New York: Embassy Music Corporation, 1941. Softcover. By Frank Sinatra. Staplebound. Minor wear along spine. Minor crease to 6 pages in the top middle of pages. Minor crease to upper corner of all pages, including front and rear cover. Minor foxing, and two small stains along spine. Minor staining along upper part of rear cover. Some minor scratching to front and rear cover. 32 pp.
Exceedingly rare, Very Good. Item #75558
One of the rarest Frank Sinatra collectibles "out" there -- when you're lucky enough to find it. Written in collaboration with Old Blue Eyes's vocal teacher, John Quinlan. "...Quinlan began by training Sinatra’s body from feet to pelvis to neck to temples, remolding it as a reservoir for polished tone. His breath was inflated to accommodate long, smooth notes with constancy. The mouth that, in speech, wrenched itself into Joisey knots was reprogrammed into masks of widened, relaxed singing positions. These masks—a face for every phoneme—were cross-referenced with different modes and shifts in melody, which made all Sinatra’s sounds blend into one another. By 1941, five years after his first Quinlan lesson, the Sinatra sound figure-skated out of the nation’s radios, a presence you knew to be his at first note, a flood of lacquered sound. The thirty-two-page “Tips” claimed it could work similar magic on any interested body and face, for just seventy-five cents..." 'Tips' devotes most of its pages to sixteen chromatic passages, sung in fragments of near-gibberish, which the pupil is to repeat again and again, building the muscle memory of his breath, face, and chords...This 'Tips' coaching aims for the exact delivery that shaped what is arguably America’s longest singing career. It was a sound that was popular both for its refinement and for its ease: a girded, articulate, and balletic voice. And also, if we are to believe 'Tips' a teachable one..."
Elena Passarello in "Teach Me Tonight" an article in Better Magazine, Issue No. 1.