Singing with Your Whole Self: The Feldenkrais Method and Voice

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Scarecrow Press, Nov 27, 2001 - Music - 200 pages
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Singing with Your Whole Self teaches performers to use the Feldenkrais Method to ameliorate problems of tension, muscle strain, and illness in order to obtain optimal vocal performance. It contains an important and unique feature: modularized Feldenkrais "Awareness through Movement" lessons. These are specifically designed for liberating function in all musicians and in singers in particular. Modularized lessons allow the user to choose between functionally useful short segments or entire lessons. The first part of the book presents the theory explaining why this approach works in an easily understood and concrete fashion. The remaining chapters explore our anatomy by area and explain usage, problems and how these relate to singing; lessons throughout revolve around improving performance. Includes an index both by lesson and by problem, referring performers to the lessons most effective for a specific problem.
 

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Contents

Overview
1
Control and Letting Go
19
The Base of Support
33
Intentionality and Effort
49
Pelvic Power
57
Breathing
73
Upper Trunk Flexibility
89
Chapter 8 Shoulder Girdle and Arms
105
The Eyes
145
Pedagogical Uses for this Volume
157
Appendix Functional Integration
159
Glossary
161
References and Resources
163
Index of Lessons
165
General Index
169
About the Authors
171

Head and Neck
117
Hands and Mouth
133

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Samuel H. Nelson is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner in private practice in Rochester, NY.
Elizabeth Blades-Zeller is Associate Professor of Voice, Opera and Music Education, Coordinator of Voice Area, and Director of Opera at Heidelberg College. She is also a Music Editor for Mountain View Video Production, Roanoke, VA.

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