Gerald Wragg’s life was devoted to helping singers discover their true, authentic voice. Such a natural voice arises from reliable employment of all one’s faculties. Singing and performing combine numerous skills, and Wragg’s approach to a secure vocal technique is based on an integrated manner of using the whole self. To this end, F. M. Alexander’s technique is incorporated into his teaching.
By applying the Alexander Technique the singer is able to identify when unnecessary habits are getting in the way of natural breathing and vocal freedom and, most importantly, learns how to prevent them. Vocal problems can be resolved and the bridge between intention and realization is crossed smoothly and with minimum effort.
This book summarises Wragg’s teaching. He covers fundamentals for any singer, including breathing, avoidance of vocal constrictions, resonance and register, ‘support’, sight-singing and how to learn a song. Additionally, he addresses specific vocal practices for the classical singer – legato, tessitura, falsetto, vibrato and recitativo secco.
Gerald Wragg’s succinct and clear advice and exercises will greatly promote the classical voice.
It is no exaggeration to say that the book is a complete lexicon which should be prescribed reading from cover to cover for singing teachers and singers alike.
Founder Chorus master and conductor Opera North
Head of Music Scottish Opera
Artistic Director Yorkshire Youth Choir
|Author/Editor||Gerald Wragg. Edited by Malcolm Williamson.|
|Binding. Pages. Year.||Paperback. 180 pages. 2017. Reprinted April 2018.|
Towards Vocal Freedom
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