You’re the Voice! Try and Understand That

Yes, I’m quoting John Farnham. Actually, I’m quoting Chris Thompson, Andy Quanta, Keith Reid and Maggie Ryder   – the people who wrote the lyrics. You’re the voice, try and understand it Make a noise and make it clear Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o! We’re not gonna sit in silence We’re not gonna live with fear Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o! (repeat until end of song) (courtesy of LyricsFreak) I was reminded of this, yet again, by a recent discussion on VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers of America) about the way some people can learn an accent (in the USA, this is referred to as dialect), for a role in a play, do it perfectly in rehearsal, but then slip up in performance. Changing the way we …

What Form Below? – I hear you ask!

My humble apologies, to anyone who wanted to use the form I mentioned in my last post to express an interest in joining the Voice Class next week.  Click on this and you will see the form! Ah, the joys of modern communication, eh? Thank goodness we still have voices, for that vital face to face communication, and thank goodness we can come together from time to time to discover new ways of doing it even better. In case you’re wondering how we do that in The Voice Class, well, amongst other things we move around and we make funny sounds, and in the process we learn how to listen to ourselves, from the inside, how to hear what our …

Voice Alive!

I recently committed myself to take part in a three week intensive, full time clown training course with the fabulous Ira Seidenstein.  Terrified that I might totally exhaust myself, and run out of beans to do anything for the rest of the year, in fact I came out at the end quite invigorated and fired up, ready to take on anything 2012 can throw at me. We worked with Shakespeare’s text, some of it placed in the mouths of actual clowns, some that you might never suspect of being clowns ‘as characters’, but then what is a character?  It’s a person. And if you are the person playing that character, and you happen to be a clown, then way-hey to go! For …

Beginners, Please!

I’ve been thinking for some time about producing an iPhone app for voice professionals and anyone else interested in taking care of the voice, and developing its potential.  My software development guru (my son Roderick) is standing by to turn my mp3 files into the actual app, so it won’t be long now. To start at the beginning, I’ve just made a 10 minute recording of an introductory voice lesson for absolute beginners, offering a way in to vocal maintenance and for the development of power and flexibility of the voice.  Just for you, here it is. Please feel free to send me your feedback, I value your opinion.  

Here we are again – happy as can be…

Just to let you know, I’ve transmigrated to a new hosting service provider, and in the process lost all my posts for the past 3 months.  Ah, what the heck, they’re just words, eh?  Anything important is bound to come up again, and again, and again… The really important news is that The Voice Class 2012 is now open for bookings, shoot me an email, or phone me directly, contact me on Facebook or Twitter (@flloydpk).  Or just fill in the form below! The class is for actors, however all acting skills are life skills, so anyone who uses their voice professionally will enjoy and benefit from this work.  We’ll kick off on Monday evening, 5th February, 7 – 9 …