The list author says: "Being a singer is just that - "being a singer." It is a way of life. For those who choose to immerse themselves in the art, reading about singing, singers and voice culture is a large part of the process. In fact, all great art is process. Artists must continue to grow and learn, or they risk stagnation. Here is a list of books that I have found particularly useful in keeping my teaching (and other creative skills) from stagnating. The list is ever-evolving. Makes sense."
"The resource for classical singers - and for others who want to share the eternal vocal wisdom of Lamperti. This book is almost like the voice teachers' "inside secret." We all have one tucked away, somewhere. The answers are in there."
"The "other" book that every singer should have and use. Vaccai or Vaccaj is the ultimate exercise/method book in the form of short songs. I first sang the Vaccai exercises 37 years ago. I didn't know what they were all about back then. Now I know! Understood, practiced and executed as they should be, these gems will help set a foundation technique upon which the singer can always rely."
"This book is near the top of my list because of the description of a voice lesson. Please read the preview pages and then consider picking up this book. Whenever you get "antsy" and want to throw in the training towel, remember that the training is the test as well as the token."
"One of the clearest and most concise books on singing, this volume is intended to train voice teachers about the art. This wonderful book includes a terrific glossary and nice illustrations. Some to-the-point voice science that is really helpful for creative types who may not easily relate to the science of singing."
"I admit it. I like this book. Phillips has included a lot of good, sound advice in these pages. While I may not agree with 100% of what she has written, I'm right there with her on a good portion of what she has to say. confession. I've had the book for some time, now, and I STILL haven't listened to the CD. Who knows what's on there! (Let me know.<g>)"
"OK. I had to include this one, because so many children are embarking on voice lessons at too tender an age. (Parents, please wait until they are some age with the word "teen" at the end of it.) I have used techniques in this book to help some of my teen and adult students with the basic principles of breathing and releasing a tone. A terrific resource for any classroom singing teacher."
"I like the more touchy-feely approaches to the art of singing. We need to learn to manage the voice through the understanding of scientific principles. And we also need to guide that knowledge and understanding with our inherent creative sensibilities, leanings and meanderings."
"You know what? If you can find this, get it. Read it. Inspirational. The 1960s and 1970s were pivotal times in classical vocalism and classical voice training in America. Looking back and having lived through it, I see it very clearly now."
"Accessible. Pop and Rock singers take note of what Jo Thompson says. Singing that requires pushing and screaming and vocal destruction is not fun - unless that's your idea of fun. Thompson lays out the truth about singing artistically, and singing in a user-friendly way. The reading is user-friendly, too."
"Get this if you can. It will help straighten you out on all of those differences in the training you've received. Dyed-in-the-wool ideas of tone production and breathing may be different in different parts of the world. Sometimes the difference in training is purely semantics. Sometimes the training really is different."
"If I'm not mistaken, this is just another rendering of the other book by Miller of a similar title. Not looking at my shelf, at the moment, I believe this is the one I have. See listing for "English, French, German and Italian Techniques of Singing: a study in national tonal preferences and how they relate to functional efficiency.""
"Don't miss learning from the original masters. Bel Canto has morphed and changed since the times of the Lamperti clan. But for those few who can leach out and apply the principles contained in The Technics of Bel Canto and Vocal Wisdom, we may retain some of the original beauty of the singing voice."
"Reid wrote a few books that all contained pretty much the same information. Good information. If you pick this one up, you don't need to search for the others - with the exception of A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology."
"If you can find this book, it is worth owning. When it was published, the Dictionary was ahead of its time. I picked this up in my youth. It helped me understand some terminology that I had heard tossed about, but hadn't felt brave enough to ask to have defined."
"There were the Lamperti father and son. And there were the Garcia father and son. Love or hate the Garcias. It matters not. If you are a serious student or teacher of the singing voice and the history of singing and bel canto, you need to read about these two and their methods."