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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 Lonely Soccer Player

The Lonely Soccer Player

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(p.189) 60 The Lonely Soccer Player
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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/9780195098259.003.0060

This chapter focuses on singers who dream of bowing in acknowledgment before an audience that appreciates skillful vocalism, but are unwilling to undertake the drilling tasks that would ensure consistency in performance. Performance skills cannot be developed unless the singer, like the young soccer player, is willing to monitor performance. It is not enough to “have something to say” if the channels for saying it have not been established. Artistic insight and intuition cannot be realized if the technical tools for their expression are lacking. Singing, like soccer, requires the willingness to practice certain coordinations that will then become reflex actions. No singer can hope to exhibit artistry until the basic rules of the craft have been mastered. That craft is acquired only as part of a total discipline.

Keywords:   vocalism, performance, singer, singing, artistry

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