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Sing Anything: Mastering Vocal Styles (Volume 1) Paperback – July 21, 2012
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Lisa Popeil is one of America's foremost singing experts and has an international reputation as an innovator in the technique and pedagogy of vocal styles. She holds a Master's Degree in Voice from California Institute of the Arts and has taught professionally for over 35 years. Beginning with piano lessons at age 4 and voice training at 6, Lisa has sung in every style including: opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and country and her voice has been featured on commercials, television and film. In 2006, she received the LA Music Award for 'Career Achievement in Vocal Instruction'. Lisa has appeared on 'LA Ink', 'Home & Family Show', 'Idol Tonight' and 'Starting Over', 'Biography' and Fox News, over 40 radio programs and featured in magazines including Music Connection, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Karaoke Scene, Singer & Musician and Journal of Singing. She presents workshops and research papers at prestigious voice conferences around the world as an authority on belting and commercial vocal styles. Ms. Popeil is contributing to the upcoming 'Oxford Handbook of Singing' and 'Oxford Handbook of Music Education'. Gina Latimerlo is a born teacher with a Masters in Teaching Music. She also has Bachelors degrees in the fields of Music, Theatre, and English, as well as credentials to teach in all three subjects. Always wanting to know more so that she can teach more, she has trained with the best in voice, musical theatre, opera, jazz, pop, and drama in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. Gina has been teaching and directing all ages since 1995 with experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as at the collegiate and local theatre level. Gina has been thoroughly enjoying instructing voice through private lessons in her Latimerlo Studio since 1998 and has a highly sucessful clientele. Her students, have, in addition to local successes, signed with agents and record labels, gone to top-notch popular music conservatories and theatre programs, and have performed on Broadway and in touring companies. Additionally, Gina's studio has voice instructors teaching in just about every corner of the San Francisco Bay Area. With teachers in the East Bay, South Bay, Napa, Marin, and the Peninsula, the Latimerlo Studio is training the next generation of singers with expertise and enthusiasm!
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♦ Great illustrations that really add to the book's content. The "posture" illustration is great!
♦ Suggestions of great singers to listen to. (The fact they listed the wonderful baritone Thomas Hampson gave them an extra star right there.)
♦ Introductory section that explains the body parts relevant to singing. Check out that illustration of the jaw/larynx/trachea! However, my favorite illustration is the sketch of the long-necked man, showing the larynx position at different levels. And I thought I had a long neck!
♦ A really innovative part was the photos showing the facial expression for different singing styles. For example, in the "Classical Style" there are photos of the "fish face" and "inside smile." And I liked the "Molar Mouth" of theater style singing. I have never seen a singing book show the expressions like this. Really a nice touch!
♦ Bonus section on achieving different resonance using different mouth/face shapes, as well as an explanation of the vocal folds.
♦ Helpful "Definitions" section at end of book.
>> Special Feature: This is one of the great things about this book. The book gives a username and password for the SINGANYTHING.COM web site. I found that it worked well with Internet Explorer (IE), but not Firefox. I tried the sample username/password, and was able to log in without any problem.
♦ Once you get signed into their web site, there are fun exercises and audio samples. The book would not be nearly as good without this extra feature.
♦ I tried listening to some of the sample audio files. In the "Exercises" section, I listened to the "Sh Pattern." Each of the audio files was of good quality, and nicely done. I also listened to "Whenever Night Has Come" Is that the author singing? Whoa! Very nice voice!
♦ The Table of Contents could use links, so that when clicked, it takes the reader to the section titled.
♦ I suspect beginning male singers will have trouble with the resonance sections. Many male low-voiced singers never learn the head voice, so the feelings of resonance will never progress out of the chest voice. (See, for instance, the great classic by D.A. Clippinger, where he notes how difficult it is for low-voiced singers to progress out of chest voice: The Head Voice and Other Problems Practical Talks on Singing.
√ All in all, SING ANYTHING is a really fun and interesting read. Don't forget to use the provided username to access the sample tracks on the web site. And don't miss the author's "Yodel" track. It's a hoot! Highly recommend this fun and creative book!
[Note: I do not know the authors, and no one contacted me to write a good review. Remember, I thought this book was going to be terrible.]
Many of my students come in wanting to sing a variety of vocal styles. This book does a great job of coordinating and explaining how to achieve those styles. It's a great addition to add to my teaching toolbox!