The Voice Culture

Witherspoon's Fads and Fancies Part 2 Ep. 9

Episode Summary

Impressions of Kari Ragan’s recent book, “A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application.” Herbert Witherspoon's "Fads and Fancies", showing us that some gimmicks change very little over time.

Episode Notes

Brian and Justin dive into Kari Ragan’s newest book, “A Systematic Approach to Voice: The Art of Studio Application.” The book is a great resource for the studio in the tradition of other practical application pedagogy texts. Getting a student to the sensation of singing using tools for kinesthetic awareness has a long historical tradition, echoed also in the work of Herbert Witherspoon as mentioned in this episode. We just have to be aware of when we might slip into the paradigm of ‘Dumbo’s feather.’  The second portion goes into even more of Witherspoon’s “Fads and Fancies” from his 1925 book, and Brian and Justin discuss what’s changed and what stayed the same.