• Hughie Gavin

Reading List (Volume 1)

There is a lot of noise out there about various styles of vocal coaching, from traditional Bel Canto technique through to a more natural and holistic approach. It can sometimes be difficult to work out who to listen to. This wealth of available opinion can be more harmful and hinder vocal progress especially at a developmental stage. It is all too easy to become overwhelmed and the voice can become like an overworked painting. With this in mind I'll be sharing some of the books I have found interesting and that have assisted me in defining what singing is, how singing works, and how proper singing technique is accomplished.

I have worked quite a lot with theatre companies and actors. Teaching the same principles in vocal production that are so important in all live performance. 'Your Body, Your Voice' by Theodore Dimon has been very helpful in this regard. This book makes it clear that the vocal process is a 'complete system'. Debunking some technical advice that is heavily weighted to specific areas of the voice. It also gives a great overview of the vocal process. It's definitely worth reading to gain a greater understanding of the physical process and anatomy of the working voice.

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