Complete Voice and Speech Workout

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Janet B. Rodgers
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Performing Arts - 170 pages
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(Applause Books). Potent and empowering voice exercises by the master teachers who devised them! One of the constants that any actor, director or theatre teacher needs is a strong vocal warmup. This valuable, first-of-its-kind resource contains 75 exercises for both solo and group work, contributed by some of the best professionals in the world. There is a brief description of the history and purpose of each exercise followed by the exercise itself. The Voice & Speech Workout comes with a training CD that will be especially helpful to the student or theatre professional working alone. Here master teachers run through each exercise in real time (leaving enough time for response). Among the contributors are such important voice teachers as: Frankie Armstrong, Mary Corrigan, Marian Hampton and Dorothy Runk Mennen. The exercises are divided into nine different areas: Getting to Know Your Voice; Stretching, Centering, Releasing, Aligning; Breathing and Supporting; Making Sound (Resonance and Articulation); Exploring Pitch; Projecting and Calling; Integrating Voice, Breath and Text; Integrating Voice and Movement; Exploring Character Voices and Dialects. Editor Janet Rodgers is past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and an associate professor of theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University.
 

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Contents

How To Use This Book
1
Getting to Know Your Voice
3
Sign In
4
The Voice Speaks
5
The Name Game
6
Tell Me About the Time You
7
Stretching Centering Releasing and Aligning
9
Neck Stretches
10
Moving Sound
87
Exploring Pitch
89
Inflection Exercise
90
Pitch Stretching
91
The Anaconda
93
Sirens
95
Singing Exercise
97
Projecting and Calling
99

Rest Position
13
Side Stretches at the Barre
16
Advanced Triangle Pose
19
Balance and Alignment Using the Wall
21
Twelve Step Program for Release of Neck Jaws and Shoulders
23
Tennis Ball Torture
25
Breathing and Supporting
27
Breath Exercise
28
Breath Journal
30
Gentle WarmUp for Breath and Body
31
Legs on the Chair Breathing Exercise
32
The Hey Breath Exercise
33
Straw Work
35
Breath Flow
37
Awareness in the Sitting Position
39
Resonating
41
The FrontBack Glide and OpenClose Slide
43
Throat and Neck Release on Sound
49
Combining Nasal Resona with the Creative Impulse
51
Healing Touch
54
Giving Voice to Your Hunger
57
Gliding and Sliding
59
To Glottalize or Not to Glottalize
61
The Wailing Routine
63
Honing the Toning
65
Hum and Chew Versions One and Two
67
Improvisation from Primitive Sound
69
Vocal Mirrors
71
Woo Woe
73
The Ha
75
The Wizard of Oz
77
Articulating
79
The Medial t
80
Tongue on Wet Part of the Lower Lip
81
Consonant Conga
82
The Joshua Steele Exercise
85
Quick Articulator WarmUp
86
I Cant Hear You
100
The Speaker Exercise
102
The Mommy Exercise
104
Integrating Voice Breath and Text
105
The Deal and the Truth
106
Dueling Choruses
107
Painting the Text
109
The Voice Outdoors
111
Building a Wall
113
The Glove Game
114
The Stupid Exercise
115
The Conduit
116
Breathing Out the End of the Thought Phrase
124
Key Word Ball Toss
125
ListeningBreathing Transition to Text
127
Lessacs Consonant Orchestra Scenes
131
Act Every Word
135
Core Belief Exercise
136
Integrating Voice and Movement
139
Gossip Hoeing
140
Voice Leading the Body
142
Connections
143
Jog and Sound
144
Elephant Walking Chant
145
Chewing Gum Bubble
147
Across the Floor
149
Emotional Flow
150
Exploring Character Voices and Dialects
153
The Mendlshon Twins Exercise
154
Timbre Through the Animal Matrix
155
The Portrait Project
158
BoxerBriefs
160
List of Contributors and Exercises
163
Appendix
165
Biographies
167
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Janet Rodgers is past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and is head of Voice and Speech Training at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is an Associate Professor of Theatre.

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