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Developing a natural voice
August 23, 2011 |
To: the Host
I write for a music oriented website. Being a philosophy major has helped me to write with an entertaining and surrealist wit; however, I feel that my speaking voice can come off too dry and unaffected, or worse, sound insincere. I'll need to improve for podcasting, or else I fear I'll lose the audience I've gained through my writing.
Do you have any advice?
I'm a fan of yours, and of the craft itself.
I wish you well,
When one is young and smart, as you are, one naturally affects a voice of authority so as to hold your own against other young and smart individuals. When I started out in radio, knowing nothing whatsoever, green as could be, I imitated the voice of Edward R. Murrow, the boy broadcaster from North Carolina who taught himself to talk like Sam Spade when he reported from London on the Battle of Britain. I did a pretty good job of it, too. But the voice of false authority teeters on the edge of arrogance, and that puts people off. And the best thing you can do to develop a natural voice is to sing. Sing to yourself, sing with other people, sing along with the radio ----- try singing the blues ----- those simple repetitive forms, making up your own words, bending the notes. It'll help weather your voice and give you more range and warmth. And it's awfully enjoyable, more so than preaching and philosophizing. Everybody ought to sing the blues. It makes you a better person.
My name is Gunther, and I'm from Victoria.
I said, my name is Gunther, and I'm from Victoria.
I do a podcast, and I'll sing this song for ya.