Homework for Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 – Part 2

This is the first step in figuring out what you sound like.

Describe your voice

You need to know your basic sound, patterns and tendencies when you speak. So, your first recording exercise is to record a conversation with someone. It could be a telephone call, or a casual conversation with someone. Just start the recorder and then forget about it. Just talk. A telephone conversation would be good, because you can simply record your side of the call.

You will actually do this exercise twice – once on your own after doing the recording exercise and then again in class with a partner. You will need to be prepared to play a very short snippet of the recording in class so that I know you have done the exercise.

After recording your voice, play it back and critique your voice answering the questions below. Please use the first line for your personal self evaluation.

1. Voice Quality – smooth, raspy, quirky, powerful, rich, thin, breathy, weak, old, young

Self Eval _________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

2. Voice Pitch – high, low, medium pitch? Do you speak in the correct register?

Self Eval _________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

3. Voice Placement – throat, front of mouth? Where is your sound coming from in your head?

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

4. Voice Inflection? Monotone or modulated? Lots of energy? No energy?

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

5. Vocal Pattern – your voice has a natural rhythm or pattern of inflection. Describe it.

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

6. Speed – do you speak quickly or deliberately? Many people speak very rapidly.

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

7. Pronunciation – mush mouth, over articulator, do you have an accent?

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

8. Breathing – do you tire easily when you are talking? Do you take lots of breaths when you speak?

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

9. Facial Talk – How much do you move (or not move) your jaw, lips, tongue? Are you great at raising your eyebrows?

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

10. Body Language – do you use your hands when you talk or do you keep your arms locked in one position?

Self Eval ___________________________________________________________

Team Eval __________________________________________________________

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