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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (Aug. 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316441589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316441582
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By **SkipKent** on Aug. 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm one of those who honestly felt that I had got my $... worth and then some in the first five minutes of working with this book. I've sung in bands and theatre with moderate success but always been frustrated at the entirely hit-or-miss nature of my grasp on 'how to sing'. It's never been something I 'do', but rather something I can 'usually get away with'. Love's book helped guide me in short order to a part of my voice that I've found on occasion on my own (usually in the car, or occasionally an inspired moment on stage, but almost never simply 'on demand') which I now realize is the middle voice he refers to in his book.
Are there other ways to get there? No doubt. Is he first and only instructor to speak of this sort of thing? Of course not, but he's the VERY FIRST who managed to reach ME despite myself. Does that mean he will reach you as well? Who knows, but I'd say it's a pretty safe gamble you will take away something from this book and cd in short order if you approach it openly and with a good sense of humor.
His simple device of using the 'cry' and whatnot have proved invaluable to me in 'remembering' how to find that sweet spot instead of shouting myself hoarse with vocal groping and frustration. Think Robert Smith or Danny Elfman to get an idea of how the 'cry' can sound. It's kind of a vocal 'shoe-horn' to get you into middle voice. Once you start to get a feel for this, the goofy images like 'think of your voice as a purple mist flowing--blah de blah de blah' start to actually become useful as you start to feel and hear when you're going from chest voice to head voice and/or somewhere in between.
Good luck and have fun with the book. Really accentuate the cry when you get to that part.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Altotenor on Feb. 25 2002
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on a whim, and I was very pleased to read that someone had put together a book that contains much of my own philsophy of teaching voice. I'm only giving it 4 stars because the name-dropping throughout the book is irritating at best, and as some others have noted, his descriptions of what the vocal folds are doing during vibrato, etc. are not very scientific or accurate; however, the descriptions do help with visiualizations and it truly isn't necessary to know the science to learn to sing well.
Other things I like about the book are:
-connecting the speaking voice to the singing voice
-encouraging people to train their own ears by recording themselves
-exploring the middle voice
-the "do-it-yourself/imitation" approach; this works for many people
It's good that a CD is included; it really helps people hear the difference between doing it wrong and doing it right.
This is a good place to start if you want to learn to sing.
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This book really does deliver. It is easy to read and follow the detailed instructions but the best part is the accompanying CD. It feels like Roger is right in your living room instructing you through various exercises that really do set your voice free.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
The book 'Set Your Voice Free', by Roger Love, one of most famous and most in-demand vocal coaches in America, is a real godsend to those who rely on their voice for professional purposes (hmmm, why would a preacher need that?). Co-authored by Donna Frasier, this book explores techniques for preserving, strengthening, and extending the vocal power and range of the reader/practitioner.
There is a forward by Dr. Laura Schlessinger--whether or not you agree with her opinions, you must admit she has vocal presence on the radio. This book will not turn you into Dr. Laura (in any respect!) but it will help you achieve the voice that you are capable of having, but simply did not gain the instruction to unleash.
Why is speaking important? While this many seem a question with an obvious answer, it is usually an unexamined one. The right voice can make a business presentation or sales pitch more dynamic, and make the difference between closing the deal and walking away empty-handed. The right voice can win the man or woman of your dreams over to a first date. Even if you just want to sound better on your answering machine, this is book that will help.
Think you can't carry a tune in a bucket, and that this is because you don't have musical training? Guess again. With simple exercises in this book, you will be singing along in no time with much less self-consciousness and more self-confidence, which in-and-of itself can make a difference in how you sound.
It comes with an instructional CD with vocal exercises to follow. From simple breathing exercises (yes, there is a right way to breathe) to more specific practice routine, you will have material to follow to help you unlock the hidden potential of your voice. The sound you make will be richer, more fully rounded and developed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have been studying voice for about 10 months using the Seth Riggs method both from his book SINGING FOR THE STARS and from associate Speech Level Singing teachers.
I found Roger Love's book to be very helpful and not at all a repeat of the Seth Riggs book.
The exercizes on the CD are especially helpful and I have made some new progress.
The cost of the book and CD is less than the cost of one voice lesson, but worth many times that.
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