Table of Contents

1. First Things 1

The Motive 3
Modi Operandi 4
My Peculiar Path 5
The Two Big Questions 22

2. Training 23

Why Bother? 25
Your Team 27
Teacher or Coach? 29
Finding a qualified teacher 31
Dealing with a “Bad Fit” 34
Cults 36
Teacher, not Therapist 38
Authenticity and Uniqueness 41
Talent Shmalent 44
Corporate Singing 45
Schools 48
Not Schools 51
Roll Your Own? 53
A Degree in Something 55
Video Instruction 59
Distance Learning 60
Trademarked Methods Aplenty 61
How Long? 63

3. The Confusions 65

Paradoxes 67
Eclecticism or a Hot Mess? 69
Breathing 71
Support! 75
The Sad Lesson 80
Squabbling Teachers 82
The Black Box 85
Is the Voice an Instrument? 88
New Teacher, New Concepts 91
Melting Mysteries 95
Imagery and Mirages 97
Sensation and Sound 103
Fighting Words 105
Verbs and Bad Teaching 109
Health versus Your Sound 112
Voice Science, Academic Religion 114

4. Where Am I? 119

Self-Assessment Is Crucial 122
Contents of the SAPS 124
Daily Technical Check-in 129
The Advice of Other Humans 133
Feedback from the Arena 135

5. The Singer’s Life 137

Openness 139
Practicing Better 141
When to Cancel 144
Consistency 145
Pre-Performance Performance 147
Age 148
Health 151
Retooling 154
Money 156
Action > Attitude 159
Big Questions Again 161
Remember Fun? 163
Love Yourself, Love Your Voice 164

References 165

Appendix 166

Authors Who Pushed Me 168
Lamperti and the Evolution of Appoggio 172
Downloads 181
Recommended Reading and Media 182

Index 186