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The complete voice & speech workout : the documentation and recording of an oral tradition for the purpose of training and practices
Rodgers, Janet B.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed in U.S. by Hal Leonard Corp., [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 170 pages ; 28 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
"This book contains 74 voice and speech exercises which have been submitted by members of the Voice and Speech Trainers Associations (VASTA)"--Intro.

"Book and CD."
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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 audio tracks 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. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Betsy ArgoRobert BartonKristen LoreeLynn WatsonLynx BrammerKate DeVoreJan GistNancy HoufekLorraine MerrittSusan StackhousePhil TimberlakeMary CorriganMary CorriganMary CorriganMary CoyGinny KopfMarya LowryKate UdallWilliam WeissEric ArmstrongCynthia BlaiseDeena BurkeRinda FryMarya LowryElizabeth MayerPaul MeierJoan MeltonDorothy Runk MennenDorothy Runk MennenMandy ReesJoan MeltonKaren RykerAnnie ThompsonPhil TimberlakeRichard GangDebra Hale-ThomasBetty Ann Leeseberg-LangeJanet B. RodgersKaren RykerElizabeth Van Den BergOren L. BrownLissa Tyler RenaudJanet B. RodgersJanet B. RodgersJerold ScottBetsy ArgoSusan StackhouseJennifer ThomasKate BurkeTracy DonohueMavourneen DwyerMarian HamptonMarlene JohnsonMarlene JohnsonBarry KurElizabeth Carlin MetzBetty MoultonMandy ReesRuth RootbergNatalie StewartKate UdallLisa WilsonFrankie ArmstrongMarian HamptonJim JohnsonJoan MeltonChristine MorrisFloortje NyssenKaren RykerLisa WilsonPatrick FraleyChrista RayErica TobolskiDoug Honorof
Introduction: How to Use This Bookp. 1
Chapter 1 Getting to Know Your Voicep. 3
Exercise 1 Sign Inp. 4
Exercise 2 The Voice Speaksp. 5
Exercise 3 The Name Gamep. 6
Exercise 4 Tell Me About the Time You ...p. 7
Chapter 2 Stretching, Centering, Releasing, and Aligningp. 9
Exercise 1 Neck Stretchesp. 10
Exercise 2 Rest Positionp. 13
Exercise 3 Side Stretches at the Barrep. 16
Exercise 4 Advanced Triangle Posep. 19
Exercise 5 Balance and Alignment Using the Wallp. 21
Exercise 6 Twelve-Step Program for Release of Neck, Jaws, and Shouldersp. 23
Exercise 7 Tennis Ball Torturep. 25
Chapter 3 Breathing and Supportingp. 27
Exercise 1 Breath Exercisep. 28
Exercise 2 Breath Journalp. 30
Exercise 3 Gentle-Warm Up for Breath and Bodyp. 31
Exercise 4 Legs on the Chair Breathing Exercisep. 32
Exercise 5 The "Hey!" Breath Exercisep. 33
Exercise 6 Straw Workp. 35
Exercise 7 Breath Flowp. 37
Exercise 8 Awareness in the Sitting Positionp. 39
Chapter 4 Resonatingp. 41
Exercise 1 Defining the Vowel Space: The Front/Back Glide and Open/Close Slidep. 43
Exercise 2 Throat and Neck Release on Soundp. 49
Exercise 3 Combining Nasal Resonance with Creative Impulsep. 51
Exercise 4 Healing Touchp. 54
Exercise 5 Giving Voice to Your Hungerp. 57
Exercise 6 Gliding and Slidingp. 59
Exercise 7 To Glottalize or Not to Glottalizep. 61
Exercise 8 The Wailing Routinep. 63
Exercise 9 Honing the Toningp. 65
Exercise 10 Hum and Chew--Versions One and Twop. 67
Exercise 11 Improvisation from Primitive Soundp. 69
Exercise 12 Vocal Mirrorsp. 71
Exercise 13 Woo Woep. 73
Exercise 14 The "Ha:"p. 75
Exercise 15 The Wizard of Ozp. 77
Chapter 5 Articulatingp. 79
Exercise 1 The Medial [t]p. 80
Exercise 2 Tongue on the Wet Part of the Lower Lipp. 81
Exercise 3 Consonant Congap. 82
Exercise 4 The Joshua Steele Exercisep. 85
Exercise 5 Quick Articulator Warm-Upp. 86
Exercise 6 Moving Soundp. 87
Chapter 6 Exploring Pitchp. 89
Exercise 1 Inflection Exercisep. 90
Exercise 2 Pitch Stretchingp. 91
Exercise 3 The Anacondap. 93
Exercise 4 Sirensp. 95
Exercise 5 Singing Exercise for Line Melodyp. 97
Chapter 7 Projecting and Callingp. 99
Exercise 1 I Can't Hear Youp. 100
Exercise 2 The Speaker Exercisep. 102
Exercise 3 The "Mommy" Exercisep. 104
Chapter 8 Integrating Voice, Breath, and Textp. 105
Exercise 1 The Deal and the Truthp. 106
Exercise 2 Dueling Chorusesp. 107
Exercise 3 Painting the Textp. 109
Exercise 4 The Voice Outdoorsp. 111
Exercise 5 Building a Wallp. 113
Exercise 6 The Glove Gamep. 114
Exercise 7 The "Stupid!" Exercisep. 115
Exercise 8 The Conduitp. 116
Exercise 9 Breathing Out the End of the Thought Phrasep. 124
Exercise 10 Key Word Ball Tossp. 125
Exercise 11 Listening/Breathing Transition to Textp. 127
Exercise 12 Lessac's Consonant Orchestra Scenesp. 131
Exercise 13 Act Every Wordp. 135
Exercise 14 Core Belief Exercisep. 136
Chapter 9 Integrating Voice and Movementp. 139
Exercise 1 Gossip Hoeingp. 140
Exercise 2 Voice Leading the Bodyp. 142
Exercise 3 Connectionsp. 143
Exercise 4 Jog and Soundp. 144
Exercise 5 Elephant Walking Chantp. 145
Exercise 6 Chewing Gum Bubblep. 147
Exercise 7 Across the Floorp. 149
Exercise 8 Emotional Flowp. 150
Chapter 10 Exploring Character Voices and Dialectsp. 153
Exercise 1 The Mendlshon Twins Exercisep. 154
Exercise 2 Developing Harmonic Timbre Through the Animal Matrixp. 155
Exercise 3 The Portrait Projectp. 158
Exercise 4 Boxer-Briefsp. 160
Appendix List of Contributors and Exercisesp. 163
CD Track Listingp. 165
Biographiesp. 167