Unsolicited endorsement posted September 25, 2000.
As a voice teacher, this is the best tape series for vocal performance that I have encountered. The book contains a wealth of information on the basics of singing as well as performance issues. The exercises on the tapes are easy and safe for the voice, concise and helpful. I use this set myself and recommend it to all of my students.
Reviewer: A reader from Florida
This easy and inexpensive course contains techniques designed specifically for the kinds of sounds and demands that are particular to singing Popular Music from Rock to Rap, Folk to R&B, Broadway to Blues. Packaged in an attractive plastic "travel-friendly" binder, The Contemporary Vocalist by Jeannie Deva is a fully illustrated 174-page book and four vocal exercise CDs.
Contained in The Contemporary Vocalist Volume 1:
1A) Breath and Support
Jeannie Deva coaches you through the steps of four vital exercises that reveal to you the secrets of breath support and the success of this method.
1B) Developing Control
The second half of the first CD, you apply your new found method of breath support to vocal exercises. You will discover that this method gives you greater control and ease of singing.
2) Range and Control
Free your range as you relax and energize the natural and automatic functions of your voice. This CD limbers your vocal muscles giving you smoothness, flexibility and expansion of your useable range. For best results, alternate with the first tape of The Contemporary Vocalist Vol. 2, Tape 1- "Eliminating the Break".
3) Tone and Power
This third CD focuses on volume, relaxed power, enhanced resonance and sustain. The exercises are arranged to warm-up your voice first and cool you down at end, while being fun, creative and freeing. Tapes 2 and 3 of The Contemporary Vocalist Vol. 2 support and complete this achievement.
4) Working with Words
The final tape of this series consolidates your vocal advancement with correct use of vowels, consonants and words in general while singing. An understanding of how words affect your voice will give you freedom from the pit falls of over stressing consonants.
The CDs and book are interactive and never leave you wondering what to do next. Some of the book chapters include, "Natural Breathing, Freeing Your Natural Voice, Falsetto: Myth-Fear-Fact, How to Sing Hard and Avoid Vocal Blow -Out, Working on a Song" and much more.
Regardless of your current level of vocal ability, Jeannie Deva expertly guides you step-by-step through a process of vocal enhancement and discovery. She empowers you with the knowledge and tools that help you sing with confidence and control. Even if you are an experienced singer, it is recommended that you work with The Contemporary Vocalist Vol.1 before using The Contemporary Vocalist Vol. 2. This is because the method by which the exercises are done is more important than what notes or scales are sung. The method you use to practice the exercises in Vol. 2 is taught in Vol. 1 and you will get better results that way.