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Pocket Coach offers time-saving and cost-effective
practice CDs featuring diction steps spoken by native
speakers and piano or orchestral accompaniments, and
sheet muic or music books with literal translations
printed underneath the original non-English lyrics.
Pocket Coach practice CDs allow singers to learn
they can make the most of lessons or coaching
sessions. They also help singers make the best use
of travel time by learning repertoire with Pocket
Coach while on the go.
Pocket Coach presents repertoire for the classical singer using the following study-steps. Check the listing for each CD to find the study steps featured on a particular CD. These study steps help singers learn repertoire efficiently, and correctly. Here are the study-steps and how they work:
Recitation Step. The native speaker fluently recites the words of the song or aria. This gives the singer a sense of the flow of the language, and a chance to learn the proper word stresses and the general feeling of the language.
Repetition Step. The native speaker slowly reads each phrase of the song or aria and then pauses to allow the singer to repeat immediately afterwards. This allows the singer to practice pronouncing each phrase like a language CD. This step quickly and efficiently teaches the mechanics of a language, like pronunciation of correct vowel sounds and double consonants, and builds the singer's confidence in singing in a foreign language. This step can also be used in memorizing a song by speaking each phrase in the pause before the speaker, giving the singer immediate feedback.
Diction Step. The non-English lyrics of the song or aria are spoken in rhythm while the melody is played on a separate channel by a flute. This helps the singer fit the words to the melody. This step is often used by professional coaches; it allows the singer to quickly learn or fine-tune the pronunciation of the lyrics.
Melody with Piano Accompaniment or Orchestral Accompaniment. The melody is played on one of the stereo channels while the piano or orchestral accompaniment is played on the other channel. This allows the singer to practice singing first with just melody, then gradually adding more accompaniment until the singer can sing with the accompaniment channel alone, using the balance control on a stereo system.
Translation. A literal word-for-word translation is given to help the singer develop his or her own personal interpretation of the song or aria. When knowing the meaning of each word, the singer can more effectively communicate with the audience. In the music books, literal translations are printed underneath the non-English lyrics. For both the complete Italian Art Song and German Lieder series, a translation booklet is provided. For the Gold Label Performance Series orchestral aria collections and single aria CDs, literal translations are printed on the back of the CD insert card.