The Art of Singing, Its Theory and Practice

The Art of Singing, Its Theory and Practice

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...ruin too often the shake. Heavy, noisy accompaniments hide beauties as well as defects, and though they may aid or give relief to singers, yet they ever create coarseness of voice, and very few are good accompanists on the piano, which is a great drawback to every vocalist. Learners should begin with the diatonic scales major, both solfaing and vocalising, so as to form the voice, to give activity of utterance and a clear sound to the vowels. Next the intervals ought to be studied; then the diatonic scales minor, the chromatic scale, and, lastly, the turn, shake, and other ornaments. In fact the scales and shake must, or ought to be, practised daily as long as anyone aims at being considered a finished singer. Some advise the taking the semitones before the whole tones, but it certainly is not preferable. Let the simple diatonic scale major be studied first; rules are always requisite for learners, but genius after a while oversteps most rules. An expressive countenance is the index of a sensible mind. To do much, a little must be done at a time, for reiterated efforts win the day in all knowledge. Energy of purpose and emulation, combined with determined application, can achieve any degree of excellence in singing, when the organs are naturally good. The intervals must be takea true, for one being pitched incorrectly other false ones will follow, if not at once discovered and corrected. The instrument to accompany the voice ought to possess a superior quality of tone, to be kept in perfect tune, and, if anything, rather above concert pitch, otherwise both the ear and voice will become vitiated if not entirely ruined. Some think the violin, when used to practice by, gives the truest intonation, but a good piano is generally found to answer all...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509730
  • 9781236509734