Singing and the Actor by Gillyanne Kayes (second edition REVISED)
STOP PRESS: Updated version out now!
Gillyanne has just updated her second edition of this book. New thoughts on belting and falsetto, new diagrams on what really happens to the vocal folds in thicker and thinner folds and in falsetto, new research-based exercises. The updated version is now in stock
favourite book on singing technique is Singing and the Actor by
Gillyanne Kayes. This is a thorough and knowledgeable work which
teaches how to produce a free and healthy singing voice in various
styles from Broadway Belt to Opera with Pop and Rock in between" Jeanette Nelson, head of voice at the National Theatre in London
Classical singing training is no longer relevant for the theatre performer today. So how does an actor train his singing voice?
Singing and the Actor contains a structured training programme for the singing actor and dancer. Pitching, registers and breath management, the communication of sung text and the production of Belt, Twang and Speech qualities are all covered in this practical book. Revised throughout, this second edition now benefits from new insights on managing 'the break' and additional exercises for readers who process in different training modes.
Dr Gillyanne Kayes is a highly respected vocal trainer with over 30 years experience working with actors, dancers and musical theatre singers. Numerous West End and international artistes have benefited from her accurate and practical information about the voice. Director of the Integrated Voice programme, Ms Kayes advises teachers of Musical Theatre throughout the UK, in Europe, USA, the Far East and Australasia.
Here’s a reminder of the book’s contents:
HOW THE VOICE WORKS
How do I make the notes?
My voice won’t come out at auditions
But I thought I wasn’t supposed to feel anything?
What exactly is support?
TRAINING YOUR VOICE
Developing the three octave siren
The nasal port
Dynamic control and projection
Tuning the oral resonator
WORKING THE TEXT
Putting it together
Singing the text
Creating voice qualities
The act of singing
When you add this book to your cart, check out our Professional Development Webinars page too. Gillyanne has created a special Singing and the Actor Q&A Webinar which brings you the updates that have happened since the second edition was written in 2004.