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On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

Covering all facets of vocal performance, this book considers in detail established comparative vocal techniques, the specifics of interpretation and communication, the factors that contribute to ... More


Performing Through Space: Overflow, Displacement, and the Voice in (Jean-Luc Godard, 1987)

Albertine Fox

in Locating the Voice in Film: Critical Approaches and Global Practices

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190261122
eISBN:
9780190261153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261122.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter examines the interaction between voice, sound, and space in the little-known comedy Keep Your Right Up: A Place on Earth (Jean-Luc Godard, 1987), focusing in particular on the sculptural ... More


Sounding Navajo: The Politics of Social Citizenship and Tradition

Kristina M. Jacobsen

in Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Diné Belonging

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631868
eISBN:
9781469631882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631868.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Native American Studies

Chapter Four interrogates what is defined as “sounding Navajo” and what happens when someone refuses to adhere to these expectations. Looking at how gender, nation, and the idea of a prescriptive ... More


Voices

Simon Featherstone

in Englishness: Twentieth-Century Popular Culture and the Forming of English Identity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623655
eISBN:
9780748651764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623655.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter identifies the role of accent, dialect and speech in the formation of national identity, and considers the relevance of the strategies of mimicry. It shows how new adjustments of ... More


Spectrographic Analysis of the Singing Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0090
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the use of the spectrograph in the analysis of the singing voice. Teachers of singing watch students sing in order to see as well as to hear the causes for change in vocal ... More


Si canta come si parla?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers whether the maxim si canta come si parla (one sings as one speaks) has validity as a pedagogical tenet in the cultivated singing voice. Si canta come si parla is a familiar ... More


How Singing Is Not Like Speaking

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses some of the major differences between singing and speaking. Two adages that have long been a part of the useful reservoir of pedagogical language are “si canta come si parla” ... More


The Voice of Karen Carpenter

Mitchell Morris

in The Persistence of Sentiment: Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780520242852
eISBN:
9780520955059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520242852.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

Karen Carpenter's death from anorexia in 1983 caused a widespread re-evaluation of her persona as a singer. Though she was frequently imagined as an airbrushed, vapid conservative (thanks to aspects ... More


Teaching Hearing the Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers how to teach someone to hear the voice as a singing technique. To teach someone to hear the singing voice and to discriminate among timbres and the physical and acoustic ... More


Warming Up the Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0051
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the process of warming up the voice prior to singing. Listening to singers warm up can be amusing to the uninitiated bystander. What takes place during the warm-up process may ... More


Instinctive, Artistic Singing

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0080
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the notion that singing is an instinctive and artistic endeavor that should not be influenced by factual information regarding the acoustics of the singing voice. Artistry and ... More


Relax and Sing?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0083
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the importance of relaxation in singing. With the surge of interest in physical exercise for body conditioning, strenuous physical warm-up exercises for the singing voice moved ... More


How Big Is the Big Sound?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0088
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines whether a big voice is necessary in singing. It argues that techniques for supposedly enlarging the singing voice are counterproductive, because they upset the relationships ... More


A Brief Spectral Study of Vowel Differentiation and Modification in a Professional Tenor Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0093
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines vowel differentiation and modification in a professional tenor voice using a spectrograph. Spectral analysis supplies information regarding technical maneuvers during singing. ... More


“Simplicity” in Singing

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the notion that learning to sing is simple. It argues that students should view with skepticism the voice teacher who tries to assure them that singing is “quite a simple ... More


On the Invasion of Vocal Pedagogy by Science

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0071
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter comments on the idea that science has made undesirable inroads into the domain of vocal pedagogy in recent years, and that the voice teacher should not be concerned with physical and ... More


Spectral Components of Five Cardinal Vowels in the Soprano Singing Voice Considered by Means of the Sequential Vowel Diagonal

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0092
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines the spectral components of five cardinal vowels in the soprano singing voice using the sequential vowel diagonal. The objective is to illustrate the pedagogical relevance of the ... More


A Stroll Past the Practice Rooms

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0058
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers what voice students do in the practice room. Young singers fall in love with exciting vocal literature, and there scarcely exists a voice teacher who doesn't have to warn ... More


The Aging Singer

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0065
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter focuses on the professional singer who is growing older and how he or she can continue singing. The professional singer is not the normal voice user. Like all athletic prowess, the vocal ... More


The “Tricky” Teacher

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that “tricky teaching” not based on principles of mechanical freedom may cause detrimental reactions in the singing voice. Given the diversity of vocal problems and the ... More


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