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Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language Paperback – October 17, 2006
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Not only is Linklater's work imagistically strong and physically clear, but the thoughtful and careful way she approaches "release" seems a metaphor that extends well beyond the borders of the voice. It has inspired me in all facets of my artistic work. Wonderful, insightful, highly recommended.
While nothing can substitute for learning this discipline from a qualified teacher, this book serves as an excellent road guide and reminder/refresher for the serious student or teacher.
As a professional linguist I can also vouch for the sound scientific grounding and accuracy of the discussion of the vocal process, which is all too often either lacking from dramatic voice work or else is so detailed that the student gets mired in anatomical minutiae and loses sight of the practical goal. Linklater ingeniously balances the science and art of voice in this improved classic.
And when the book cover says expanded, it isn't kidding. Many warm-ups have been extended with additional exercises, and one useful feature is the commentaries at the end of exercises, which manage to put the exercises into a real world perspective that makes easy sense.
This book's language never gets caught up in intellectual logic. Instead, the text is so well laid out that exercises move from explanation to actual practice, and then to the next exercise before you realize it. The text is a definite improvement from the 1st edition, and that says a lot considering that when it first came out in the 70s, Freeing the Natural Voice became a staple in the voice acting industry and in many American acting curriculums.
When read, the text feels like Kristin is there having a conversation with you, and that is impressive considering that it is an exercise book, though so much more than that. It should be used as a helpful reminder and refresher for every instructor and student of acting (not just voice), as I myself intend to refer back to it on a regular basis.
Another thing that should be said that the text and exercises make the whole warm-up purpose simple by breaking down the body-emotion-voice connection to its most basic level.Read more ›
find this new edition invaluable for students of all levels. It is complete, available and thorough. After working with many different books on voice, this book is the one I keep coming back to. My students love it.
The exercises are specific and continually return the student to the purpose of developing their voice- communication and the revelation of thought and feeling.
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I'm an amatuer voice actor, it started when I did southern accents just to entertain myself. I've mastered others since then and I got it for a class I took @ Fullerton College. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Johny D
So happy this is still available!! this is THE BEST BOOK FOR VOCALISTS!! I first used it way back in the early 80's when i was in music school majoring in voice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Easily one of the best books on opening up your voice and freeing it in the healthiest and most efficient way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BSTIMELESS
This book was required reading for my Linklater voice class. It is far superior to the first edition, and well worth shelling out for the second.Published 7 months ago by Jessica S.
Truly astonishing book. Brilliantly written and thought through.Published 10 months ago by Professor Davenport
literally one of the worst books I have ever read. The author is so full of themselves and the entire book is pretentious and unhelpful.Published 13 months ago by amber lee gochoel
Ordered this for my public speaking class and it teaches you techniques that you never knew when you are public speaking. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Justin J.