Saturday, July 4, 2009

vocalize your independence

Here's a great way to practice vocalizing, the art of varying your voice's tone, pitch and pace to create variety for the listener's ear: Follow along as NPR hosts and reporters read the Declaration of Indpendence, an annual ritual. Reading a familiar text that's not written by you allows you to focus not on your own writing, but on the words to emphasize. You may want to print out the text and mark it up with notes on which words to emphasize, or just try varying your reading of each line. And try these tips from an NPR intern on how to vocalize, using lessons she learned from watching the pros in action.