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[Illustration: image of Millie Ryan]

What Every Singer Should Know

[Illustration: music harp]

Published by

FRANKLIN PUBLISHING CO.

OMAHA, NEBR.

Copyrighted 1910

by

MILLIE RYAN

DEDICATION.

I LOVINGLY DEDICATE THIS BOOK

TO MY SON,

EDWARD RYAN, JR.

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

"Is it Worth My While to Have My Voice Cultivated" 1

"Can I Become a Grand Opera Singer?" 8

"At What Age Shall I Take Up the Study of Voice Culture?" 12

Singing Lessons as a Health Culture 23

Advice to Parents 25

"Is it Necessary to go Abroad to Study?" 28

Chorus Singing 34

Stage Fright 36

The Accompanist 42

Selecting a Teacher 45

Art for Art's Sake 52

Educating the Masses 57

Hints and Helps 64

What and How to Practice 73

The Breath 83

A Few Practical Exercises and Illustrations 88

INTRODUCTION.

This book is not for the purpose of instruction in singing, as singing is an art which cannot be taught from book or correspondence. Neither is it a technical treatise on the voice, but instead I aim through the medium of my book to have a "heart to heart" talk with the beginner, and with those who contemplate the study of voice culture.

Books abounding in technical terms are valueless to a beginner, and the finished artist does not need such a book. There are many valuable books published, but very few which are written in a manner simple enough for the beginner to grasp. I wish to give all the valuable "hints" and "helps" that it has taken years of experience to gather, covering all the questions that are absolutely necessary to know, making it brief, simple and =understandable=.

[Illustration: MADAME LILLIAN NORDICA

Who is carrying out her plans of establishing a conservatory of music and festival house for operatic performances, at Neal, N.J. Mme. Nordica says: "I am confident that there is a crying need in this country for this sort of musical establishment. Present conditions make it impossible to enable the public to enjoy opera in English or to hear the singing of that great host of talented Americans who are forced to address their efforts to European audiences.]

"IS IT WORTH MY WHILE TO HAVE MY VOICE CULTIVATED?"

The first question which arises with all those who possess an average singing voice is, "Will it pay me to study voice culture?" The answer may be found in the following:

"If you possess a good voice, do not hesitate a moment to cultivate it, regarding it as the most beautiful gift granted you by Heaven." Schumann.

"But," says the applicant, "I must make my own living. Have I enough material to cultivate and be able to realize returns?"

This depends entirely on yourself and what your ambitions are.

There is a great field in music, and if you have ear, voice, and talent, STUDY. And, if in addition to these you have ambition, determination and application, you are sure of success. What your field of operation will be, whether church, concert or opera, time will decide.

The power to win is yours determine to succeed and you cannot fail.

In order to make a success of anything, you must give it your undivided attention, and while doing so, your aim must be fixed constantly on the goal which you desire to attain. Rome was not built in one day, neither can the elementary training of a voice be accomplished in a year... Continue reading book >>




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