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The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing [Kindle Edition]

W. Stephen Smith , Michael Chipman

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For the person delving into comparative pedagogies of the twenty-first century this book is interesting and has much to offer... Dr Karen Sell, Singing


In The Naked Voice, W. Stephen Smith invites all singers to improve their vocal technique through his renowned and time-tested wholistic method. Focusing not only on the most important technical, but also on the often overlooked psychological and spiritual elements of learning to sing, his book allows readers to develop their own full and individual identities as singers. With philosophies and techniques drawn from a lifetime of teaching voice, Smith demonstrates how one can reveal the true unique sound of one's own voice by singing with the whole self. The master's method, presented in concrete and comprehensible terms with helpful illustrations, is enhanced by a companion website containing exercises performed by singers from Smith's own studio-singers whose talent and training bring them across the country and around the world. The clear and easy style of The Naked Voice welcomes the reader into Smith's teaching studio, and into conversation with Smith himself as he presents the six simple and elegant exercises that form the core of his method. These exercises provide a foundation for free singing, and lead singers through the step-by-step process of mastering the technique. Throughout, Smith speaks sympathetically and encouragingly to the singer in search of an unencumbered and effective approach to the art. The Naked Voice is a must-read for all singers, giving teachers and students, amateurs and professionals, access to the methods and concepts that have earned Smith his reputation as one of the most highly-sought-after vocal instructors in the international arena today.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 927 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 222 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press (19. Februar 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005254HAC
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A simple, clear and truly excellent book on singing 7. November 2007
Von Leo Della Rocca - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have bought MANY books on singing. There are so many out there, and most of them will confuse you or only explain the technical side of singing and the terminology. Here we have a very practical and clear, and most importantly, CORRECT explanation of how to sing. I must admit that I am a professional singer and I have studied singing for many years, so my preparation isn't the same as every potential reader of this book. As well, after a troublesome period of vocal problems, and not knowing who to turn to, this book cleared my mind of all the fog and set me on the right path again. Vocal technique is essentially a simple matter, but putting it into practice isn't always so, unless you are one of those fortunate people who got on the right track right away and you have an excellent ear. I have had various voice teachers and the many books I have read on singing have, I must admit, just confused me even more. This is why I praise this book so highly: the writing is clear and the exercises are simple and, most importantly, the singing technique described is for HEALTHY singing. It has truly helped me so much! And to complete the package there is a very helpful CD with various voices performing the exercises explained in the book. It doesn't get any better than this. The author is also a voice teacher at the prestigious Julliard School, and he has taught some important exponents of opera today. What more can I say? Buy the book, if what I have described matches what you're looking for. You'll be happy you did! In bocca al lupo!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Back to basics 14. September 2009
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Mr. Smith has an unorthodox approach to singing. Most singers start with some talent, and get "tweaked" til they are great or fizzle out (most of them). The problem is that the tweaking often masks an underlying problem in the technique which must be corrected, or it will continue to plague the singer. The Naked Voice suggests that the singer must re-examine how he/she approaches the voice- essentially as a speaker. Working from the basic element of phonation and natural speech, Mr. Smith guides the reader thru his philosophy of "Wholistic" singing in the way a wholistic medicine practitioner might set about "curing" a patient. As we often treat the symptoms of a problem (gas is the problem, not exhaustion or worry) rather than the problem itself, we tend to use tricks or bandaids to adjust a flat note here or a tight pitch there. He goes "back to basics" by asking the reader to realize singing is an extended form of speaking- to communicate thoughts and emotions to others, not a series of sounds created like an oil painting, prepared to be "viewed" on stage as in a gallery.
The book also provides career advice for the younger singer. A great read for beginners and advanced.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simple, clear, brilliant book on singing 16. Juli 2009
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I am a singer and voice teacher. I have studied functional singing for several years, and am always reading something new on vocal pedagogy. This book hit me between the eyes over and over. It introduced me to some new concepts as well as explaining old concepts in concise and comprehensible ways. One important concept, which I will paraphrase: "Voice science tells us what happens in good singing, but it doesn't tell us what we must DO to make it happen." I have read many books ABOUT singing technique in a scientific sense, but very few that address what a singer must DO with any kind of clarity. I don't think anyone can learn how to sing with a book and CD, but for advanced singers and teachers, this publication can give new ideas to supplement one's knowledge and practices. It points to possible new ways of thinking about the elements of vocal technique. I like the wholistic approach as a counterpart to the narrower scope offered by such functional pedagogues such as Cornelius Reid, or the analytical scientist-observer view by such writers as Richard Miller. The writing is clear and simple, which one cannot say of the works of Reid and Miller. The sections of the book dealing with career, testimonies from students of his approach, and the definition of "success" are very enjoyable as well. He has students at all levels of the singing world, from church to the Met, so his take on success is especially interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best voice advice ever 23. November 2008
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I studied singing with Steve Smith, the author of "The Naked Voice," for eight years, while working on my doctorate in voice. I still will fly to New York for lessons where he teaches at the Juilliard School. Steve is hands-down the best voice teacher I have ever had, and his teaching enabled me to have a successful career as a classical singer, and as a voice teacher. His teaching is clear, direct, methodical, down-to-earth, and yes, wholistic. Steve' approach just works, as any of his many, many students are are making successful careers in opera will demonstrate. I don't know anyone who has not been delighted with Steve's voice advice.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Caveat Emptor 13. April 2010
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I have the same criticism that I have of all singing courses which purport to teach without a live teacher, namely, it cannot be done.

The reason why this cannot be done is very simple, namely, a singer cannot hear himself the way other people can. That is because the singer is hearing his voice from inside his own body, whereas other people hear his voice from outside the singer's body. This is why many people are so shocked when they hear a recording of their voice, whether spoken or sung - many people say, "I don't sound like that!" But others who hear those people regularly, say, "Of course you do - that is exactly the way you sound." Most non-singers and even many singers are completely unaware of this important fact, which is why so many people make such complete fools of themselves on programmes such as American Idol, etc. These singers are convinced that they have wonderful voices, and are shocked when the judges tell them that they cannot sing.

But, not being able to hear ourselves the way others hear us, is only one component of the problem - it is rather more complex than just the physical limitation - there is also the mental component. Let's assume the singer is able, via a very good quality recording, to hear what he sounds like to other people - he will still not be able to learn without a live, expert tutor. Here's why:
Due to human nature, our mental picture of ourselves, clouds our judgement to a very great extent, causing some people who sound really bad, to convince themselves that they sound wonderful, while causing others who sound really good, to convince themselves that they sound awful. So, even if a student does hear himself via a very good quality recording, because of his psychological make-up, the way he interprets what he hears is very likely to be highly inaccurate.

But the situation is even more complex than that:
Even if you could hear yourself the way other people hear you, you do not have the trained ear to hear what you are doing wrong, neither the expert knowledge to know how to correct what you are doing wrong in order to stop doing it wrongly and start doing it correctly - if you did, you would not need to be taking lessons.

You could listen to the recorded instructions from an expert tutor, and then do as the expert instructs - the problem is, that because you cannot hear yourself, you have no idea whether or not the sounds you are projecting sound remotely like those on the recording. Furthermore, you also have no idea whether or not the technique which you are employing is like the technique demonstrated by the expert. You need a highly skilled expert to both listen to what you are doing, and observe what you are doing - you could be sounding right, but you might be developing a habit of tightening certain muscle groups, such as the jaw, tongue, neck face, shoulders, etc. which are not conducive to good singing, and which could develop into incorrect habits which are later very difficult to remove.

Then too, whereas a set of recorded instructions is fixed and rigid, a tutor has to be flexible and his lessons have to be dynamic, because every person performs differently from day to day, and the lessons have to be adapted to what is happening in real time. A skilled tutor will notice something undesirable which has crept in to the student's technique since the previous lesson, and will immediately introduce a specific exercise to rectify this situation. And, as the student's technical abilities progress, so the expert tutor changes the lessons to keep pace with this growth. As the student's voice grows in strength and range, so the expert tutor changes the lessons and the material to keep pace with these changes. Without a real-time, live expert tutor, the student could spend years learning very destructive habits, all the while thinking that he is following the recorded instructions faithfully. Then, as time goes on, the student starts developing various vocal problems, which become ingrained habits and extremely difficult to remedy.

The reality of the situation is that really good singing tutors are very scarce. This is because such a tutor requires talents to be able to hear the most subtle of differences in the vocal sound, then the talent to interpret what those difference mean technique wise - in other words, exactly what the singer is doing with the various parts of his physical body, the talent to recommend the correct vocal exercises to correct such flaws in technique, plus the talent to convey these instructions in a constructive manner - not all people can teach, no matter how qualified they may be - teaching requires a special talent. Then, even with the requisite talent, such a tutor requires many, many years of training.

I am not implying that the author is not highly talented, highly trained and an excellent tutor - from the comments of those who have been privileged to have lessons with him, it sounds as if he is an excellent vocal tutor. My comments are regarding his book.
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