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Discover Your Voice: How to Develop Healthy Voice Habits Paperback – May 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1565937048 ISBN-10: 156593704X Edition: 1st

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"(A) vibrant addition to voice therapy....The activities move from general vocal warm-ups, which would be a fresh source of home practice activities for any voice patient, to very specific singing activities. The recording is well done and pleasant to follow." - ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

"If you need any further encouragement to admire this wise and knowledgeable book, you will find it in the accompanying CD, on which one female and one male singer demonstrate all the given exercies." - Singing

"Oren L. Brown presents a synthesis of a lifetime of practical experience. His ideas and techniques provide information and insights for singers and teachers in areas ranging fromn proper breathing and posture to harm caused to the voice by alcohol and tabacco." - Teaching Music

"(A) fundamentally sound approach with ideas that are based on clinical and scientific evidence and whose validity has been thoroughly and convincingly tested...It would prove to be of considerable value in both classroom and studio." - Journal Of Singing

"(T)here is an excellent summary of Voice Problems and Therapy...it would make an excellent present to give to the voice therapist." - ENT News

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156593704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565937048
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Great simple exercises can reveal so much, and in that respect it is a fantastic book.
langelo68
What I really love is the way the author has such a deep respect and regard and fascination for the human voice.
Frances
The book is a clear, lucid, and convincing distillation of Mr. Brown's wisdom and expertise.
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132 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Frances on October 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book may look and seem small, but it is enormous inside. I have studied voice for years, as a hobby, and have had coaching and instruction from numerous vocal teachers and choir directors. I'm a stay-at-home-mom who has found myself in the position of not being able to study with a teacher for a while. Yet I wanted to continue to grow as a singer. I thought I might be at the point where I could do some self-study until the day when I could return to my lessons, and came online to find a book that might assist me with this. There were so many titles and authors on singing at Amazon.com. What to choose!
When this book by Oren L. Brown showed up on my recommendations list, I eagerly read the description of it: Professor at Juilliard, hmmmm, that sounds good. It comes with a CD!! Wow, this might be just what I want. ... Eeek, that sounds like a lot, but I just have a hunch this is just what I'm looking for.
I feel very strongly that this was the best [money] I have ever spent. From the very first page, I was learning, learning. The book was jam-packed with valuable information that synthesized all the fragments of learning about the voice that had accumulated with me through the years. Some of my singing teachers, God Bless their souls, had exercised me and arpeggioed me but never had been quite clear what the heck they were doing. My voice seemed to grow and get better, and my understanding about how to use it seemed to improve, but the whole teaching and learning process seemed so mysterious. Maybe in taking the time to explain what was happening, physically and scientifically, it would have taken away from the exercising of my voice and no one could spend that instruction time.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Carl Rogers on July 27, 2002
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This is quite possibly the best book on the singing voice that I have ever encountered. I say this in light of the fact that I have taught voice for over thirty years, both privately and at the university level. The book is a clear, lucid, and convincing distillation of Mr. Brown's wisdom and expertise. I recommend it to anyone looking for an authoritative and trustworthy approach to singing.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2000
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Excellent book for any singer at any level. The techniques described in the book are based on the author's many years of experience in teaching singing at The Julliard School and in the field of voice therapy. The CD included the book fully illustrate proven methods of vocalization. If vocal control, agility, strength, stamina, and health are of importance, I highly recommend this work.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dominique Gizelle on November 1, 2005
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Wow, I really like this book! As a voice teacher and vocal coach of popular music, students frequently come to me with damaged voices in need of repair. Reading Mr. Brown's stories, I knew I found an author who shared my dedication to healthy singing. Orin L. Brown's warm and direct writing style conveys his true passion for healthy vocal use and his desire to share his great knowledge with both vocalists and teachers. This book is filled with descriptive stories that tell the tales of Mr. Brown's experiences with, discoveries of and solutions for ailing vocal students.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By anon-new-yorker on January 19, 2007
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Mr. Brown has written a powerfully informative book about all aspects of the voice. His book provides many interesting case studies, is very enjoyable to read, and includes factoids like "the Western and European singing style uses a low larynx." My one gripe is that the CD is not usable as a practice aid. Every exercise is demonstrated so briefly that you won't get a warm-up at all after singing along. If you don't have a piano, and you want to practice vocalizing at home with a piano recorded on a CD and exercises that methodically start on consecutive pitches, try the Jeffrey Allen book/CD set. That set includes techniques such as messa di voce, also demonstrated (more briefly) in Mr. Brown's CD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Violet on April 3, 2006
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I have been wanting to teach myself to sing for several years, since I can't afford voice lessons, and have tried several books on the subject. This one is by far the best. I first tried books by William Vennard and Richard Miller and found that they were meant for advanced students, not beginners. There are other books for beginners, but they aren't usually meant for classical singing, more for pop (and I find that the authors don't really seem to have much of an understanding of the human voice). I don't know how he does it, but Brown manages to make normally difficult concepts easy to understand. Part of that is because of the CD that comes with it. It helps give a better understanding of what he's trying to explain. I would highly recommend this book for anyone trying to learn how to sing classically.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Kauber on October 14, 2007
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While the title makes it seem as if the book is some kind of vocal therapy book for medical patients, singers rejoice, this is a thorough manual on the art and mechanics of singing.

While I would never encourage a serious singing student to learn from just a book, if you just can't afford a singing teacher, this is the book to buy! Of course, it may not catch your eye immediately. It doesn't promise you vocal prowess in just 10 easy steps. It doesn't claim to be a revolutionary new method and it does not bask in its own ill-conceived glory like so many other books out there. It is simply a book of time tested foundational knowledge on the instrument of voice.

Each chapter is concise and is backed up by many references, examples and excercises. It is beautifully written and covers all aspects of voice from breathing and posture, to what it takes to be a proffesional singer. There was not one moment in reading the book that I felt like this might have been teaching me incompletley or incorrectly.

It is expensive, but you do not expect to spend 20 dollars for a master class with Pavarotti. Likewise, do not waist 20 bucks for the self proclaiming and inferior vocal instruction books out there. Oren L. Brown knows what he is doing and knows how to articulate it. This book is a culmination of so much knowledge on voice production that I am quite certain that it will improve any broken voice seeking to be fixed.
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