Printed books

Think Afresh book coverArthur D. Hewlett

Think Afresh About the Voice: A General Theory and a Guide to Practice

(Published by CMC, London, 1970)

This is a guide to the theory and practice of White’s Technique written by personal student of E.G.W.’s.

Chapters: 1, Voice: a general theory; 2, The vocal instrument; 3, Vocal practice; 4, In choirs and classes; 5, Could White be right? 6, Thinking round the subject; Appendixes (E.G.W.: a biographical note; The EGWS; Teaching material; Songs for teaching; Papers presented to the AOTOS 1977 and 1978)

The paperback version of Think Afresh About the Voice is in print and available from Amazon.

Ernest George White’s books

Ernest George White wrote a series of three books in which, he said, “I have set down my discoveries on the subject of voice, and explained as clearly as I am able the principles of Sinus Tone Production [now known as White’s Technique]”.

The books are not currently in print, but second-hand copies are available from Amazon.


Ernest George White

Science and Singing

(This book was first published as Science and Singing in 1909. It was then revised and reprinted three times as The Voice Beautiful. The 5th edition was revised and reset as Science and Singing in 1938, and published by J.M. Dent, London.)

In this, his first book, E.G.W. puts forward his theory that the head sinuses are “the seat of vocal tone production” and gives an account of the researches which led him to that conclusion.

Chapters: 1, Introduction; 2, Sinus tone production; 3, Vocal cord tone production; 4, The vocal mechanisms of lower animals; 5, Nerves; 6, Ventricular bands; 7, Inhalation and enunciation; 8, The artist; 9, Summary.


Ernest George White

Light on the Voice Beautiful

(Published in 1930 by James Clarke & Co., London)

The second of E.G.W.’s books recapitulates and replies to the controversies that Science and Singing caused, and collects together the arguments as they appeared in the newspapers and journals of the time.


Ernest George White

Sinus Tone Production

(Published in 1938 by J.M. Dent, London)

In his third and final book E.G.W. gives a fuller treatment of the theories behind his Technique and also explains how to use his ideas in practice.

Chapters: 1, The truth of sinus tone production; 2, The technique of sinus tone production; 3, The curative functions of sinus tone production; 4, The challenge of sinus tone production; 5, The artist; 6, Conclusion.


Peter Giles

A Basic Counter-tenor Method

The Society’s Registrar, Dr Peter D. Giles, is both a Registered Teacher of White’s Technique and the author of the acknowledged standard full-length works of reference on the countertenor voice.

His A Basic Counter-tenor Method: for Teacher and Student is a complete manual for both the teacher and the would-be countertenor, based on the principles of White’s Technique. The book first appeared in 1987 (Thames Publishing), with a revised edition in 2005 (Kahn and Averil).

The book can be found online via outlets such as Book Depository,  Amazon and Barnes and Noble . Rare, mint-condition copies are available from the author at a price of £14.95 plus p. & p. Click here to enquire.