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(2) The development of a flexible chest by means of breathing exercises, which will also include a flexibility of the abdominal muscles. This can only be effected by exercises of the proper breathing muscles. Development of the chest by its external muscles is likely to cause stiffness and rigidity of the chest walls.
(3) The development of the muscles of the articulator!/ organs, comprising the muscles of the lips, the jaw, the cheek, the tongue, the soft palate, and the pharynx, so that they may become flexible and easily governed by the will.
In a concise practical treatise on voice it is impossible to do full justice to each of the above sections: the voice itself as vocal sound has to be kept always in the foreground. It will be found therefore that in this book much more has been written about Section 3 than about Sections 1 and 2. The first two sections will be treated separately at a later date.
The treatise is intended for voice-users generally, singers, clergymen, barristers, actors, public speakers, and lecturers, but more especially for teachers, who are probably the greatest voice-users, and therefore most in need of voice-training. The reason why such a large percentage of teachers lose their voices is that, as they have so much voice work to do, any improper use of their vocal organ sooner or later damages its more delicate parts. Both the cure and the prevention in almost all cases is to be found in the scientific physical education of the vocal organ. Prevention is always certain, and so is better than cure.
The treatise includes all the voice-training that is mentioned in the regulations of the Board of Education for the Teacher's Certificate Examination. It is absolutely