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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195322657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195322651
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What a masterpiece! A world of information about our art, presented clearly and charmingly. It should be read and studied, not just by bass clef singers, but by all singing teachers and every one really interested in singing." --Dale Moore, Past President, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Professor of Music (Voice) Indiana University


"Richard Miller's Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices is unsurpassed in its clarity and logic in defining the lower male singing voices. His method based on Italianate School vocal development, and supported by scientific voice research, Miller leads you step by step through the vocal process of development, to the point of applying it to the creative process of interpreting vocal literature. He leaves no page unturned. Clearly, this is a singer's manual like no other and a must for emerging and performing artists-bravo!" ---Donald Bell-international baritone-Professor, the University of Calgary


"As with his other books, this is an essential text for serious students and teachers of the art of singing. Concentrating on the low male voice, it is thoroughly researched, clearly presented and accurate in its descriptions of efficient and beautiful voice production. It is the only significant text with this focus I have ever seen and it will be on my desk-for use by my students and myself-for the rest of my career." --David Small, Baritone, Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Texas, School of Music


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Richard Miller is Professor Emeritus of Singing at Oberlin Conservatory. A visionary force in the uniting of tradition and the acoustics of the singing voice, he is the author of many books on voice pedagogy, literature, and performance, including The Art of Singing (1996), Training Soprano Voices (2000), Singing Schumann (1999), and Solutions for Singers (2004).

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bassocantor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 16, 2008
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This is a great work by a great vocal scholar. I studied this book in detail, and found it to be most helpful in my vocal studies. Although I am just a novice singer, I found Professor Miller to be very readable. I did, however, have to spend extra time studying the physiology terms, with which I was unfamiliar.

I found it useful to outline the key points in each chapter. I am including these as they may prove useful to other readers. Additionally, I found it helpful to prepare my own glossary of terms. There is also an excellent glossary toward the end of the book.

As one example of the benefit I received from this book, I followed Prof Miller's suggestion to watch some of the great baritone performances of past days. I found Leonard Warren's Largo al factotum absolutely enchanting. In addition, I especially appreciated the chapters on the "passaggios."

In sum, truly a great book. I'm delighted I purchased this book. Not too hard a read, and very rewarding--even to a novice singer.

CHAPTER THEMES:

1 Overview of bass/baritone classifications

2 Onset must be precise

3 Strive for silent, smooth breath renewal

4 Poor chiaroscuro balance due to maladjusted lips, tongue, jaw, or pharynx
Tongue misplacement is common error
Using hum helps sense resonance balance

5 'Strive to achive a stable, even scale. This requires:
(1) Increased vocal energy (not volume)
(2) Vowel modification, or cover (It."copertura")
Vowel modification is gradual mouth opening beginning at primo passagio, with
more at the secundo passagio.

6 Singer must develop ear towards uniformity. There isn't any one rule for vowel modification.
Middle voice (about A>D) is critical passage.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2008
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Richard Miller has added yet another tome to his expanding library on the classically trained singing voice with "Securing Baritone, Bass-Baritone, and Bass Voices". This edition will have pride of prominence next to his other books on the singing instrument.
What makes this book unique is its focus on the lower male voice. The text offers exercises and repertoire for vocalization. The unique quality of this book stands in its writing. Miller has shed much of his elaborate writing style to create a book that is direct, easy-to-read, and completely accessible to both performers and teachers of singing. The layout follows his other books in the chapters on onset, breath management, resonance, agility, and messa di voce. He offers an additional chapter entitled, "Pedagogic Uses of the Falsetto" which entails exercises intended to release aggression in the passaggio and above. The musical examples are gleaned from the art song, oratorio, and operatic literatures and provide daily vocalization material for all levels of singers. One feature of this book is that it does not overwhelm the reader with copious amounts of exercises, but provides the basic starting point from which to grow. For example, there are not pages and pages of agility exercises, but just enough coupled with the rep suggestions to make a practical agility session.
Special emphasis on issues in the baritone voice such as covering take prominence, as well as breath management (explained quite beautifully for Miller).
In all, this is a highly recommended volume for singers and their teachers and will happily stand next to "Training Soprano Voices" and "Training Tenor Voices" as an important voice traning guide. Would it be too much to hope for a "Training Mezzo Voices" in the next several years?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dorbarn on April 5, 2008
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As a performer and voice teacher/coach, I find anything by Richard Miller to be helpful. Although by necessity there is always a good deal in his books that I already know, it is always put in such a catching way that it revives the memory and makes it easier to communicate to students. And then there are those details that I dont know... invaluable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Burdick on May 22, 2008
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Richard Miller, a master of vocal technique, has produced a volume for every baritone/bass and voice teacher's library. This is a balanced work: practical exercises and physiological and scientific data.
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Perfect summary of all I was taught about singing, and have found to work in practise. Very readable, very instructive, very enjoyable.
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