Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Sing Anything: Mastering Vocal Styles

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Sing Anything: Mastering Vocal Styles

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Gina Latimerlo and Lisa Popeil, Sing Anything: Mastering Vocal Styles. Charleston, SC: Self-published, 2012. Paper, 103 pp., $19.95. ISBN 978-061566596-2 www.singanything.com

At first glance, the tide to this slim volume may smack of hyperbole. "Sing anything" sounds like an exaggerated claim for a book that consists of fewer than 100 pages. However, authors Latimerlo and Popeil approach a wide array of vocal styles in a methodic manner, offering guidance to singing in classical, music theater, jazz, pop, country, R & B, and rock genres. The authors' goal is to offer systematic, concise instruction. Accordingly, none of the chapters is longer than nine pages, and several consist of a single leaf. Yet within these succinct sections, Latimerlo and Popeil offer detailed and accurate diagrams, as well as descriptions of the technical aspects of singing in each style.

As their starting point, the authors identify the parts of the body that are relevant to singing, and provide a glossary of music and anatomic terms. An overview of breathing, and an explanation of the "Sound Team" (the collective noun used by the authors to describe the jaw, tongue, larynx, soft palate, and pharynx) precede an introduction to categories. Vocal tone, the authors assert, is the critical element in sounding authentic in a chosen style. Consequently, the authors explainthrough text and illustrations-how to consciously manipulate the resonance chambers. For each of the styles, the vocal tone is identified, and guidance in physical adjustments necessary to make that sound. …

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