Anatomy of Voice; How to Enhance and Project Your Best Voice.

Author:Wuske, Melissa
Position:Book review

Blandine Calais-Germain, FranAs.ois Germain, and Marine Curtis-Oakes (translator); ANATOMY OF VOICE; Healing Arts Press (Nonfiction: Health & Fitness) 29.95 ISBN: 9781620554197

Byline: Melissa Wuske

Always accessible and never wearisome, this is the perfect guide for anyone who makes a living with his or her voice.

Anatomy of Voice: How to Enhance and Project Your Best Voice, by Blandine Calais-Germain and FranAs.ois Germain, is a physiological guide for everyday vocalists.

The book presents the art and science of where the voice comes from and how to harness its power. The authors give a whole-body view of the voice, including bones, cavities, and other physical elements, from the larynx to the tongue, that produce and influence the sound of the voice. By understanding the innate and involuntary aspects of voice, people can build their skills and make choices to maximize their vocal production, including managing air flow, posture, and muscle tone.

While this sounds potentially wearisome, and the authors are indeed meticulous, the book is not at all burdensome. The text is tightly focused; it gives only the information needed to understand the voice. It uses common language, defining and explaining terms concisely within the text, rendering a glossary unnecessary. Nearly all text is presented in short blocks, closely tied to images. Calais-Germain's illustrations are another key to the...

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