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Exercising breathing and vocal control

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Rick Allen Lippert: It's important to be relaxed when you are on-camera, and nothing relaxes you better than breathing. Breath-support also allows for better vocal performance. Many people talk literally through their noses, because it's what they've always done. Ray, can you let us hear what that sounds like. Ray: Solar power is no longer restricted to the wealthy, privileged, or technologically savvy. We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers.

Exercising breathing and vocal control

Rick Allen Lippert: It's important to be relaxed when you are on-camera, and nothing relaxes you better than breathing. Breath-support also allows for better vocal performance. Many people talk literally through their noses, because it's what they've always done. Ray, can you let us hear what that sounds like. Ray: Solar power is no longer restricted to the wealthy, privileged, or technologically savvy. We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers.

Rick Allen Lippert: Quite nasally, thank you! Other people talk straight from their throat. It may be okay in conversation, but the voice doesn't project very well, because it's essentially closed and there's no breath support. Ray, let us hear how that sounds. Ray: Solar power is no longer restricted to the wealthy, privileged, or technologically savvy. We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers. Rick Allen Lippert: Quite closed, isn't it? The most resonant voice for both males and females is the one that has full breath support. We call this your natural voice.

Now Ray and I have already been practicing. Ray, let's hear your strong natural voice. Ray: Solar power is no longer restricted to the wealthy, privileged, or technologically savvy. We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers. Rick Allen Lippert: Very nice. Your natural voice isn't the voice you may have always used, it's the voice you would naturally have, if it were supported properly. How do you get there? Well, let's start by breathing in through the nose and exhaling.

Go ahead and do that. Do that again. Do you feel your chest expand? Breathe in again, and this time, make sure you let your stomach pooch out. When you inhale, the diaphragm under your lungs pushes down on your stomach, forcing it to pooch out. One more time, this time exhale through your mouth. Do this again, this time when you exhale, make a sound like this.

Ahhhhh. Rick Allen Lippert: Yeah, yeah do that again. Rick Allen Lippert: You let your sound drop from your throat through your chest down as far as it can go without forcing it. See how long you can exhale and make that sound. (video playing) Rick Allen Lippert: When you can't go any longer, you have found your natural voice. Now you're really using your diaphragm.

This is where your voice should emanate. Ray, let's hear that sound again. Ray: Solar power is no longer restricted to the wealth,y privileged, or technologically savvy. We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers. Rick Allen Lippert: That sounds great. Sounds a lot better, don't you think? Ray: It sure did. Rick Allen Lippert: Feels better too, doesn't it? Ray: Yeah, I could feel the difference. Rick Allen Lippert: Yeah. I do this same breathing and relaxing technique whenever I'm about to do any narrating.

Ever noticed that most narrators wear headphones, and not just wimpy little earbuds, but big, honking cans? The reason why is not just to hear themselves, it's to help them lower their voice down to their natural register. And you can do the same thing even if you don't have any headphones. Ray, I want you to try the line again, but this time I want you to go back to your nasal voice. Ray: We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers.

Rick Allen Lippert: Okay, now I want you to cup your hands, I'll hold the script, I want you to cup your hands tightly over your head and just try to use your nasal voice as you read the line. Ray: We've moved beyond the novelty of solar calculators and watches into a reality where solar power substantially reduces energy bills for all customers. Rick Allen Lippert: What do you think? Does it help you find your natural voice? Ray: Yeah, I can feel a difference too. Rick Allen Lippert: Yeah, that's good! Rick Allen Lippert: Of course, you can't go through life with your hands cupped to your ears, but you can use this technique to train yourself as to what your voice should sound like.

My broadcasting professor chided me repeatedly, Lippert from the gut. Frankly, I didn't have a clue what he meant, because he didn't show us how to do it. It took me several years and a lot of training and practice to learn what I've just shown you. So now that you know the secret to finding your natural voice, I hope you practice. Try the exhaling exercise while driving in your car. Voices over microphones sound best coming from the gut, really using your diaphragm. And since any video recording you'll do requires a microphone, using your natural voice supported by proper breath control will make you sound better.

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