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Advice for Singers

Educing
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Success
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Recover From Mistakes
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Study Poetry
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Be Perfect
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Musical Library
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There Are No Mistakes
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Activity
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Crude Voices Express No Emotion
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Vocal Tone
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Preparation For Teaching
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Purity Of Method
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True Art Is Delicate
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Music And Longevity
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Mannerisms Show Character
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Songs For Beginners
When selecting songs for study for beginners, only those whic...

Renew Thought
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All Things Are Good
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Power Of Thought
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Experience









A very good reason, but one which individuals can attend to, why we have
so few artists among singers, is that so few take time to gain
experience. There must be many appearances before audiences before the
amateurishness is worn off. Singers often think, when they hear a
noted singer, that they could do just as well as that and perhaps
better, and yet they cannot get professional engagements. It may all be
true, that they can do just as well as the artist, but in appearance and
self-command they may be deficient. Experience cannot come in a day or a
season. If it could what a crowd of singers would become noted. It takes
much time--years of time. One cannot safely feel that he has had
experience enough to place himself among the professional singers until
he has appeared at least fifty times. How many of our readers have done
that? Many visit the large cities and seek engagements who have great
talent and have the probability of complete success in them, but who
have had so little proper experience that their first appearance in the
large city, would be a failure. Managers of experience perceive this
state of affairs and refuse to give engagements on that account. Gain
that appearance necessary to the artist by singing before public
audiences everywhere, at church festivals, benefit concerts, parlor
receptions, college recitals, anywhere where an audience can be
entertained. Study your influence over your audience and learn how to so
express your art in your voice and singing that your audiences are your
subjects. Concert after concert must pass before you know your own power
in song. Year after year will go bye, before it is safe to approach the
critical audiences of large cities.





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