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The Owner’s Manual to the Voice


Product Description

A guide for singers and other professional voice users by Rachael Gates, L. Arick Forrest, and Kerrie Obert.

Can be read cover to cover or used easily as a quick reference for specific questions

  • Describes possible diagnosis and their treatment options
  • Provides a glossary of definitions and pronunciations

Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to “own,” just like other musicians, their instrument. The Owner’s Manual to the Voice provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachel Gates, and co-authors L. Arrick Forest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user – whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, lawyer, salesperson or telemarketer – will find helpful if not essential.


Readership: This book will appeal primarily to singers (professional and aspiring), and also to voice instructors, actors, and to all who speak publicly (lawyers, preachers, radio / television broadcasters, public speakers).

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