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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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“What You Need Is More Support!”

“What You Need Is More Support!”

(p.41) 12 “What You Need Is More Support!”
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that imaginative “placement” and “support” notions can not be trusted to remedy functional inadequacies present in the singing technique. It narrates the story of a voice teacher and his student, a nineteen-year-old baritone performance major. The student vocalized briefly on a nine-note scale, exhibiting extreme nasality, and then began to sing through the entire composition without interruption, with the same nasal quality that was evident in his vocalizing. Such nasal timbre is the result of a constantly low velar position that does not take into account the postures necessary for non-nasal vowel and non-nasal voiced consonant definition. Without specific information as to the physiologic and acoustic causes of nasality, the student cannot expect to know how to eliminate nasality in singing.

Keywords:   placement, support, singing, voice teacher, student, baritone, nasality, vowel, consonant

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