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Singing 101

Vocal Basics and Fundamental Singing Skills for All Styles and Abilities
By: Nancy Bos
Narrated by: Nancy Bos
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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THE SINGLE BEST TOOL EVERY SINGER NEEDS TO BUILD, IMPROVE, AND GROW THEIR VOICE.

Beyond any other art form, singing is the most personal and expressive way for people to reach out to each other. Whether for professional goals of entertaining, healing or activism, or more personal goals like sharing music with family, friends, and community, singing is the human gift we cannot live without.

Singing 101: Vocal Basics and Fundamental Singing Skills for All Styles and Abilities is the fastest way to increase singing abilities. It empowers singers with knowledge and practical application through exercises and techniques. Nancy Bos, a vocologist with decades of experience working with all ages of singers, provides easy-to-understand explanations of technical concepts, with tips for practical application.

Singing 101 includes chapters on breath, body alignment, tension, resonance, style, and voice classifications. THE AUDIOBOOK VERSION CONTAINS OVER 30 MINUTES OF BONUS VOCAL WORKOUT MUSIC AND INSTRUCTION and extensive examples for the listener/singer to sing with.

You’ll learn:

· Why thoughtful understanding of the body helps you sing better · Strategic thinking about tackling a song · How to work on your vocal strength and agility with a few key exercises each day · How to balance technique with stage presence · Exercises that grow the skills of a modern singer · Get in on the wisdom of centuries of teachers with tried and true exercises set to music that will appeal to today’s singer.

Nancy Bos is a voice teacher and singer with over two decades of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. She is a coach and consultant working with high profile singers and studios, guiding them into some of the best singing they’ve ever done. In Singing 101, she has gathered vocal wisdom learned through generations of voice teachers sharing their successful strategies, as well as contributions from modern science, in a collection of advice and exercises for the modern singer.

©2005 Nancy Bos (P)2016 Nancy Bos
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  • Christine Newton
  • 03-03-2017

Interesting and well executed :)

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This audiobook was much more interesting and informative than I initially thought it would be. It's short in length but packed full of helpful information and exercises to improve one's vocal abilities.

The narration was absolutely excellent. I suppose that's to be expected, given the author's background and training, but Nancy Bos' voice suited the content of this audiobook perfectly. She has a good teacher's voice!

There were vocal exercises, of course, but what added value for me was the explanation of how our voices are affected by fundamental things like breathing and posture. She did a good job of describing postures and breathing as I started each exercise, with good examples/descriptions/analogies to help ensure that I was doing the exercise correctly. I suppose that audiobooks can be tricky that way for this subject area -- we don't have any diagrams to visualize like a reader of a printed book would have. So instead, we need to rely on the narrator to get us to where we need to be for each exercise. I feel that Nancy did a great job with that, with her encouragement, and with teaching us the exercises but coaching us through them.

I also enjoyed hearing her talk about the vocabulary and the practice of singing. As a young person, many many years ago, I took music instrument lessons so I'm generally familiar with music terminology (e.g., staccato, legato); however, I was never quite clear about things like voice classifications in popular music versus classical music. And I'm always interested in hearing what vocal teachers have to say about pop singers. As we already suspect, some pop singers are better vocalists than others -- Nancy helps us understand these differences.

So, for an audiobook that is relatively short in terms of total duration, I think that it's absolutely well worth the investment. I have lots and lots of audiobooks in my listening library on my iPod and this is one that I won't be archiving in the near future. I'm not planning to audition for a musical, but I would like my significant other to stop cringing when I sing along to the radio. I think Nancy's audiobook can help with that ;)

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  • Susan Bos
  • 30-03-2017

Right on the Mark

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The pure joy of singing comes out in every lesson. Nancy does a very professional job.

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  • Teresa
  • 07-03-2017

Comprehensive and Interactive Basics for Anyone

Singing 101 was not only a GREAT introduction to the basics of singing but also a FUN way of learning. Nancy Bos is a wonderful and positive vocal coach and I would highly recommend this audiobook for anyone.

I listened to Singing 101 in one sitting and also did the exercises. This is indeed vocal exercises and Nancy Bos does them first so you can hear what they should sound like, then she does them with you and lastly, you do them on your own.

The greatest thing about this audiobook for me is that I have a tween-aged grandson who is an aspiring singer/vocalist. He's never had a lesson or been in choir yet he has a naturally perfect pitch. When he stays over, I listen to him sing the National Anthem and America the Beautiful over and over again and I'm just in awe as to where this boy gets this from. I've suggested a voice coach or choir but now, NOW I can get him started. I'm thrilled. Thank you so, so much.

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  • Peo
  • 11-04-2020

Very slow and boring

This is not a good book it almost put me to sleep while listening to the audio speak and demonstrate voice techniques.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 22-04-2017

Sing for enjoyment

What made the experience of listening to Singing 101 the most enjoyable?

She gave me hope that anyone can sing for their own pleasure

What other book might you compare Singing 101 to and why?

This is my first how to for singing so I have nothing to compare it to.

What does Nancy Bos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I felt her encouragement throughout the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked how she was honest enough to tell you that for more intense learning for a particular genre you needed a voice teacher/coach.

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"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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  • Amber
  • 21-03-2017

Great Book

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This is a great book for anyone who enjoys singing. It introduces the listener to the basics of singing and exercises to improve vocal abilities. The narrator did a great job.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Believer50
  • 21-03-2017

Good

I got this via audiobook boom. It is a good listen to help people who want to sing better and for those of us who think we can sing and need help understanding that we will never be stars and will always be backup or shower singers. But it is okay to be those. Everyone can't be the lead. The body has only one head and then two or more of everything else so us backups are pretty important as well. That being said this was a good listen.

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  • cyndi
  • 13-03-2017

Great for anyone who enjoys singing!

Nancy Bos is the author and narrator and explains that she is a voice teacher.This is a great intro to voice lessons and Nancy Bos does recommended seeking someone locally to continue your vocal study. I did find this book helpful as it has vocal exercises and gives great detailed information on what to do. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • papapownall
  • 04-03-2020

Sing out loud, sing out strong

There is a lot about this audible book that I really liked. It gives practical advice as to how you should prepare your body for singing and how to use your diaphragm to control your breathe and sustain notes. This is all good stuff and essential to anyone who wants to sing to any standard.
However, this is very short indeed at just over an hour and a half and it is a shame that more could have been made of this opportunity to publish an audible singing guide that gives the listener more. True, some of the exercises can be repeated and used as practice aids for the budding singer, the only problem being that the backing "music" sounds like it has been recorded on either a Bontempi or Casio keyboard from the 1980s than cost £12.99 from Argos. It really could have been so much better than this.

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  • Rod Smith
  • 17-06-2019

Very good jumping in point for vocal training.

I really liked this. There is a lot of breathing, posture fundamentals for the first half, which might put off the "I wanna sing great NOW" brigade, but it's all needed, and then about half way through Nancy gets into some great vocal exercises for the rest of the audiobook which will definitely challenge and advance your singing voice. Stick with it. Will listen to this over and over again.