Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Your Voice

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Your Voice

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"Your Voice," by Douglas Stanley, M.S., Mus. D., Pitman Publishing Corporation, 2 West 45 Street, New York, 157, third edition, revised, 374 pp., $7.50.

It may well be questioned if, in the annals of vocal history, there has ever appeared a more polemic personality than the author of the above provocative volume, of which the initial forty pages are devoted to technical and acoustical glossaries quasi-encyclopedic in scope and, therefore, intrinsically valuable to searchers for unassailably accurate definitions of vocal and acoustical phenomena. Come then some fifteen lengthy chapters plus two appendices, all demanding closest possible intensive study if one is to comprehend premises underlying recommended pedagogical procedure, which same is essentially mechanistic in design and application.

Indeed, Dr. Stanley insists upon both mechanical and manual manipulations, employing a so-called "tongue instrument" properly to position that organ, while he employs "fingers and thumbs" to accomplish mandatory hyoid bone adjustment! Incidentally, these processes are copiously illustrated, as are also anatomical structure of the vocal tract and correct versus incorrect body positions for posture and breathing. …

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