Do you want to be heard?


I think many people are not convincing in their response to that question, perhaps because:


Simply OPENING YOUR MOUTH makes a huge difference.

Slacken the lower jaw and open your mouth until you are able to fit two fingers (one resting on the other, not side-by-side!) between your teeth. The difference in volume, clarity and quality is substantial.

Just try speaking with your teeth clamped together and barely moving your lips (as if you were impersonating a ventriloquist!)  Can you hear how muddy and indistinct you sound (bottle of beer becomes ‘gottle of geer’)

 

THE VOICE MECHANISM:


The moment you feel tense, the first place affected is your throat, physically tightening and restricting the voice mechanism.  

When working with the voice, use a variety of situations that will vary your experience - from comic to serious, the fast-moving and excitable to the tranquil and calm, from the noisy to the secretive.


Breathing is at the heart of all voice work.       

If you don’t support your voice with sufficient breath, you will soon tire and strain your voice.


BREATHING EXERCISES


Using just one breath for each task, count aloud :



 

Extend a phrase on one breath:


Where are you going in such a hurry?


Tip: Keep extending the phrase, without losing your breath connection,  the loose jaw or your light articulation.


Where are you going in such a hurry

            this fine Sunday morning

            when the bells are ringing,

            the birds are singing,

the sun is shining

(Beware of making the items in this list of bells/birds/sun have the same sing-song ordinariness)


Where are you going in such a hurry

            this fine Sunday morning

            when the bells are ringing

            the birds are singing

the sun is shining

and everything invites you to take your time

(Dont’t rush breathlessly through ’take your time’!)


Where are you going in such a hurry

            this fine Sunday morning

            when the bells are ringing

            the birds are singing

the sun is shining

and everything invites you to take your time

and stay a short while for a friendly talk?

(Beware of swallowing the final word - there’s a big difference between a friendly tour and a talk!)

Voice : Projection