THE SINGLE BEST TOOL EVERY SINGER NEEDS TO BUILD, IMPROVE, AND GROW THEIR VOICE.
Beyond any other art form, singing is the most personal and expressive way for people to reach out to each other. Whether for professional goals of entertaining, healing or activism, or more personal goals like sharing music with family, friends, and community, singing is the human gift we cannot live without.
Singing 101: Vocal Basics and Fundamental Singing Skills for All Styles and Abilities is the fastest way to increase singing abilities. It empowers singers with knowledge and practical application through exercises and techniques. Nancy Bos, a vocologist with decades of experience working with all ages of singers, provides easy-to-understand explanations of technical concepts, with tips for practical application.
Singing 101 includes chapters on breath, body alignment, tension, resonance, style, and voice classifications. THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION CONTAINS OVER 30 MINUTES OF BONUS VOCAL WORKOUT MUSIC AND INSTRUCTION and extensive examples for the listener/singer to sing with.
You’ll learn: · Why thoughtful understanding of the body helps you sing better
· Strategic thinking about tackling a song
· How to work on your vocal strength and agility with a few key exercises each day
· How to balance technique with stage presence
· Exercises that grow the skills of a modern singer
· Get in on the wisdom of centuries of teachers with tried and true exercises set to music that will appeal to today’s singer.
Nancy Bos is a voice teacher and singer with over two decades of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. She is a coach and consultant working with high profile singers and studios, guiding them into some of the best singing they’ve ever done. In Singing 101, she has gathered vocal wisdom learned through generations of voice teachers sharing their successful strategies, as well as contributions from modern science, in a collection of advice and exercises for the modern singer.
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Interesting and well executed :)
This audiobook was much more interesting and informative than I initially thought it would be. It's short in length but packed full of helpful information and exercises to improve one's vocal abilities.
The narration was absolutely excellent. I suppose that's to be expected, given the author's background and training, but Nancy Bos' voice suited the content of this audiobook perfectly. She has a good teacher's voice!
There were vocal exercises, of course, but what added value for me was the explanation of how our voices are affected by fundamental things like breathing and posture. She did a good job of describing postures and breathing as I started each exercise, with good examples/descriptions/analogies to help ensure that I was doing the exercise correctly. I suppose that audiobooks can be tricky that way for this subject area -- we don't have any diagrams to visualize like a reader of a printed book would have. So instead, we need to rely on the narrator to get us to where we need to be for each exercise. I feel that Nancy did a great job with that, with her encouragement, and with teaching us the exercises but coaching us through them.
I also enjoyed hearing her talk about the vocabulary and the practice of singing. As a young person, many many years ago, I took music instrument lessons so I'm generally familiar with music terminology (e.g., staccato, legato); however, I was never quite clear about things like voice classifications in popular music versus classical music. And I'm always interested in hearing what vocal teachers have to say about pop singers. As we already suspect, some pop singers are better vocalists than others -- Nancy helps us understand these differences.
So, for an audiobook that is relatively short in terms of total duration, I think that it's absolutely well worth the investment. I have lots and lots of audiobooks in my listening library on my iPod and this is one that I won't be archiving in the near future. I'm not planning to audition for a musical, but I would like my significant other to stop cringing when I sing along to the radio. I think Nancy's audiobook can help with that ;)
This review is my personal opinion and was provided in exchange for a copy of the audibook.
- Christine Newton
Right on the Mark
The pure joy of singing comes out in every lesson. Nancy does a very professional job.
- Susan Bos