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Review: Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances

Can an e-book help you connect with audiences?

Item: Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances by Jeannie Deva (e-book)

Price: 14.00-16.00 (USD); it is available on iBookstore/Kindle and many other eReaders – for pcs and macs. UK buyers can purchase a kindle edition at the US price.

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At a Glance: Jeannie Deva investigates all of the areas she believes contributes to the goal of an unforgettable vocal performance. It appears that no stone has been left unturned as Deva shares views on vocal care, diet, attitudes, relationships, set lists, developing a unique style, technology, auditions, performance anxiety and much more. There are 55 exercises embedded in the text and the book has been coordinated with its own YouTube channel to reinforce central themes.

High Notes: Those who are new to singing and performing will find this a very accessible book – Deva keeps readers engaged through questions, illustrations and video examples; there is also a helpful glossary at the back of the book. However, Deva also challenges seasoned singers to consider how they might re-think their vocal work to become more powerfully grounded in their music and connected to their audiences. The section on technology, gear and sound systems goes far beyond what one finds in other books of this genre.

Off Pitch: Singers who read music might have preferred that Deva had made use of musical notation with her examples; these are, instead, listening examples. However, Deva is committed to translating her ideas to singers who may not have a background in music theory.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The market is flooded right now with a number of e-books for singers which are often little more than 20-page opinion pieces from vocal coaches trying to gain a following. Jeannie Deva, however, is the real thing: she is an accomplished vocal coach and educator, her client list is impressive and she is widely published in a number of trade journals. Readers should be aware that this is not a book solely on vocal technique – it covers a wide range of areas (see above). Unusual for vocalist books is the fact that nearly the last third of the book is dedicated to technology. Not only are there chapters on mics, monitors and vocal effects, there is even a chapter on mic stands. Singers who are afraid of technology will find Deva an especially informed and reliable guide.

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Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances

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  • SongBird

    Not for everyone. Some of the concepts covered are okay…song interpretation, learning lyrics…But her video channel is disorganized with instruction vids mixed in with ads for her instruction CDs. Filled with some loose theory, few written examples, it is more a $14 ad to buy her gear rather than offering much substance. Right out the gate she pushes Scientology which she is deeply involved. Save your cash, find her videos on YouTube and watch them instead.