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Chrys Page, voice coach and author has kindly provided permission for us to place excerpts from volume 1 of the e-book A Voice For a Lifetime in 30 Days online! This provides YOU with a unique opportunity - read the articles or buy the ebook which comes complete with audio samples!

A Voice For A Lifetime - Ebook for Singers - Click Here to Purchase Table of Contents
· Introduction
· Preface
· Relaxation
· Breathing
· Creating the Sound
· The Resonators
· Maintaining Quality
· Reviewing the Seven Deadly Sins
· Stage Presence
· A Final Word
· About the Author

Introduction

Welcome to Volume I of "The Complete Singer"! This volume, "A Voice For A Lifetime in 30 Days", is your guide to a flowing, fluid voice that will last for your entire lifetime. In later volumes, we will learn the art and skills of performance and musicianship that will make you "The Complete Singer", but for now, let’s take care of your most precious instrument, your voice!

Whether you are a beginning student of voice, or an accomplished performer, whether you have ever been diagnosed with severe vocal cord problems or just have occasional dry throat and hoarseness, this "at-home" study course will strengthen your voice, increase your endurance, enhance the natural resonance of your true voice, and teach your body to relax and allow the gift you have been given to flow from you into the world. This manual stands alone as a complete vocal strengthening course, or it may be used in conjunction with weekly vocal lessons if you are already studying with a teacher.

You will learn as you go through the workbook that some myths you’ve come to believe about the voice, aren’t really true at all. For instance, you may attribute the vocal "Earthquakes" and "warblers" heard in most church choirs on Sunday mornings to the age of the singer. In reality, that one’s vocal ability decreases with age is just one myth that has been perpetuated by classically oriented vocal maestros for decades. You will find, as you apply the techniques learned in these pages, that this is truly a myth, and it will be dispelled along with some others.

How many times have you heard the phrase, "resting the voice"? Many singers of the past and present have been known to cancel tours and go into seclusion for months while their voice "rested". Well, resting the voice is totally unnecessary. Like any muscle of the human body, when you stop using it, it gets flabby and ineffective. Once you learn to use the correct muscles of the body to produce your rich and resonant tones, you won’t want to or have to "rest" them. No indeed! Our motto in the studio is "Use it or lose it", and we are speaking of the voice, the human instrument.

Another myth we will shatter is the one about tone deafness. We do not believe in tone deafness at all. We believe that the human voice is an instrument, much like any other musical instrument, except that it’s God-made and not man-made. Finding where the notes are on the vocal instrument is the same as finding the notes on a clarinet or a violin. It takes practice!

And on the human instrument, there’s no keyboard to look at, or valves to push. It’s all done by feeling. But with repetition and dedication, anyone, yes anyone can sing.

A series of systematic exercises is provided to take each singer from the first steps of total body relaxation, to proper breathing, to the creation of your first vocal sounds, and finally the performance and the maintenance of the voice over the long run. In later volumes, we deal with confidence, projection, audition tips, musicianship, music biz savvy, the right connections and many other issues. We invite you to send for your copy of "The Complete Singer" and be on your way to making your dreams a reality! Our goal is a voice that will last for as long as you live, with little or no diminishing of quality, range or strength. It can be done!

Read an excerpt from Relaxation
Read an excerpt from Breathing
Read an excerpt from Creating The Sound
Read more about A Voice for a Lifetime and purchase online.



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