Your Body, Your Voice
The Key to Natural Singing and Speaking
In this innovative book, Theodore Dimon, EdD, shows how each part of the vocal organ (breathing, larynx, throat, and so on) works as part of a larger musculoskeletal system that is often interfered with, and how identifying this larger system and understanding in a practical way how it works allows a person to train and improve the voice, whether speaking or singing. Traditional vocal training methods, says Dimon, cannot be effective without restoring the functioning of the musculature that supports the voice.
Enhanced with over 50 detailed full-color illustrations, the book discusses the fallacy of traditional breathing exercises and explains that the key to efficient breathing lies in the expansive support of the trunk and rib cage. Investigating the elements needed to produce a strong supported tone, Dimon describes the importance of voice “placement,” or directing the sound to a part of the body in order to produce a fully rounded, resonant tone. He identifies harmful patterns of speech and singing, and offers helpful methods for reestablishing the natural function of the vocal mechanism. Individual chapters cover elements of the whispered “ah,” producing a pure sung tone, vocal registers, the suspensory muscles of the larynx, and more.
About the Author
The director of the Dimon Institute in New York City, Theodore Dimon, EdD, teaches and lectures internationally. A founding director of the American Society for the Alexander Technique, he lives in New York City.
—Alan Rickman, renowned actor and theater director
“Theodore Dimon’s Your Body, Your Voice is a godsend in tackling and elucidating the technical mysteries of voice production. The result is a factual, logical, objective, and practical perspective that exposes many fallacies existing today under the name of ‘vocal technique.’ Anyone who is genuinely serious about singing will find extraordinarily simple and liberating truths about how the body can embody the voice in the most spontaneous and natural manner.”
—Malcolm Walker, professor of voice at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris