Vocal variety


In order to keep the listener hanging on to your words, you need to ensure that your delivery is constantly on the move.

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Top Tips

  • Start low – it gives you somewhere to go.
  • Use a low register when you want authority, and use higher notes to contrast. 

You can add more variety and interest by:

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  • Altering PACE.
    Slow right down sometimes – to make a point or explain something difficult.
    Go faster at other times – perhaps to convey excitement or passion.
    Change the pace to get an audience back.

  • HIGH and LOW notes.
    Deliberately modulate your pitch to help communicate the thought. People often exaggerate this when reading to children, then don’t use it at all when speaking professionally. Find the happy medium.
    If your sound is usually in the higher range, then deliberately use more low notes. If your voice dwells in the lower register, then play with some higher notes to make contrast. 

To achieve the authoritative low register:

  1. Relax the shoulders and the neck.
  2. Open the throat and chest.

  3. Ensure that your chin is not jutting forward.

  • Try using clearly articulated CONSONANT WORD ENDINGS to convey key messages or to explain difficult detail. The more you use the muscles of articulation – the lips and the tongue – the more the listener understands.

  • Keep the vocal folds LUBRICATED to get the very best from your voice. This helps the audience listen to your words and not the sound of your voice. Take sips of water, or gently bite the side of the tongue to kick-start the salivary ducts. 

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