The Book

Sane Singing Book CoverSANE SINGING – A Guide to Vocal Progress
by D. Brian Lee
(coming early 2018)


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If you are a singer looking for training options, you will soon discover that there are multitudes of people, products, and ideas out there claiming to be able to help you. How do you sort it out? How can you advocate for yourself in an increasingly crowded and confusing marketplace? How can you determine whether the training you are getting is making you a better singer?

Sane Singing will help you to:  Find good voice training. Make sense of competing methods.  Chart your vocal progress.  Recognize what works for YOU.


We have far too many talented singers coming out of colleges with compromised instruments in the rush to “get their technique together” …If mastery takes more than four academic years, then that has to be acknowledged.

All of this confusion is because of the Black Box nature of singing. All the “voice science” in the world, all the imaginative ways of conveying sensations, all the mimicry you can muster, can’t take you all the way to your own vocal freedom. You must find out ways of working with Nature, to elicit easier and more athletic vocal responses, so that you can develop a healthy voice that responds to your musical and lyrical thoughts.

You may find that you can work with a teacher who uses a very different vocabulary and concepts from what you prefer/know, if you develop your ability to translate what they are telling you into what you need.

The techniques of observation and experimentation of the Old Masters are totally congruent with a scientific mindset, so I’m not categorically anti-science. Music is an expression of humanity, so I’m not categorically anti woo-woo. But if imagery and computer-assisted monitoring are your main toolsets, you are missing a lot of what used to work about voice training before the late 19th century. It was so darned practical.