Monthly Archives: January 2014

Need some voice instruction?

If you feel you are in the need for some instruction to become a Great singer, then these books may have some direction for you.

I’ve heard Jerome Hines sing on occassion and had not realized that he had done a book about singing wherein he interviews great singers.

Jerome A. Hines (Jerome Albert Link Heinz )(November 8, 1921 – February 4, 2003) was an American operatic bass who performed at the Metropolitan Opera from 1946 to 1987. Standing 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), his stage presence and stentorian voice made him ideal for such roles as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Mephistopheles in Faust, Ramfis in Aida, the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, the title role of Boris Godunov and King Mark in Tristan und Isolde.  Hines made his operatic debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1941.    In 1946, Hines made his debut at the Met. In 1953, Hines made his European debut. Hines turned to coaching later in his career, founding the Opera-Music Theatre Institute of New Jersey in 1987, but he continued performing virtually until the end of his life; among his last appearances was a concert performance as the Grand Inquisitor with the Boston Bel Canto Opera in 2001 at the age of 79.

Hines wrote a memoir, This is My Story, This is My Song (1969) , and two books on singing, The Four Voices of Man (1997) and Great Singers on Great Singing (1982).

Hines maintained his interest in mathematics, one of his college majors, and occasionally published articles on the subject in mathematical journals; an example is an article “On approximating the roots of an equation by iteration” in the January/February 1951 issue of Mathematics Magazine.

Hines died of undisclosed causes in 2003, at age 81 at a Manhattan hospital.

Hines was married to the soprano Lucia Evangelista from 1952 until her death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2000. They had four children, David, Andrew, John and Russell. For most of his life, he lived in South Orange, New Jersey.

Hear him in an early recording @   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BEYiDUB670

Hear him as an older man still singing @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaH4ZVwpqs

  He wrote the opera this song was in.

Hear him when old with Old Man River: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lii5V2VjUQ4                      I Iintroduce this song as the Basses National Anthem when I sing it because of Jerome Hines calling it that. He was 74  and still healthy and sounding healthy because of singing I’m sure.

The other books you’ll need to research on your own. And now to the books. investigate and buy the ones you need and learn better how to be a great singer while having fun and staying healthy.

Enjoy!

Entertainment books
Great Singers on Great Singing: A Famous Opera Star Interviews 40 Famous Opera Singers on the Technique of Singing
Great Singers on Great Singing: A Famous Opera Star Interviews 40…
by Jerome Hines
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The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults: A Manual for Teachers of Singing and for Choir Directors (with accompanying CD of sample vocal faults)
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by James C. McKinney
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The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique
The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique
by Richard Miller
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Great Singers on the Art of Singing (Dover Books on Music)
Great Singers on the Art of Singing (Dover Books on Music)
by Harriette BrowerJames Francis Cooke
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Musicals: Movies and TV shows

I watch musicals whenever I can.

I just love them.  Do you?

You can learn a lot about singing presentations and what works well by watching how others do it.  And movies and TV shows especially if you own them and can return often. The singers in these can inspire and instruct.

So why not start your own collection of musicals now.

Here are some suggestions:

Jay Beacham,

Are you looking for something in our Musicals and Performing Arts Movies & TV Shows department? If so, you might be interested in these items.

Musicals and Performing Arts Movies & TV Shows
Music Man
Music Man
Robert Preston (Actor), Shirley Jones (Actor), Morton Dacosta(Director) | Format: DVD
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Meredith Willson's The Music Man (TV Film)
Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (TV Film)
Matthew Broderick (Actor), Kristin Chenoweth (Actor), Jeff Bleckner(Director) | Format: DVD
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My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
Audrey Hepburn (Actor), Rex Harrison (Actor), George Cukor(Director) | Format: DVD
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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel)
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection
Julie Andrews (Actor), Christopher Plummer (Actor), Fred Zinnemann (Director), Henry King (Director) | Format: DVD
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Singin in the Rain 60th Anniversary
Singin in the Rain 60th Anniversary
Debbie Reynolds (Actor), Donald O’connor (Actor), Gene Kelly(Director), Stanley Donen (Director) | Format: DVD
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Hello, Dolly! Widescreen Edition
Hello, Dolly! Widescreen Edition
Barbra Streisand (Actor), Walter Matthau (Actor), Gene Kelly(Director) | Format: DVD
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Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
Topol (Actor), Patience Collier (Actor) | Format: DVD
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Oklahoma! (50th Anniversary Edition)
Oklahoma! (50th Anniversary Edition)
Gordon MacRae (Actor), Gloria Grahame (Actor), Fred Zinnemann(Director) | Format: DVD
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The King And I
The King And I
Yul Brynner (Actor), Deborah Kerr (Actor), Walter Lang (Director) |Format: DVD
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South Pacific (Collector's Edition)
South Pacific (Collector’s Edition)
Rossano Brazzi (Actor), Mitzi Gaynor (Actor), Joshua Logan(Director) | Format: DVD
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TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Broadway Musicals (Show Boat / Annie Get Your Gun / Kiss Me Kate / Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Broadway Musicals
Howard Keel (Actor), Kathryn Grayson (Actor) | Format: DVD
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Guys & Dolls
Guys & Dolls
Roddy Mcdowall (Actor), Marlon Brando (Actor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Director), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Director) | Format:DVD
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 Well don’t have anything else to say so catch you next time.

Jay

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A Music Project-you can help

A Music Project-you can help:

There is a girl named Mckenna Brunson who is doing research on music and it’s effect on humans.

i learned about it from Bonnie Moore, a piano teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Please help my grand-daughter with her science fair project if you have a few moments. The project centers on how music affects us. THANKS!!

 

Well I contacted her granddaughter and she wrote back about her project:

there’s an experiment focused on music’s affect on your heart rate and mood and is in need of participants. Anyone who wants to participate can go to this web address: http://mckennabrunson.wix.com/music-and-you

A little about Mckenna: Thanks! Your site is great! I’m a singer as well, taking lessons and it is my life. Which, obviously is why I chose to do my research on this topic. …. I need a a lot more responses, and spreading the word would really help! Thanks again!

Here’s your chance to comment, tell your story about music and help a worthy cause.

so go to Music and You now and help out.

That’s it for today.

Catch you next time.

Jay

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