Now with helpful audio examples available online, Idiot's Guides: Singing, Second Edition, is a fast-track approach to improving vocal technique, including solo, ensemble, and sight singing. Filled with illustrations and exercises, this book covers different musical styles — from pop and rock to country and classical.
The audio tracks demonstrate many of the concepts and exercises in Idiot's Guides: Singing. These tracks are performed by professional vocalists. Click to listen to any track, or download all of the audio tracks as a single file (99 MB ZIP)
- Exercise 1.1: Yoo-Hoo!
- Exercise 1.2: Ah-Ha!
- Exercise 1.3: We
- Exercise 1.4: Oh, No
- Exercise 1.5: Hey, Ray
- Exercise 1.6: Sing the Alphabet
- Exercise 4.1: Hiss Like a Snake
- Exercise 4.2: Hissy Doodle
- Exercise 4.3: Sing the Alphabet—in a Single Breath
- Exercise 4.4: Don't Get Hung Up!
- Exercise 4.5: Hum a Tone
- Exercise 4.6: Say "Ah"
- Exercise 4.7: More Vowels
- Exercise 4.8: Nee Neh Nah Noh Noo
- Exercise 4.9: Ho-Ho!
- Exercise 4.10: Ha-Ha!
- "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in Solfeggio
- The G Major Scale in Solfeggio
- Ascending Intervals
- Descending Intervals
- Exercise 11.1: Prime (Unison) Intervals
- Exercise 11.2: Major and Minor Seconds
- Exercise 11.3: Major and Minor Thirds
- Exercise 11.4: Perfect and Augmented Fourths
- Exercise 11.5: Perfect and Diminished Fifths
- Exercise 11.6: Major and Minor Sixths
- Exercise 11.7: Major and Minor Sevenths
- Exercise 11.8: Octaves
- Exercise 11.9: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
- Exercise 11.10a: "Frere Jacques" in G
- Exercise 11.10b: "Frere Jacques" in D
- Exercise 11.11: "Amazing Grace"
- Exercise 11.12: "Go Tell Aunt Rhody"
- Speaking Whole Notes
- Speaking Half Notes
- Speaking Quarter Notes
- Speaking Eighth Notes
- Speaking Sixteenth Notes
- Exercise 11.13: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.14: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.15: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.16: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.17: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.18: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.19: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.20: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.21: Reading Rhythms
- Exercise 11.22: Putting Pitches and Rhythms Together
- Exercise 11.23: Name That Tune
- Exercise 11.24: "Poor Wayfaring Stranger"
- Exercise 11.25: "Erie Canal"
- Exercise 11.26: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.27: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.28: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.29: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.30: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.31: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.32: Sight Singing
- Exercise 11.33: Sight Singing
- Lieder: "Below in the Valley" (vocals by Dr. Mitzi Westra)
- Lieder: "Below in the Valley" (piano only)
- Pop: "The Water Is Wide" (vocals by Joe Brown)
- Pop: "The Water Is Wide" (instruments and background vocals only)
- Jazz: "I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)" (vocals by Phyllis Fulford)
- Jazz: "I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares for Me)" (jazz trio only)
- Chapter 16: Choral Ensembles (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 17: Classical and Opera (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 17: Musical Theater (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 18: Pop and Rock (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 18: Country (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 19: Pop Singers in a Jazz Style (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 19: Jazz Vocalists (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 20: Gospel (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
- Chapter 20: R&B and Soul (YouTube playlist) (Spotify playlist)
Vocal Credits for the Accompanying Tracks
- Brad Brock (baritone, solo on "Shenandoah") studied music at Butler University.
- Joe Brown (tenor, solo on "The Water is Wide") holds a BM from DePauw University. He has performed commercial jingles, operas, and musicals on the East Coast, Florida, and Indiana. Joe currently sings with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and a variety of other musical groups throughout the central Indiana region.
- Phyllis Fulford (alto, solo on "I Ain't Got Nobody")
- Stephanie Mitchell (soprano) attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis and hopes to pursue a professional singing career.
- Mary Moss (solo on "Amazing Grace") is a respected member of the central Indiana jazz scene, having performed with a number of different groups and musicians over the past several decades. In 2002, Mary was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame; she currently performs with other local musicians in the group Mary Moss & Women Kickin' It.
- Dr. Mitzi Westra (mezzo-soprano, solo on "Below in the Valley") is an active soloist and chamber musician who currently teaches voice and music theory at both the University of Indianapolis and Wabash College in Indiana. She sings with several chamber ensembles in the Indianapolis area and spends her summers performing with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional choral group in New Mexico.
- Instrumental Credits for the Accompanying Tracks
- William Barnhardt (electric and acoustic bass) began his studies on bass at 9. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music from Butler University and currently performs in several jazz, classical, and rock groups in the central Indiana area.
- Ken Fary (jazz and gospel piano) is a highly respected jazz musician and teacher in the Indianapolis area. He performs both solo and with various local jazz groups.
- Phyllis Fulford (piano and synthesizers)
- Doug Henthorn (acoustic and electric guitar) got his first guitar at age 11; his first teacher was one of the authors of this book, Phyllis Fulford. Doug is a classically trained musician with a degree from Butler University, and is currently a guitarist and vocalist with the group Healing Sixes (healingsixes.com).
- Michael Miller (drums)
- Recording Credits for the Accompanying Tracks
- Recorded, mixed, and mastered at The Lodge Recording Studios, Indianapolis, Indiana. Recording and mixing engineer: Michael Graham.
- Produced by Phyllis Fulford and Michael Miller, Copyright 2003 Phyllis Fulford and Michael Miller