I went looking for the Ottman book in the Boston Public library but got there too late and the stacks were closed for reference books. However, the librarian sent me to the general collection where the solfege books were shelved and although I did not see the Ottman book that should have been there, there were several copies of the Kodaly book. In his introduction, he stated that he believed that a student should have a singer
as a reference and never teach students to sing by using an instrument as the reference. He believes that singing will naturally come out right without the instrument and the temperament tuning of some instruments will mess this up.
Reading that is what lead me to think that getting a voice teacher might be the best route for me. Someone who could lead me in singing and I could follow. I am a very good mimic of sounds; I can call birds and frogs using vocalizations (because I cannot whistle) and get them to answer. So I know I am capable of making the sounds if I have a reference to copy. The problem is that I am not able to look at the note and hit the correct pitch or interval(yet). For me, descending pitches are the killer. A teacher may be able to help with that.
I also need to know the best ways to warm up those 58 year old vocal cords.
In the shower the other morning, I tried to sing do re mi.... and found that I had to sing the first three intervals ascending and descending a few times before adding another one. Rust had accumulated on my vocal cords over night! A cup of coffee did wonders to help, too!
When the sun shines, bask.
Classical Guitar forever!