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Advice for Singers

Profession Or Trade
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Criticism
The phraseology of newspaper criticism often disturbs musicia...

True Art Is Delicate
All true art is delicate. Music is the most delicate of all a...

Crude Voices Express No Emotion
An untrained voice can never have correct emotion expressed i...

Mannerisms Show Character
Mannerisms give knowledge to the observing person of our char...

Regularity
"It is the regularity of the laws of nature which leads us to...

Analyze Songs
Every song or other vocal composition should be analyzed as...

Associates
Singers cannot afford to miss the chance to be among great me...

Success
A few decades ago a clumsy, lank, raw-boned boy roamed over...

There Are No Mistakes
How often does every one of us make the "mistake of a lifetim...

Everyone Can Sing
The culture of the voice has come to be looked upon as a gr...

Speaking And Singing
The basis of good singing is good speaking. The speaking voic...

Be Perfect
Do not be content to merely make progress. (If one feels that...

Provide For The Young
Parents see the necessity of providing the means for their ch...

Heart And Intellect
Let not the heart be the ruling power all the time. If it is,...

Renew Thought
The teacher who does not live in high thought, and who does n...

Words And Tone Should Agree
While singing, words and tone should agree. What does that me...

Time Ends Not
We may say with Emerson that "Time has his own work to do and...

Preparation For Teaching
There are many who become teachers of singing without knowing...

Songs For Beginners
When selecting songs for study for beginners, only those whic...


Study Poetry









Every singer should be an earnest student of poetry. There are minds to
which poetry does not appeal as does the practical prose. But in all
minds there is enough of latent love of poetry which can be developed
until poetry appeals with even stronger force than does prose. Can your
heart glow with the beautiful sunset? Do you joy over the song of the
bird? Has the spring blossom a message of delicacy to you? Then have you
that love of nature which can give you understanding of the poet. A
faculty of mind exercised grows with its use. A singer must have
imagination. Without it, the best vocalization lacks the spark of true
life. Without it, coldness displaces warmth, and darkness, light. The
very essence of poetry is imagination. One word in poetry often suggests
that which practical prose uses ten words to express. The study of
poetry, that is, making poetry a study so that one knows what is in it,
helps make good singers. He who has not yet thus used poetry may well
plan something new for his winter evenings.





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