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Music notation in this ebook is rendered using scientific pitch notation, in which, for example, middle C is rendered as C4, C below middle C is rendered as C3, and C above middle C is rendered as C5, etc. For more information on this notation method, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific pitch notation

THE VOICE

Its Production, Care and Preservation

By FRANK E. MILLER, M. D.

With a Note by GUSTAV KOBBÉ

SIXTH EDITION

NEW YORK: G. SCHIRMER BOSTON: BOSTON MUSIC CO.

COPYRIGHT, 1910 BY G. SCHIRMER

NOTE

Dr. Frank E. Miller, the author of this book, is one of the leading New York specialists on throat, nose and ear. He numbers many singers among his patients and is physician to the Manhattan Opera House, Mr. Oscar Hammerstein's company.

To expert knowledge of the physiology of the vocal organs he adds practical experience as a vocalist. Before and during his student years he was a singer and held, among other positions, that of tenor in one of the large New York churches. This experience has been of great value to him in his practice among singers. He understands them temperamentally as well as physically. Moreover, it has led him, in writing this book, to consider questions of temperament as well as principles of physiology. Great as is the importance that he attaches to a correct physiological method of voice production, he makes full allowance for what may be called the psychological factors involved therein mentality, artistic temperament, correct concept on the part of the singer of the pitch and quality of the tone to be produced, etc.

Above all, Dr. Miller, while convinced that the tones of the vocal scale require, for their correct emission, subtly corresponding changes of adjustment in the vocal organs, utterly rejects anything like a deliberate or conscious attempt on the singer's part to bring about these adjustments. He holds that they should occur automatically (or subconsciously) as the result, in very rare instances, of supreme natural gifts, in others as a spontaneous sequence to properly developed artistry.

In fact, while based on accurate scientific knowledge, Dr. Miller's book also is the outcome of long observation and experience, so that it might well be entitled "The Common Sense of Singing."

GUSTAV KOBBÉ.

CONTENTS

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NOTE v

CHAPTER I. A RATIONAL VOCAL METHOD 1

CHAPTER II. THE CHOICE OF A TEACHER 15

CHAPTER III. ON BREATHING: INSPIRATION 27

CHAPTER IV. ON BREATHING: EXPIRATION 49

CHAPTER V. THE PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF VOICE PRODUCTION 67

CHAPTER VI. PITCH AND SYMPATHETIC VIBRATION 89

CHAPTER VII. REGISTERS OF THE VOICE 103

CHAPTER VIII. SUBDIVISIONS OF THE VOICE 117

CHAPTER IX. THE STROKE OF THE GLOTTIS 132

CHAPTER X. HYGIENE OF THE VOICE 147

CHAPTER XI. MORE VOCAL HYGIENE 169

CHAPTER XII. NODES AND THEIR CURE 182

[Illustration: FIG. 1. THE THROAT AND ADJOINING STRUCTURES

1, Larynx. 2, Epiglottis. 3, Lower Pharynx. 4, Lips. 5, Teeth. 6, Tongue. 7, Mouth (Oral Cavity). 8, Uvula and Soft Palate. 9, Hard Palate. 10, Upper Pharynx. 11, Nasal Cavities. 12, Nose.

A, Arytenoid Cartilage. C, Cricoid Cartilage. T, Thyroid Cartilage. W, Windpipe. X, Adam's Apple.]

CHAPTER I

A RATIONAL VOCAL METHOD

Song, so far as voice production is concerned, is the result of physiological action, and as voice production is the basis of all song, it follows that a singing method, to be correct, must be based on the correct physiological use of the vocal organs... Continue reading book >>




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