Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The sound of my voice

I've been listening to Carol Flemming's "The Sound of Your Voice" and its definitely a good listen. Quick points are:
-Most of us are conscious of what we sound like to others, and at least try to tune our voices to the appropriate occasion.
-Unfortunately, what we hear is not what the people we're talking to hears because the voice we hear is the sound that resonates through our jaw and skull, so we might think we're tuning our voices so that it sounds deep, rich, and full, but it might sound shallow, soft, and monotone.
-In a business setting we might even lower our voices, thinking we are making it sound more professional, when in fact, we are making it sound more monotone, soft, and shallow.
-Today, I was listening to a section on the octave and pitch. And that to make our voices sound interesting, we should have a normal speaking pitch so we can reach a few notes up and dip down comfortably about 4 notes down. Testing myself, I realized I was speaking at a baseline pitch about 1 note too low. Where it matters is when you fluctuate the pitch from baseline to high, and to low. When you can't hit that low note, your voice is no longer producing the sound of your choice, or worse, you're trying to say a word, and your voice just cuts off.

For males, I think the lower the voice we have symbolizes more manliness, and going higher is not the path I wanted to head down. But a single note is probably not even distinguishable as most of us aren't keeping tabs of what pitch our friends are speaking with. Trying to adjust my baseline of speech from the low "Do" to the next note "Re" is not gonna be an easy task, but I think its going to be a worthwhile investment because it'll mean that I'll have a better range to communicate better with, and my words dropping off at the end will only be at the fault of something else.

This is only a small section of the audiobook itself. Other things it talks about is:
-Keeping a constant stream of air so that your setence is more continuous (easier to listen to).
-Tips for sounding professional and not sounding like a child
-How to project your voice so the source isn't at the back of your throat, but is in your mouth and face.
And a good key term they keep on using is "vocal vitality", how people that have good voices we like to listen to have it, and people that drain the life out of the room are lacking it.

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