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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882845284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882845289
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Inkhorn HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 3 2003
Format: Paperback
The content is good although too much space is given to testimonials, and more space should be given to explanation and theory.
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.
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I began studying with Seth Riggs in 1970. At that time I had nearly a minor 3rd wobble in my vibrato and couldn't sing above an E. I was working as a singer and my career was going nowhere and I was only 27 years old. I had studied with 13 teachers around the world before I met Seth. In just 7 months of study with Seth I regained a solid vibrato (about 6 waves per second)I was singing clearly and easily up to an A above the staff, as a baritone, and I won 1st place in both the Regional and National Metroplitan Opera auditions in 1971. I have had and am still having a wonderful career as singer primarily in musical theater, ocassionally opera, night clubs and concerts, more than 30 years after I met Seth. I have sung,as a principal artist, with the Vienna, Austria, Volksoper and Staatsoper, Glynebourne Festival, Munich, Edinborough and Wexford Festivals, Amerstam. Brussels, London, Paris, San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, Chicago and Miami Operas, all because of this technique. I still study with him on a regular basis and have been teaching "Speech Level Singing" for 25 years and use "Singing for the Stars" as the text book for all my students. I was Seth's 1st Met. winner of 5 and am featured in his book "Singing for the Stars". Seth's techinique has been used by artists that have won every major vocal competition in the US and Europe and 106 "Grammy" awards.
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.
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The technique is awesome, allowing you to sing without strain, and I doubt the validity of the other reviewer's claim on Madonna's voice. I couldn't find any information on the actual event and if it was true, there are many other factors that could have lead to it.
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.
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This is the first voice book I've read, but I'll probably end up reading some others. I have a musical background, have played guitar and piano for years, but just recently decided to make an effort to improve my singing.
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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