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Being a Singer
Being a Singer: The Art, Craft, and Science | Linda Balliro
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Being a Singer: The Art, Craft, and Science provides the solutions you need to make practical, consistent changes in your singing. This book pulls back the curtain on how singing actually works, from cognition to anatomy to your amazing hearing system and even your instincts and emotions. Based on the training approach of Seth Riggs, supported by vocal science, neuroscience and motor learning, Being a Singer offers clear tools and strategies that train your voice, empower you to find solutions, build your awareness, and develop confidence. Stories and interviews will inspire you. Exercises with clear how-to's, evaluations, and troubleshooting will train your voice, mind, and body.
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Lynnsoprano
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Mehso-so

This has a few redeeming qualities, but it‘s close to a pan. Oddly organized, and I can‘t figure out what the intended audience is. In some respects I feel it‘s aimed at a rank beginner, other places it assumes musical knowledge. Some really oddball ideas that I bounced off other singer friends who agreed that they‘re strange/ outright wrong. There are a few things I‘ll try with my students, but I‘m definitely not impressed.

LiteraryinLititz Oh no! I‘m a singer and I‘m curious- what was a weird idea the book suggested? 3w
Lynnsoprano @LiteraryinLititz The thing that really got to me were the vowels she chose for exercises. She starts of with an “uh“. I thought maybe she meant a schwa, but later on she used the IPA symbol and it wasn't schwa. Her second vowel was the a in hat. I kept wondering where the pure Latin/Italian vowels were. She also sort of waved off breathing and breath management. She didn't talk about it until halfway through the book. 3w
LiteraryinLititz Using the “a” of hat is a really weird vowel to sing on! Why not an “ah” of box? Strange indeed. 3w
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Lynnsoprano
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Do you think there‘s a problem when I‘m already highlighting and making a list of inaccuracies in chapter 2?

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Lynnsoprano
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Another #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer book arrived yesterday. I‘m always kind of wary of books and videos that purport to teach singing technique, but the author here has excellent credentials. I‘m keeping an open mind.

VoraciousMind Keep us posted! I would be curious to know how good the book ends up being! 3w
Lynnsoprano @VoraciousMind Right now it‘s looking like a mixed bag! 3w
VoraciousMind @Lynnsoprano That is too bad. ☹️ 3w
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