The Singing Voice: An Owner’s Manual (2nd edition)

by Pat Wilson

“The Singing Voice: An Owner’s Manual” (2nd edition)

Practical hints, advice and information for training and trained performers who need to keep their singing voice in working trim. Not a how-to-sing book!  The writing is clear and down-to-earth, spiced with a sense of humor. Witty illustrations, coupled with the author’s warm voice, guide the reader through wide-ranging topics vital for singers, actors and other professional performance practitioners.  What’s the right song for me? Which microphone should I buy? How do I cope with asthma? Eating do’s and don’ts for singers? Can I overcome my stage-fright? What to wear to an audition? How does air travel affect my voice? These pills won’t harm my voice, will they?

Pat Wilson addresses these practical questions, and many more, in the updated 2nd edition of this popular handbook. Well-indexed and reader-friendly, its professionally-focused information is accessible to students, performers and voice teachers alike.


What the experts say:

“Pat Wilson has written the essential guide for singers of all styles of music.”Robert Marks (Broadway vocal coach)


“A useful manual with sound advice and many fresh ideas for students, teachers and performers.”

Australian Journal of Music Education (review)


“The text is highly engaging, underpinned by scholarly research, yet very accessible and helpful – a joy to read!”

Prof. Graham Welch (Chair of Music Education, Institute of Education, University of London)

“It is an unbelievably clear account of what a singer must do in order to survive. Every kid going through … whatever learning institution should have a copy of this book glued to his or her hand. It’s concise, intelligent, helpful, correct, funny, and eminently readable. Maybe not everyone should have this book, but everyone who sings should.”
John O’May

“Worthwhile and informative… there’s great advice, great facts, and great humour.” Dean Carey

“I am sure that your readers will enjoy your charming, chatty style and will learn much from your book.”
Robert Thayer Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A., Professor of Otolaryngology, Thomas Jefferson University

“I love Pat’s courage in stating her point of view. It’s a resource book which should be in (performance) school libraries … Its strength lies in its readability. I think it’s an excellent book.”
Isobel Kirk

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