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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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The Aging Singer

The Aging Singer

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(p.202) 65 The Aging Singer
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On the Art of Singing
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Richard Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0065

This chapter focuses on the professional singer who is growing older and how he or she can continue singing. The professional singer is not the normal voice user. Like all athletic prowess, the vocal skills of the professional singer will have been highly developed, honed, and maintained. Based on average predictable trends in behavior patterns for the aging voice, there is a certain expectation of diminution of vocal condition from at least the fiftieth year onward. The aging singer often has a problem that is more psychological than physiological. There may not be the same sheen on the singing voice; there may be the loss of a few notes at the top of the range or at the very bottom; but if the voice is kept functioning, its rate of physical deterioration will be retarded. It must be kept in good shape by doing daily series of systematic vocalises, including onsets, agility patterns, vowel-defining exercises, sostenuto, resonance balancing, and range extension vocalises. An aging singer should not quit; he or she should keep going, although not necessarily publicly.

Keywords:   professional singer, singing, singing voice, vocal skills, aging voice, aging singer, vocalises

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