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The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing ~ W. Stephen Smith

The Naked Voice ~ W. Stephen Smith

Joyce’s voice teacher, W. Stephen Smith, invites all singers to improve their vocal technique through his renowned and time-tested wholistic method. Focusing not only on the most important technical, but also on the often overlooked psychological and spiritual elements of learning to sing, his book allows readers to develop their own full and individual identities as singers. With philosophies and techniques drawn from a lifetime of teaching voice, Smith demonstrates how one can reveal the true unique sound of one’s own voice by singing with the whole self. The master’s method, presented in concrete and comprehensible terms with helpful illustrations, is enhanced by a CD containing exercises performed by singers from Smith’s own studio-singers whose talent and training bring them across the country and around the world. The clear and easy style of The Naked Voice welcomes the reader into Smith’s teaching studio, and into conversation with Smith himself as he presents the six simple and elegant exercises that form the core of his method. These exercises provide a foundation for free singing, and lead singers through the step-by-step process of mastering the technique. Throughout, Smith speaks sympathetically and encouragingly to the singer in search of an unencumbered and effective approach to the art. The Naked Voice is a must-read for all singers, giving teachers and students, amateurs and professionals, access to the methods and concepts that have earned Smith his reputation as one of the most highly-sought-after vocal instructors in the international arena today.

With The Naked Voice, Steve Smith has given each singer who reads this book a precious gift: one that not only gives insight into the seemingly elusive term of vocal technique, but one that grants individual artists the license to express themselves freely, live meaningful lives, and let their naked voices rattle into the rafters.
~ Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano

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  1. I am a private piano and voice teacher as well as an artist. I love opera and have been very impressed with Stephen Smith since I read his write-up in the Harding University journal. I am also an alumna of Harding.

    I want to get a copy of the book. It sounds like what I try to teach.
    Dixie

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