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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Drama Publishers; First Edition edition (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896760715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896760714
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bridget Bean, Grove Theatre Acting Studio on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is very hard to read. I don't mean the subject matter - that is dense and complicated, but I think well explained. In any case, anyone reading this book is going to be highly motivated to learn from it and willing to work at understanding the material. What I found insurmountably difficult, though, is the appallingly small, faint, irregular print (it looks like it was reproduced on a 1970's Xerox copier) and the HORRIBLE illustrations. Every time I pick up this book - and my magnifying glass - I know I am in for a difficult difficult time. Are there any plans for a nice clear reprint? I would definitely be interested in getting one.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Reading this book has helped me break away from the bad habits used in everyday speech in our society. It frees the body and soul along with the voice. The only thing better than reading this book and using the Linklater Technique is having Kristen teach you the technique herself. I was lucky enough to have that experience years after I bought the book.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am absolutely amazed with the progress I have made this semester in my Stage Voice class which utilizes the Linklater method. When I began her method two months ago, I had problems with articulation, projection, and breathing. In addition to that, my muscles in my throat had atrophied to the point that I was a AltoII in vocal range. However, with persistent work with her method, my vocal range is between SopranoII and AltoII, and I can project and articulate my words with no problem. Indeed, I am currently in a mainstage production at my school that demands I use a West Indies accent. Because I have learned to "free the voice" my performances have literally knocked my audience dead. People just can't believe the change! Run, don't walk to buy this book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mager (mattmager@hotmail.com) on September 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an amazing resource for those who are looking to become more self aware in terms of breath and vocal control. Many teachers incorporate some of Linklater's philosophy and method -- both found in this book -- into their particular teaching of acting method and self freeing vocalization. The drawings in the book may be a little difficult to get past, but this book is overall an incredible place to find ways of doing just what the title suggests.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
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This book is a perennial favorite of mine - I use it to support my teaching of voice and speech for the actor. Linklater method voice work, based on the work of Iris Warren, has helped to redefine the voice of American performers in the second half of the 20th century. Kristin Linklater's book helps the actor to clarify what is essential to their art, and communicate it vocally. Hu-humm-uh!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth B on February 7, 2005
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The techniques in this book are essential to actors, speakers, and singers alike. I am a classical singer with a Master's degree in voice and many years and varieties of voice teaching, learning and performance experience. Engaging Kirsten Linklater's techniques helped to "fill in the blanks" of my technique, and make vocal production (and breathing for speech and song) freer, less manipulated and more natural. It has proven itself time and again in application with my students of many genres as well. The basis of the Linklater technique in freeing and centering the voice is so simple that it's hard to trust -- but it works. I can imagine the book being difficult to digest without any previous vocal pedagogy and/or Linklater experience however.
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