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Voice and Diction
Transcript of Voice and Diction
Why is knowing about your voice and how it works
A couple of possible answers.
- It's a way to communicate.
- It's a muscle, so if it is damaged, it will never be the same.
- With practice, you can deepen or heighten the sound of your voice.
-You can talk/speak/sing louder without harming your voice.
- If you're a singer/rapper, you can make your notes last longer using one breath.
Lets look at the anatomy of everything first!
Because I know you want to so badly, I can
tell by your excited faces.....
How it works:
Your lungs provide flow of air as you exhale, which
is forced through your vocal cords, causing them to vibrate.
The vibration then produces sound which passes through your throat and past your tongue, lower jaw, and lips, where it is molded into vowel and consonant sounds to produce speech.
How breathing works:
Think of it like an air compressor that is always running.
Under your rib cage is a thick muscle called the
diaphragm lowers, pushes your chest out.
diaphragm rises, chest contracts and pushes
air out of the
Lets do some vocal and breathing exercises!
Did you feel dumb/embarrassed to
do those vocal and breathing exercises?
Well you shouldn't....
Most all singers
and rappers have vocal coaches,
and do the exact same exercises we
just did to warm-up their voices before
they go into the studio or perform.
Not to mention, athletes have to
train themselves to breathe correctly
in order to perform better.
Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Kevin Durant
Moving ONWARD to
, ENUNCIATION, and
Note: The larger your audience, the more conscious
you need to be about your breathing. Inhale through
your nose, and as you speak, pace your exhalation.
Why is this important?
Lets improv a bit!
I need 3 volunteers.
Rules: You can ONLY say
Use nonverbal skills like
(rate,volume,tone, inflection,pitch) to keep the scene moving.
- Miscommunication can happen.
- You sound unintelligible and lazy.
Because if you don't...
- Your audience cannot clearly understand you.
Exercises: (Say this S-L-O-W-L-Y at first
and OVER enunciate. We will say this a couple
of times, each time will be faster.)
"Diction is done with the tip
of the tongue and the teeth."
- Pen vs. Pin
They way you speak leaves strong impressions
Now, it's time to put everything together!
Tongue Twisters Challenge!
Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents
I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.
As I was in Arkansas I saw a saw that could out saw any saw I ever saw saw.
If you happen to be in Arkansas and see a saw that can out saw the saw I saw
saw I'd like to see the saw you saw saw.
How many berries could a bare berry carry,
if a bare berry could carry berries?
Well they can't carry berries
(which could make you very wary)
but a bare berry carried is more scary!
How much caramel can a canny canonball cram in a camel if a canny canonball can cram caramel in a camel?
Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze.
That's what made these three free fleas sneeze.
Knife and a fork bottle and a cork
that is the way you spell New York.
Chicken in the car and the car can go,
that is the way you spell Chicago.
Fresh fried fish,
Fish fresh fried,
Fried fish fresh,
Fish fried fresh.
Betty Botter bought some butter but, said she, the butter's bitter.
If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter will make my bitter batter better.
So she bought some better butter, better than the bitter butter,
put it in her bitter batter, made her bitter batter better.
So 't was better Betty Botter bought some better butter.
If you can't can any candy can,
how many candy cans can a candy canner can
if he can can candy cans ?
We will say this one 3 times. First time is a whisper,
second time is louder, third time is loudest.
"Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot.
We'll be together, whatever the weather,
whether we like it or not!"
Write your own tongue twisters!
Simaltaneous Sales Pitch:
Two "salesman" are going to try to sell the audience a random product at the same time. Use paralinguistic abilities to persuade the audience.
The audience can only listen to the verbal communication, so audience members need to have their eyes closed.