Today today was my first day on my new pathway and I was really excited to get started on learning new skills and techniques that will hopefully help broaden my knowledge and help me develop my audition pieces further.
My technique class with Lynn was our weekly Voice Work where we work on all aspects of voice, such as accents, articulation, projection, tones, breath, and dynamic etc. I found the idea of having lessons solely focusing on voice really exciting as it is an area of acting that I love and always want to learn more about. My particular area of interest is accents and the physicality and technicality of how each sound is created and changes depending on the placement of your mouth.
We started the lesson by recapping the areas of voice that can be altered to create a certain affect during dialogue and that we would be working on in voice work classes. The components we identified were: Timbre, Articulation or Clarity, Pitch, range, Tempo, intonation, and Volume. Once we had discussed what each of these words actually meant and how it would affect a performance we looked at the importance of changing these qualities in varying ways in order to successfully engage a TIE audience. Obviously children have a much shorter attention span than our usual audiences, and are more susceptible to varying tune and intonation.
We discussed how important it is to use a wide pitch range when performing to small children for TIE as it immediately engages them and the chmages in pitch less likely to zone out. they respond better to a singsong voice that varies in tone and pitch, it’s more friendly,
Volume – too loud and you’ll scare the children, too quiet and they won’t hear you and will loose concentration, be aware of the size of the room depending on the size the volume will need to be adapted.
Articulation/clarity – the children need to understand every word you says or they won’t learn and will lose interest, making sure they don’t miss the important parts of information,
Breath in then on outbreath count up from one adding a number each time
‘Yes I will go stronger’ mantra using same technique
Breathing in and vocalising on out breath on a sss, ffff, mmmm, zzzz and using your arm moving guide the sound, when you run out of breathe drop the arm and I take breathe
Throwing vocal sounds to the wall
The huh exercise – standing in a circle and feeling the huh then using diaphragm and surprise else,not to project the voice with force
Bumble bumble bum – tongue should hit alvioli ridge (behind teeth) THERE IS NO W IT IS AN L
Use a different voice (accent or class etc) and say the ‘yes I will grow stronger’ paying attention to the vowel sounds
Grading your language
Pick vocabulary the group will understand
Explain what your saying
Finding simple ways of saying what you want to say