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced singers
Singing for Dummies contains all the information, practices, techniques, and expert advice you need to hone your vocal skills with ease.
“…makes it all easy-to-follow as usual…covers everything…” (Black Beat
, July 2004)
"...if you are more talented then me visit www.wileyeurope.com..." (Ipswich Evening Star, 20 August 2003)
Complete with an audio CD that lets readers practice along to exercises from the book, this engaging guide provides aspiring singers with sound advice to take their skills to the next level.
Whatever your background may be, "Singing For Dummies" offers a fun and easy approach to studying this craft. The book shows readers how to make those first sounds with proper posture and breath control, and how to match pitch.
Develop proper posture and breath control
From classical to pop to musical theater take your singing skills to the next level
Dreaming of becoming a sensational singer? Whether you enjoy singing in the shower or on the stage, this how-to guide will help you calm your nerves, match pitch, increase your vocal range, and develop a strong singing technique. You get expert advice on keeping your voice healthy, choosing a voice teacher, selecting the right material, and giving a stellar performance.
All this on the audio CD
- Singers demonstrate every exercise so you can hear how its done
- Allows you to develop agility, pop riffs, and dynamic control
- Exercises help you strengthen your chest voice, head voice, middle voice, and falsetto
- Put your singing skills to the test with a song recorded on the CD
About the Author
Pamelia S. Phillips, DMA, is a seasoned performer whose appearances range from contemporary American Opera premieres to guest performances with major symphonies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Exploring the Mechanics of Singing.
Chapter 1: So You Want To Sing . . . .
Chapter 2: Getting in the Right Frame of Spine.
Chapter 3: Breathing for Singing.
Chapter 4: Toning Up the Voice.
Part II: Discovering Your Singing Voice.
Chapter 5: Matching Voice Types: More Than Your Average Dating Service.
Chapter 6: Acquiring Beautiful Tone.
Chapter 7: Exploring Resonance.
Chapter 8: Shaping Your Vowels for Clarity.
Chapter 9: Exercising Consonants for Articulation.
Part III: Developing Your Technique.
Chapter 10: Developing a Practice Routine.
Chapter 11: Discovering the Parts of Your Singing Voice.
Chapter 12: Raising the Roof on Your Range.
Chapter 13: Guys and Dolls: What’s Unique about Your Voice.
Chapter 14: Tuning Up Your Speaking Voice for Belting.
Chapter 15: Finding the Right Voice Teacher for You.
Chapter 16: Training for Singing.
Part IV: Singing in Performance.
Chapter 17: Selecting Your Music Material.
Chapter 18: Mastering the Musical Elements.
Chapter 19: Acting the Song.
Chapter 20: Confronting Your Fear of Performing.
Chapter 21: Auditioning a Song for Musical Theater.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Performers with Good Technique.
Chapter 23: Ten FAQ about Singing.
Chapter 24: Ten Tips to Maintaining Vocal Health.
Chapter 25: Ten Tips for Performing Like a Pro.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Suggested Songs to Advance Your Singing Technique.
Appendix B: About the CD.