This page will be all about the building of SWA Radio. We have had two EX about it and here is a test podcast for you to listen to. Sean’s Audition Podcast
I have made a site for hosting the SWA Radio whilst the Grade 10s design the site. You can see it here
Here is some information on Broadcasting training that we will go over on Wednesday.
Ready, set, warm up your voice!
“Good speech takes muscle.”
The muscles that produce speech can become weak and flabby just like the rest of us if they aren’t exercised or properly used. If your voice tires easily, sounds weak or doesn’t have a clear resonant sound or even if you have a good voice you’d like to make even better, this chapter is for you.
Just as it is important to stretch and warm up your body before a work out, it’s also important to stretch and warm up the muscles you use for speech.
Dr Miller uses these exercises to help her clients strengthen and rehabilitate their speaking voices. She has taught them to broadcasters, politicians, professional speakers and to people just like you. It’s helpful to sip water before and during these exercises.
Lets get started! Your vocal workout begins with….
This series of 5 lip flutters will help strengthen the vocal folds by providing resistance. The goal is to vibrate your lips with the least amount of effort. You can also get the same resistance effect by sticking out your tongue and making a “raspberry” sound or by trilling an “R.”
1. Lip flutters without sound
Close your lips and blow until you run out of air. Repeat three times.
2. Lip spurts without sound
Make a series of quick, staccato lip flutters. See how many spurts you can do on a single breath.
3. Lip flutters with sound.
Close your lips and blow while making a steady tone. Sustain the sound as long as you can. Repeat 3 times.
4. Lip flutters with ascending and descending scale
Flutter lips while making a sound from your lowest to your highest note.
- Lip flutter your favorite song
This is a challenging exercise that really develops breath control. While it may take some practice, it doesn’t have to be perfect to achieve the desired effect.
This exercise improves pitch range and vocal muscle tone. It’s great for flat or monotone voices. It stretches your vocal folds to keep them flexible and healthy.
While saying “who”, glide a siren sound from your lowest to your highest note. Keep your voice soft and nasal. Try to perform the glide smoothly without any breaks. Keep your voice forward and out of the back of your throat. Don’t raise your shoulders. It’s okay if your voice “squeaks.” Eventually you will be able to do this exercise without any breaks as you glide from your highest to your lowest pitch.
This exercise helps you locate your facial mask and find your optimal speaking pitch. Picture an inverted triangle, or mask-like shape, that stretches from your two sinuses to your larynx. When you speak from the mask, your voice is amplified by the resonating chambers in your face, mouth and throat. Your voice sounds strong and resonant and you are able to speak without strain. To find the facial mask, say “mmmm” until you feel your lips vibrate. Don’t be shy or soft. Give it a good strong, loud “mmm” until you feel your lips and nose tingle. Now let’s combine humming and speaking. Count from one to ten blending humming into each number as you speak. Say mmmone, mmmtwo, mmmthree and so on. Try to blend the hum and the number into one continuous sound.
SUSTAIN A PITCH
For this exercise you will need a pitch pipe, piano or other instrument to get the proper pitch for each tone. A pitch pipe can be purchased at a music store or on line. Do this exercise while standing. Softly sing the vowel sound “O” at C,D,E,F,G on the musical scale. Women should try to match tones from middle C to high C and men from low C to middle C. Keep the sound light and soft. Do not push or strain to reach the high notes. If the high notes are difficult to sing, begin your scale at B or even A below C.
A vocal health tip from Dr. Miller
To determine if you suffer from a voice problem that should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor, make a hissing “s” sound like air escaping from a balloon. See how long you can sustain the sound without running out of air. A speaker with a healthy voice should be able to sustain a hissing “s” for at least 15-20 seconds.
Next, repeat the exercise while sustaining a buzzing “z” sound for as long as you can. If you are unable to sustain either sound for at least 15 seconds after repeated attempts, please see your doctor to determine if something (such as a vocal nodule or callous) is impeding the vibration of your vocal folds.
Maintaining the health of your voice with these exercises is simple and easy to do. Do them before work every day and you should notice results within a few short weeks. On days when you are pressed for time, omit the pitch sustaining exercises and you should be able to do the lip flutters, siren and vocal focus exercises in 5 minutes or less. It’s a small investment of time for really big results.
Improve the clarity of your speech
Do people say you mumble? When you speak do they ask you to repeat yourself? If so, it could be because your diction could use a little help.
Vowels add color and consonants add clarity to our speech. But if you don’t pronounce them properly, your speech will sound bland and indistinct. The sentences below have been specially designed to work many of the vowel and consonant sounds in the English language. They are not tongue twisters. Say them aloud slowly and practice them often to improve the clarity of your speech. If you are unsure about the proper pronunciation of these or any other words, look them up and hear them spoken at the Merriam Webster dictionary website at
www.m-w.com. It’s free!
Green tea ice cream is a treat to eat.
Amy aimed at the gate.
Ed said get into bed.
This itchy sweater comes from Italy.
Old folks row slowly.
Tom was rather calm as he took the bomb from the box.
Go with the flow to stay in the know.
Juice makes the sauce more succulent.
Buffy’s tough buddy had fallen in love.
The redhead fell at the sound of the bell.
Take a whiff of these cookies before you eat them with your friends.
Ask her if she wants to take on the task
Mean men may cause harm.
Pay the mime a dime, his performance is sublime.
She lost her poise after hearing the noise.
Put the oily oysters on the doily.
Sheila gave Dave a shampoo and a shave.
I knew the crew in the blue canoe.
It’s our duty to salute the new recruit.
The breeze made her sneeze as she walked through the trees.
There was a shortage of blood because of the flood.
Tell the truth to the rude recruit.
Veronica put the vivid violets in the Victorian vase.
The odd opera singer had a four octave range.
Todd placed the pot on the rock.
The anchor signed off on the nightly news.
Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.
Throughout the night he thought things through.
Emily’s enterprise enjoyed success.
Take the tongue twister challenge
If it’s tongue twisters you crave, I’ve got a few of the classics below. Try to say them as quickly as possible without making any mistakes.
A proper copper coffee pot.
Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
Long legged ladies last longer.
Mixed biscuits, mixed biscuits.
A box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits and a biscuit mixer!
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled pepper?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper,
Where’s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?
Pink lorry, yellow lorry.
Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather.
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
Swan swam over the pond,
Swim swan swim!
Swan swam back again –
Well swum swan!
Three grey geese in green fields grazing.
We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
And finally, the mother of all tongue twisters. This sentence has been described as the hardest tongue twister in the English language. Say it if you dare!
The sixth sick Sheik’s sixth sheep is sick.
You must remember this…
That the muscles that produce speech should be exercised regularly to keep them strong and healthy
That lip flutters, sirens, humming and pitch sustaining exercises are highly effective in improving the sound of your voice
That consonants add clarity and vowels add color to your speech. Reciting certain specially designed sentences on a regular basis can help improve your diction
FOR PRACTICING “TH” AS IN “THUNDER” (Beware the “t” sound)
Thor is the God of thunder.
Thieves are thankless thugs who deserve our wrath
Nothing is worth thousands of deaths
*Tip: As you do these exercises, put your finger in front of your lips. The “th” sound requires you to touch your tongue to your fingers, while the “t” sound does not. If your finger is wet, you are making the “th” sound!
FOR PRACTICING “TH” AS IN “BROTHER”(Beware the “d” sound”)
My other brother is also a father.
I want another mother.
My father sings soothing songs.
*Tip: As you do these exercises, put your finger in front of your lips.While not as exagerated as the “th” in “thunder,” the “th” in “brother” also requires you to get your finger wet.
FOR PRACTICING “AR” AS IN “STAR” (Beware the “ah” sound)
Arsonists are not argumentative.
Artists must often starve.
It is hard to articulate while breathing artificial oxygen.
FOR PRACTICING “ING” (Beware of the “in” sound)
I enjoy swimming, eating, and dancing.
There is nothing quite like talking.