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0325 – How You Naturally Pump Up The Volume

Season 1, Ep. 325

2021.11.21 – 0325 – How You Naturally Pump Up The Volume

How You Naturally Pump Up The Volume

As we saw many chapters ago, your voice is produced by air from the lungs moving over the vocal cords in the larynx in the throat.

 

As the cords’ combination of muscle and cartilage contract and relax, the space between them increases or decreases, and the tone and pitch of the voice changes.

 

But it’s the force and speed of air passing over them which changes the volume. Think about a shout: Don’t you naturally take a deep breath first? (We’ll look a bit more at projecting a loud voice, in a while.)


Audio recording script and show notes (c) 2021 Peter Stewart




Through these around-5-minute episodes, you can build your confidence and competence with advice on breathing and reading, inflection and projection, the roles played by better scripting and better sitting, mic techniques and voice care tips... with exercises and anecdotes from a career spent in TV and radio studios. If you're wondering about how to start a podcast, or have had one for a while - download every episode!




And as themes develop over the weeks (that is, they are not random topics day-by-day), this is a free, course to help you GET A BETTER BROADCAST, PODCAST AND VIDEO VOICE.




Look out for more details of the book during 2022.




Contacts: https://linktr.ee/Peter_Stewart




Peter has been around voice and audio all his working life and has trained hundreds of broadcasters in all styles of radio from pop music stations such as Capital FM and BBC Radio 1, the classical music station BBC Radio 3 and regional BBC stations. He’s trained news presenters on regional TV, the BBC News Channel and on flagship programmes such as the BBC’s Panorama. 




He has written a number of books on audio and video presentation and production (see contacts clink above) and presented hundreds of radio shows (you may have heard him on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, Virgin Radio or Kiss, as well as BBC regional radio) with various formats. He has read tens of thousands of news bulletins and hosted 3,000+ podcast episodes.




The podcast title refers to those who may wish to change their speaking voice in some way. It is not a suggestion that anyone should, or be pressured into needing to. We love accents and dialects, and are well aware that how we speak changes over time. The key is: is your voice successfully communicating your message, so it is being understood (and potentially being acted upon) by your target audience?




This podcast is London-based and examples are spoken in the RP (Received Pronunciation) / standard-English / BBC English pronunciation, although invariably applicable to other languages, accents and dialects.




Music credits: all Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License


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"Beauty Flow" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)


Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5025-beauty-flow

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