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Owner's Manual to the Voice A Guide for Singers and Other Professional Voice Users

ISBN-10: 0199964688
ISBN-13: 9780199964680
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to "own," just like other musicians, their instrument. The Owner's Manual to the Voice provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachel Gates, and co-authors L. Arrick Forest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user - whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, lawyer, salesperson or telemarketer - will find helpful if not essential.

List of Figures, Tables, and Video Clips
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
How to Use This Book
About the Companion Website
Introduction
Your Instrument at a Glance
Where Is It?
Bodymapping
The Basic Mechanics
The Many Functions of the Larynx
The Singer as an Athlete
Buff, With Abs of Steel
Sleep
Nutrition
Foods to Avoid and Why
Body Movement
Vocal Maintenance
Vocalizing
Mouth Breathing Versus Nose Breathing
Vocal Hazards
Vocal Myths
Troubleshooting
Indirect Culprits
Asthma
Allergies
Dehydration
Obesity
Premenstrual Syndrome
Pregnancy
Menopause
Old Age
Arthritis
Reflux and Heartburn
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
What Purpose Does the ENT Clinic Serve and How Will It Serve You?
The ENT Clinic
The Voice Specialists
Working as a Team
A Vocalist�s Guide to Finding the Right ENT
Why Go?
Whom to Ask
What to Ask
The First Visit and Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
What They Need to Know About You and Why
Instruments Used in the Clinic
Understanding Hygiene in the Clinic
What They Will Do, Where They Will Probe, and Why
A Partnership in Performance
Diagnose With the Doctor-Don't be Left Out!
How Voice Specialists See Your Instrument
Semantics
Synonyms: A Rosetta Stone for Voice and Medical Professionals
Misnomers
Terms to Avoid
Common Pathologies and Disorders in Singers and Possible Treatments
Laryngeal Edema and Erythema
Laryngitis
Vocal Fold Hemorrhage
Vocal Fold Varix
Vocal Fold Nodules
Vocal Fold Cyst
Vocal Fold Polyp
Polypoid Corditis
Vocal Fold Bowing
Sulcus Vergeture
Laryngeal Granuloma
Laryngeal Contact Ulcers
Laryngeal Web
Laryngeal Papilloma
Muscle Tension Dysphonia
Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis and Paresis
Arytenoid Dislocation
Laryngeal Sicca
Essential Vocal Tremor
Vocally Hazardous Drugs
Allergy and Cold Medications
Antibiotics
Anxiety Medications/Antidepressants/Mood Stabilizers
Asthma Medications
Blood Pressure Medications (Antihypertensives)
Blood Thinners
Cough Suppressants (Antitussives)
Dermatologic Drugs
Diarrhea Medications/Antispasmodics
Gastrointestinal/Reflux Medications
Hormone Therapy
Nausea/Motion Sickness/Antidizziness Medications
Mucolytics
Pain Relievers
Sleep Aids
Steroids
Herbal Medications
Vitamin Supplements
Cautions to the Singer Undergoing Surgery
Aspects of the Surgical Process that Concern Singers
Postoperation Concerns
Common Problems Where Surgery Could Affect the Voice Mechanism
Microlaryngeal Surgery
Common Instruments and Materials Used in Microlaryngeal Surgery
A Hypothetical Microlaryngeal Phonosurgery
Scheduling
Check-In
Preoperative Care
The Operation
Postoperative Care
At Home
Common Questions Answered
What Gives Us Each Our Own Unique Sound?
Why Does My Recorded Voice Sound Different?
How Are Opera Singers Heard Over an Orchestra Without Amplification?
How Do I Avoid Getting Nodules?
What Are the Best/Worst Types of Beverages for My Voice Around Performances?
Should I Really Avoid Dairy Products While in Production?
How Much Time Should I Spend Warming Up Before a Lesson?
What Exactly Happens When My Voice Gets Hoarse?
What Happens When I Lose My Voice?
What Causes Vibrato?
To What Extent Is a Great Voice Determined by Vocal Physiology?
What Causes a Tickle?
My Voice Gets So Tired When I'm Trying to Memorize Music. What Should I Do?
What Do My Vocal Folds Look Like When I Sing a Whistle Tone?
Why Do Some Singers Find Vocal Agility Easy and Others Find It More Difficult?
Glossary
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Suffixes
Vocabulary
Bibliography
Index

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