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The Path to Granny’s House

[I called my late grandmother, Jill Cragg, Granny, never Grandma. She was a wonderful person in every way. ] This week, I’ve been working in my voice class on Shakespeare Sonnets. We’re nearing the end of dune unit, and so

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Text Four Ways

This post puts three previous posts back on the table. In my posts Intoning, Whispering the Text, and Singing A Text,  I laid out three approaches to working with a text (and proved that I am totally inconsistent when it comes

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Whispering the Text

Generally speaking, whispering is not considered very good for your voice. Because your vocal folds are held stiffly together, loud whispering can dry out the vocal folds very quickly. So you don’t want to whisper for long periods, and certainly

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Intoning

This exercise can be used as an early step in a vocal warm-up, to help get on voice and to encourage resonance, or as a text exploration. For now, let’s focus on the voice side of things. Intoning is a

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Speak with Authority

Taylor Mali, in his poem Totally Like Whatever, You Know, concludes very articulately with these words: I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you, I challenge you: To speak with conviction. To say what you believe in a manner

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