talking tips #1

Spring/Autumn has started in both hemispheres. 🌷🍂🌺🍁 Maybe now’s the time to think about basics.

Many of us take our speaking voice for granted until we have a problem. Here are some ideas to think about and try. They should help you keep talking. 😉

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Below is an exploration of sound — what it is, and how animals make it and use it to communicate.

Please have a listen and let me know what you think.

The Royal Institute’s Christmas Lectures, 2017 began with the lecture, “Say it with Sound.”

To tease you a bit, here’s an outline of what’s covered.

  • 0 min. The recording Voyage carried.
  • 2 min. Making Mold, the rat, laugh.
  • 5 min. Crickets’ wing sounds.
  • 7 min. Structure makes a difference.
  • 8 min. Seeing sound with a giant slinky.
  • 13 min. Sounds inaudible to humans.
  • 19 min. Mosquitos’ love duet.
  • 24 min. How cockroaches hiss.
  • 27 min. A camera and a working larynx.
  • 33 min. Why the audience is blowing raspberries.
  • 34 min. Balloons, a shower curtain and a leaf blower.
  • 37 min. Why Resonance?
  • 38 min. Christmas baubles and breaking a wine glass.
  • 43 min. Strings and tea chests.
  • 45 min. How tea chests are like vocal tracts.
  • 47 min. Male deer and mens’ voices.
  • 51 min. Reeps* demos plosive sounds (think consonants).
  • 54 min. Beat boxing meets Verdi.
  • *** GRAND FINALE ***

*Reeps One is an extra on beat boxing, in case you’re interested.

Giving Voice,” The New Yorker, 2013; by John Colapinto If you really wat to get into some details, here’s an excellent article.

A note to parents of young singers:

The human voice doesn’t mature until approximately 30 years of age for women, and later for men, which helps explain why so many men’s voices seem to fluctuate between tenor and baritone for so long.

Remember that boys’ voices shift downward during their teen years. Young women have a much less noticeable shift, and consequently reach vocal maturity sooner.

A note to maturing singers:

Both men and women may experience a deepening in vocal quality as they mature, but this does not mean an inability to sing higher notes. Sometimes the physical technique may need to shift slightly to accommodate body changes, but if the technique is solid to begin with, it should be a matter of slight adjustments.

Talking tips #2.

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