So You Want to Sing Rock 'n' Roll:
A Guide for Professionals

By Matthew Edwards

CoverSing-Rock-Cover_B_WEB_250px.jpgThe second in a new series and developed in coordination with the National Association for Teachers of Singing, So You Want to Sing Rock 'n' Roll: A Guide for Professionals fills an important gap in the instructional literature for those who sing or teach singing to those seeking their fortunes in pop/rock performance.

Rock ‘n’ roll is a style that was born out of the great American melting pot. An outgrowth of the blues, rock 'n' roll music combines driving rhythms, powerful chords, and lyrics that communicate the human experience to audiences around the world. Although rock singing was once seen as a vulgar use of the human voice and was largely ignored by the academic community, voice teachers and singers around the world have recently taken a professional interest in learning specialized techniques for singing rock 'n' roll.

So You Want to Sing Rock 'n' Roll gives readers a comprehensive guide to rock history, voice science, vocal health, audio technology, technical approaches to singing rock, and stylistic parameters for various rock subgenres. Matthew Edwards, assistant professor of voice at Shenandoah Conservatory, provides easy-to-understand explanations of technical concepts, with tips for practical application, and suggestions for listening and further reading.

So You Want to Sing Rock ‘n’ Roll includes guest-authored chapters by singing voice researchers Dr. Scott McCoy and Dr. Wendy LeBorgne, as well as audio and visual examples available from the website of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. This work is not only the ideal guide to singing professionals, but the perfect reference work for voice teachers and their students, lead and back-up singers, record producers and studio engineers. 

Series: So You Want to Sing
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
October 2014 • 292 pages
978-1-4422-3193-1 • $35.00 (£21.95) • Paper
978-1-4422-3194-8 • $34.99 (£21.95) • eBook

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