Non-fiction's so much easier than fiction - it is, after all, stuff that's happened, it doesn't need imagining. 11,122 words in about 15 days. Sorry, only of interest to me and 16 gerontocrats not resident in SE England.
A late-life adventure
Intro: What this book is not; possibly unique given my age. Classical. Singing not instrumental.
Ch. 1. My first lesson.
Ch. 2. Aims and expectations. The pleasures. The hard stuff and the easy stuff. Personal taste. Sentimentality. Duets.
Ch. 3. The score.
Ch. 4. Unexpected difficulties.
Ch. 5. The tools: keyboard, YouTube, buying scores, Musecore, TV masterclasses.
Ch. 6. The teacher: the intangible essentials. Gender. Sing with smile. Stop singing piece that has become a burden. Ways of encouragement. Language. V description.
Ch. 7. The teacher: the method. The complexities of warm-up. The rainbow. Terminal consonants. The technicalities (limited because of age; identification of voice). Choice of new pieces. Ability to recognise what new pieces offer. Examples of new pieces analysed.
Ch. 8. Homework; using computer (dangers); varying practice; choosing one’s additional songs (simple, narrow range to develop tone and expression).
Ch. 9. Measuring one’s own progress, inc. listening to performances differently.
Ch. 10. Talking to other singers. Joining choir?
Ch. 11. Beginner, me? Not exactly. Familiarity with music. Enthusiasm. Ability to be moved