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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793502861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793502868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a "must have" for all singers.
Virginia Norwood
I have read close to 100 books on the subject of the voice, covering topics such as; vocal instruction, vocal anatomy, voice psychology, breath technique etc.
Jaime Vendera
Once you get past that you can start reversing the negative thoughts about your singing and you will quickly improve like I did.
Austin

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pedro G. Weiner on February 16, 2005
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Mark Baxter through this and his other published material has not only changed my singing, but also my life. The problem with people who want to sing better is that they are IMPATIENT... impatience will only make the wrong group of muscles stronger. His approach is simple... in order to learn to sing better you need to vocalize, not sing. You need to vocalize around the sounds that feel loose and free and then challenge yourself a little more... if you crack, DON'T PUSH more air and make yourself hurt... as opposed to control, that is lack of control and nothing else. Mark's approcah isn't classical, and it really isn't about "special" exercises that turn you into a great singer in minutes... they're all about simplicity. Let your voice crack when you vocalize, adjust the air pressure, you might be pushing the air or using too little of it. Find the BALANCE between the amount of air coming from your lungs (and being regulated by your diagphragm) and the amount of resistance your vocal cords are putting up. It's really that simple! We singers make it harder either because we are insecure or underdeveloped. PATIENCE and HARD WORK is what achieving control over the voice takes! It's not about how loud you can blast, it's about how much dynamic control you have over your voice. Do not raise your larynx, you are using muscles that you do NOT need to be using. The idea, ESPECIALLY in rock music is to use THE LEAST amount of muscles it takes! If you're using your neck to control a pitch you're unnecesarily sacrificing your ability to RELEASE your voice. If you don't trust your voice (which you develop through training) it is unlikely that others would. Even if you're pushing it harder than you should, which will limit your abilities more than you could ever imagine. BUY THIS BOOK!Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Nahmani on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book 2 years ago and thought it was great. Now I'm just reading it again, and I realise how much more than just "great" that book is. It is a necessity!!! Just get it, NOW!
It's not just another book full of scale exercises. This one goes much deeper into yourself, with that overall concept that a singer is both a musician and its instrument, all in one. And it really helps understanding the instrument better: how your body is going to react to what your mental state is, what you eat, what drugs you do...
Then it also explains how to get rid of all the muscle activity that comes with singing that you DON'T need. So it kinda goes from the principles that everything is already inside you, you just add to many tensions to it making it difficult. Mark is really good at helping you isolate and focus on the simple muscles you'll need to sing, and develop those while getting rid of everything else you do that prevents your voice from going out unaltered......
Another thing I love with that book is that instead of finding yourself practicing hundreds of various scales exercises, but instead you'll know precisely why you're doing a particular exercise, and what it's developing in your body. That makes the whole exercise much more valuable!!!
Get it, read it, and practice. And in two years, read it again. You'll understand how necessary reading material it is for any rock singer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Vendera VINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read close to 100 books on the subject of the voice, covering topics such as; vocal instruction, vocal anatomy, voice psychology, breath technique etc. I have read books on singing that have dated as far back as the 1890's. The Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Manual was the very 1st book that I actually ever sat down and read on the subject of voice, realting to rock vocals, and to this day, remains one of my favorites. Author Mark Baxter presents an easy to understand guide to the art of rock singing. He has taught many professional singers such as; Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and Steve Augeri of Journey. Following is the story about how I discovered this wonderful book:

In the beginning of my vocal career, I sought out the expertise of an older woman who had taught voice for over 30 years. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't rock vocals she was teaching, so that experience didn't make it past 2 weeks. I'll never forget her face when I let out one of my metal screams. She said, " Oh dear, young man, you are going to ruin your voice"! So, I bid her farewell.

Lucky for me, I stumbled across the path of The Rock-n-Roll Singer's Survival Manual when I went to visit a friend of mine that I hadn't seen in a couple of years. He let me borrow it for the night. I stayed up all night reading it. I knew very little about vocal anatomy and correct vocal technique. Mark's book covered these subjects fairly well. Not only did Mark explain how to use the voice, but he also explained the principles of why the voice works the way it does.

Before I read The Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Manual, I knew about the falsetto and diaphragmatic breathing, but never really understood the purpose of falsetto and diaphragmatic breathing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By commontone on November 25, 2001
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This book is excellent for offering a clear and concise explanation of the physiological process of singing--everything from the state of the body before the first breath is taken, to breathing, to exhale and how the oral cavity affects sound. The presumption is that understanding the anatomy and physical processes involved will help a singer improve their voice. There are also a number of exercises intended to de-program destructive habits to singing and program constructive ones. Also addressed is how our environments affect singing: food, drugs, everything. While Mark Baxter wouldn't do too well in an English class (where the heck was the editor for this one, anyway?) this book seems like a great source of valuable info that many singers unfortunately never attempt to learn.
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