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VOCAL TECHNIQUE                     3
But if you do not possess the splendid voice ?
Then you decide to become a "Singer of Songs," as it is "so easy."
Because you ignore the art of the interpre­tation of a song!
Because you ignore the fact that there is in art no scale of "easiness," of "facility" !
Because you ignore the fact that art to be great, to be perfect, to be superior, must include all the arts in the one you choose!
Because you ignore the fact that the art which appears to you the most simple, the "easiest," requires the longest time for its perfection!
So, if you want to make a real career as a singer of songs, the career of a Chansonneur, you must have a long special voice training.
You must not be either a soprano or con­tralto, either a barytone, bass, or tenor, you must be a soprano and contralto, you must be barytone, bass, and tenor, all in one.
This will prevent you from singing a song as a "uniform" work, like an operatic part.
The singers who have what is called "one register" normally placed, like operatic stars, are out of question for the art of singing a song. Their voices can be as fine as possible, if they

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