The first essential to one beginning the study of voice culture is an appreciation of the real significance of voice development. We must recognize at once the fact that the voice is a natural reporter of the conditions, emotions, thoughts, and purposes (character and states or conditions) of the individual.
The ring of true culture in the voice is that perfect modulation of tone and movement which, without self-consciousness, communicates exactly the meaning and purpose which impel the utterances of the speaker.
It is almost impossible for any person to cultivate vocal expression to the best advantage without an intelligent and sympathetic teacher; he lacks the perspective upon himself which is necessary in order to correct his individual faults and draw out his most effective powers.
Then, again, he needs that personal supervision and direction of his efforts which will allow his mind to be constantly occupied with thoughts and principles, and relieve him of all temptation to watch his own performances as such.
But it is necessary that the student should have a simple and logical basis for practice, however great may become the variety of its application.
Here are the chapters included inside the book:
• CHAPTER I. Principles of Voice Culture.
• CHAPTER II. Elementary Lessons.
• CHAPTER III. The Higher Development of the Voice by the Application of First Principles.
• CHAPTER IV. The Relation of Technique to Rendering.
• CHAPTER V. Phases of Vocal Interpretation