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The Invisible Instrument?

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/9780195098259.003.0072
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the “unseen” vocal instrument, that is, the vocal folds cannot be directly viewed. The finger of the pianist can be placed in exactly the desired position on the keyboard, the ... More


Pop Music, Non-Western European Vocal Styles, and Efficient Vocal Function

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/9780195098259.003.0037
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers popular music in relation to non-Western European vocal style and vocal function. Much of Western art owes its characteristics to a commitment to beauty, strength, and health ... More


Feeling, Hearing, and Seeing 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/9780195098259.003.0089
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the three proprioceptive devices by which the vocal instrument is trained: feeling, hearing, and seeing. Singers are sometimes told that they cannot hear themselves sing. This ... More


Sharpening Up Some Old Pedagogical Saws

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/9780195098259.003.0025
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers a number of expressions in vocal pedagogy that can be placed under the heading “old saws” and can be sharpened up. Old voice-teaching saws exist because they embody concepts ... More


Patching the Vocal Garment

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/9780195098259.003.0022
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that patching is seldom an effective way of ensuring either the beauty or the longevity of a garment with holes. In the same way, a voice teacher should not resort to patching ... More


Liederwurst

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/9780195098259.003.0031
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter argues that producing Liederwurst is neither communicative nor vocally arresting, and that the potential for the communication of the poetry and the music depends upon vocal sound, not ... 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


The Incorrupt Jaw and Tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua

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/9780195098259.003.0087
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter focuses on the “incorrupt jaw and tongue” of St. Anthony of Padua, known for his legendary ability to use vocal timbres and histrionics in preaching. Thousands of devout pilgrims come to ... More


The Singing Teacher in the Age of Voice 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/9780195098259.003.0070
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers what a responsible voice teacher should be teaching in a scientific age. In principle, what a responsible voice teacher does in this scientific age is not appreciably different ... More


A Parable of the Foolish Baker

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/9780195098259.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the importance of “breath support” in singing by making an analogy to baking. It argues that, unless the singer learns to turn up “breath support”—the appropriate energy source ... More


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