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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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“Simplicity” in Singing

“Simplicity” in Singing

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13 “Simplicity” in Singing
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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/9780195098259.003.0013

This chapter considers the notion that learning to sing is simple. It argues that students should view with skepticism the voice teacher who tries to assure them that singing is “quite a simple matter” and that one's principal attention should at once be directed to artistic and musical concepts. Ignoring the physical aspects of singing would be logical if the student were already perfectly coordinated; since such a student would indeed be a rarity, it is necessary for the teacher to explain the specifics of breath management and resonance balancing to every student. When someone claims to be a superior musician who cannot be bothered with teaching the basic techniques of the instrument, he or she is circumventing the need to put a singing voice into proper technical condition. Singing is a demanding performance art. Simplicity is possible only when performance has become “simplified” in its reliance on well-programmed technical foundations.

Keywords:   singing, simplicity, student, voice teacher, breath management, resonance balancing, singing voice, performance

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