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ISBN: 9781559346962 / 1559346965
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: NOV-96
Pages: 304

Copyright: 1997
Edition: 3
Format: Paperback
   
The Use and Training of the Human Voice: A Bio-Dynamic Approach to Vocal Life

Arthur Lessac


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About the book

This introductory text details Arthur Lessac’s proven procedures for understanding, training, and improving the voice and speech of the performer by exploring the varied qualities of the physical energies associated with producing sounds.
Key features

  • An extremely well known and respected author who has taught voice training for more than fifty years to a wide variety of students—from the Lincoln Center company in New York to athletes, clergy, and business people.
  • New material and techniques, developed over the past thirty years in Lessac’s annual nationwide workshops.
  • An organization that reflects a more logical flow of material and fosters a more organic understanding of the process of voice production.
  • A clearer, more actor-oriented, and more accessible text.
  • Illustrations that make it possible for students to see more clearly the aspects of the process they are studying.
  • Creative exercises as well as new classical and contemporary selections that provide increased practice opportunities for students.
  • Appendixes that provide information about other guides to pronunciation, including IPA, and anatomy as it pertains to voice production.
  • Information to help non-native speakers of English; see especially Chapter 8.

  • Table of contents


    Foreword by Frank Langella
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    PART I. SEEDING THE SOIL AND BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
    1. Theatre As a Laboratory
    2. Don’t Envy a Good Voice . . . You Have One!
    3. The Duality of Breathing and Posture
    4. The Energy of Relaxation: The Creative Art of Resting
    PART II. ORGANICALLY CULTIVATING THE BODY’S VOCAL NRG STATES
    5. The Dynamics of Consonant NRG: The Music of the Consonants
    6. The Dynamics of Tonal NRG: The Music of the Voice Itself
    7. The Dynamics of Structural NRG: The Music of the Vowels
    8. The Four Neutrals: The Musical Feel of Staccato and Syncopation in Speech
    PART III. REAPING WHAT WE SOW
    9. Exploring Creative Vocal Life: General Exploring and Discovering
    10. Exploring Creative Vocal Life: Specific Exploring and Discovering
    11. Exploiting Your Creative Vocal Life Onstage
    12. What about a Standard'
    APPENDICES
    Appendix A: A Comparative Guide to Pronunciation
    Appendix B: Some Related Comments
    Appendix C: Some Relevant Anatomical Illustrations
    Glossary

     

     

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