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The Mechanics of Vocal Expression



 
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Second Edition with new material. This book is an introduction to some of the basic structures and principles of the vocal mechanism. When embodied, these principles offer an exciting and dynamic process for unfolding our physical voice to express what we experience, feel, think and cherish.The book includes exercises and suggestions for how we can deepen our awareness of them.

The structures of the voice are explored in the three major attributes of phonation: pitch, intensity and vowel production. There is also a brief look at the function of consonants in setting the rhythm or boundaries of phonation, which offers recuperation to the vocalizing structures.


  • Section I – the oral and nasal cavities, their structure, and the consonants.
  • Section II – the larynx: its structure and function in registration (pitch, intensity and muscular balance/imbalance of the vocal cords).
  • Section III – the pharynx: its structure and function in resonation (overtones, vowel production, vowel scales, vowel color and the continuum of expression and communication).

What people are saying about The Mechanics of Vocal Expression:

"Co-teaching and studying with Bonnie at the School for Body-Mind Centering ® in the early 1980s was for me one of those truly rare life-changing experiences both personally and professionally. Her unique insights into the process of vocalization and their implications for health are of the highest importance and directly shaped my study of North Indian Vocal Music. So profoundly subtle are her revelations and methodologies for understanding the relationship between vocal production and the body's influence on the voice, that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to presenting them to a wider audience. All singers, actors and health practitioners will do well to avail themselves of Bonnie's perceptive approach to vocal pedagogy. She is one of the great teachers of our time!"
B. Randall McClellan, PhD. Professor Emeritus, author of "The Healing Forces of Music: History, Theory and Practice". (1987 & 2000)

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As faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center, I teach a course in "Embodiment and Expression for Musicians and Singers". Having Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen's manual The Mechanics of Vocal Expression at my fingertips provides me with many tools and resources to understand and facilitate the intricacies of effortless vocal production and how it relates to hearing, breathing and movement. Through exercises and explorations, which bring kinesthetic awareness of our vocal structures, my students and myself have found ways to balance, articulate and express our speaking and singing voices. I highly recommend this manual for anyone wanting to free their voice for speaking, singing and performance."
Sonja Riket, Faculty San Francisco Community Music Center, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, Feldenkrais® Teacher and Dance Educator


"Of all the forms of expression, the human voice holds perhaps the greatest potential for touching, moving, and healing others. In The Mechanics of Vocal Expression, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen provides the somatic explorer with an exquisite set of tools for expanding the sense of self through finding and developing the voice. Bonnie’s unique and ground-breaking approach illuminates the anatomical and physiological processes through which we produce and shape vocal sound and language, encouraging us to bring awareness and sensation to the subtle structures that transform breath into voice. This book offers simple yet powerful somatic explorations that serve to ground the voice in the body, to expand our range of expression, and to strengthen presence in ways that are both playful and profound."
Rabbi Diane Elliot, RSMT; Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®; Director of Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body

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