Singing for the Stars: Book and 2 CDs Paperback – CD, Sep 1 1992
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The CD is very well laid out with instructions from the author, a singer demonstrating the exercises and the exercises themselves laid out on different tracks, which make it easy to skip to the essential bits. You can practice while driving for example.
I have been getting speech singing vocal training for over a year. Unless you are already a well trained singer with good technique, you should not use this type of course without also getting lessons. A vocal coach can identify how to improve tone, breathing etc and point out technique errors. It is so easy to damage your voice by using incorrect technique or overdoing the exercises.
After using this for a few days and then applying the technique to sing along to a recording, I was able to do so without straining and hitting higher notes than usual with much less effort, which was amazing. I feel that I am now on my way to a voice that I did not dare to dream was possible.
The principles behind this book involve using exercises which educate you to sing without the larynx rising up which actually interferes with good singing, and to sing with a connected voice from chest voice into head voice, without breaking into falsetto.
The second CD is more about applying the exercises and producing the speech level singing tone, and runs through song examples using those passage areas with very useful tips to avoid splattering the sound. This is a great investment, which I highly recommend.
Quite simply, Seth Riggs' "Speech Level Singing" technique and his book "Singing for the Stars" is the easiest and most complete guide for singers of all ages, experience, voice type and style, ever written. This technique proves time and again that one can sing with ease and power with out having to strain or push or distort one's vowels or face to achieve vocal prowess.Read more ›
Anyways, the book is very infromative and is great in addition to lessons, but you *NEED* to get a CERTIFIED teacher (it does make a BIG difference, I've had two teachers before who didn't get me anywhere and then one lesson with a certified and I'm already a few notes into my head voice). It's really easy to "do" the exercises wrong.
The book is extremely informative and the only reason I'm giving it at a 4/5 is because there are WAY too many testimonials from singers.
I found this book helpful in some ways, but I felt it could have been easier to understand. The book essentially details the speech level singing method, in which the chest voice and head voice are successfully bridged.
As a newcomer to singing, I found some of these concepts a little difficult to understand, and felt the book never really explained things very clearly. It reminded me a little of a instruction manual that assumes you have certain parts that have not been included.
Also, I felt it was a little odd that there was so much ink spent on celebrity testimonials. If the method is really that good, it should be able to speak (or sing) for itself.
It's been a couple of months since I read the book and listened to the CDs, and I can say that my singing has improved considerably (that's why I'm giving the book four stars). Although I don't feel I came away with a full understanding of everything the book was trying to teach, I feel I must have osmotically picked up some concepts that have been helpful.
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Awesome exercises! Made a huge difference to how I sing, from tight to relaxed speech level singing - no bobbing the head up and down anymore. A valuable resource :-DPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
First purchase on Amazon, the book itself is great and really helping with my vocals. Very disappointed that the second CD has a large scratch. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
this book has a lot of great information on the proper singing technique.
highly recommend for any vocalist who is just looking to better themselves. Read more
Since I had already taken extensive singing lessons from a vocal intructor trained by Seth in this singing method; I was thrilled to come across the book that had "ALL"of the vocal... Read morePublished on July 11 2010 by Linden M Morris
It's not that Seth doesn't know what he's talking about, it's that he thinks he knows everything.
This method will NOT turn an untrained singer into an Opera singer. Read more
I have been trying to figure out why one of the commentators on here, Tom McKinney, only gave this book/CD a 3 star rating, and yet claims, "This book is the best introduction... Read morePublished on March 20 2004
Seth Riggs' speech level singing technique is incredible, it can dramatically improve the singing voice of any motivated person. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by David Mellish
Having gone through pretty much every current book on the topic of improving your singing technique, I can tell you that this book is the only one worth buying. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by mark jensen
Well, this "techinque" book is shakey at best. For serious people in voice, as everyone knows, there needs to be diaphragm breathing. Read morePublished on July 22 2003