This is my 50th post! I wanted to commemorate the moment so I decided this…
Vocal sound is interesting. Especially in the sung variant. We perceive each individual tone, syllable, pitch, and construct a whole. As the person crafting this whole song, presentation, or speech we are very engaged with these individual components — The pitches, rhythms, phrases, pauses, and volume. All of these are important but it is how they connect that matters most.
The space between two notes, two words, two syllables, and then the space that reaches forth to the next. That magical space between two points in where air engagement becomes authority, power, vulnerability, and beauty.
The offering today is to notice and engage with those connective spaces perhaps with one of the exercises below. For singers, ascending or descending half-steps oscillating between /i/ and /u/ can be a fun exploration of these spaces. For speakers, slowing down a line or even your name to comical stretched proportions and then returning reluctantly to normal speed.
This Friday at 12:30 pm EDT, Gina will be live on FB. These will be short voice alignment sessions aimed at voice skills building. Watch it on the GROW Voice FB page. I hope to see you there.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.