I’ve decided to start a new column around here to express my love of resources in book form. I have more vocal technique books, lyrics writing books, theory books, sight-reading books, rhyming dictionaries and thesauri than you can shake a stick at. It’s definitely time I share my secrets with you.
The first book in the series is Dynamics of the Singing Voice by M. Bunch Dayme. This book has been my bible for a very long time. I first picked it up when I was working at the National Research Council and had an all access pass to the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) which is the biggest technical library in Canada. Sometimes I would go there and look up things I knew nothing about and just marvel at the complexity of the diagrams and the equations… Anyway, since this book is technically an anatomy textbook, CISTI had a copy.
I love this book because it offers super clear explanations and diagrams of all parts of the body that have to do with singing (which are most of the parts of the body). I use this book ALL of the time when teaching to explain to my students about posture and breathing and about what’s going on inside when they’re singing.
In the latest edition, M. Bunch Dayme has added some amazing sections on the psychological aspects of performance and on vocal pedagogy. All of my students are intimately familiar with her section on The Responsibility of the Student (see below) because I photocopy it for all of them to read before starting lessons with me.
Unfortunately, it’s a pretty expensive book, I paid at least $70 for it. That said, it was totally worth every penny and I refer to it almost daily.
So that’s it for Book Love // 01. Let me know what you think of the new column in the comments below!