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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater ,. Douglas Florian Goodreads Author Illustrator. Describes the mechanics of the voice and obstacles of spontaneous, effective vocal expression and details exercises for developing and strengthening the voice as a human and actor's instrument.
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Sort order. Start your review of Freeing the Natural Voice. This to me is the holy bible of voice. It is liking meditation for art of singing and oration. Alike to meditation it's effects take a long time to propagate and master. However for anyone serious about developing great tone and bringing the emotional and imagination to their delivery, this book is for you.
It won't do anything quickly, as with any skill you will have to do the exercises habitually and for a long time before you will really start to notice the effects.
She says it will usually t This to me is the holy bible of voice. She says it will usually take about a year to get through the book if you are religious about it definitely a lot of re-read value. However the work you put into it, you will get out of it. Once you match your thoughts up to the breath and get that flow between your inner dialogue and your breath and your words, you will be the smoothest mofo out there.
You will become better in social situations, you will be the center of attention and people will stop to listen to you. You will be able to get the words to work for you and crystallize your ideas without ever having to think about it. This book is a way of life not just a tool for acting or singing. It is in essence how to say things better, and how to say more with your words than just the word itself. I perhaps exaggerate slightly but it really did help me with my oratory skills. It will not teach musicianship as a singer or how to be more imaginative with your interpretation as an actor, but it will help connect the thoughts and emotions in your head through your delivery in a far easier and precise manner.
Downside of course is you may become an over-emotional, egomanical pre-madonna if you confuse the emotional reality you create with your own sense of self, but that is another topic entirely May 18, Goody marked it as to-read.
I'm getting tense reading about how tense I am. I found this book abandoned in a cafeteria years ago and finally got around to reading when it struck me that perhaps I should work on my speaking voice, as my natural voice is a bit nasally and doesn't sound so good on my youtube videos. Honestly, I don't know whether it's worth it to try the program in this book for several reasons.
First off, it's pretty comprehensive. It demands nearly an hours worth of work daily for well over a month in order for it to have real results according to the au I found this book abandoned in a cafeteria years ago and finally got around to reading when it struck me that perhaps I should work on my speaking voice, as my natural voice is a bit nasally and doesn't sound so good on my youtube videos.
It demands nearly an hours worth of work daily for well over a month in order for it to have real results according to the author. Okay, that's perhaps understandable given that this book is written with actors in mind, who have to do vocal feats like speak in a muted way on stage that somehow is still audible to the audience in the back row. It's comprehensive, yet delivered and ordered in a rather touchy-feely unintellectual and impractical way that's pretty alien to me.
Heck, I've read Buddhist meditation manuals that were more down to earth than this! That sort of leads into my main beef with this book. It has all these practices meticulously organized and detailed with diagrams, but you really have no clue other than the most general idea of what the result is supposed to be for yourself. That you enunciate better? That you don't fatigue your vocal cords? That you're able to project? How am I, a layman, supposed to know if I'm really doing it right and it's working while I'm bouncing up and down making weird noises?
In short, this really isn't a DIY book despite it billed as usable in that way. It's an acting voice class textbook, really, with limited utility outside of that setting. But for a practical guy who wants to sound a little less like Ray Romano and a little more like Paul Harvey when he's speaking in formal settings it's darn near useless.
Two out of five stars View 1 comment. A great method to connect your body to your emotions. I was really surprised by the outcome. Excellent for anyone needing to communicate effectively. I'm told that this the newest edition makes the process easier to grasp. So, if you've done this in the past, take the new version for a spin. Feb 05, Melissa rated it it was ok.
Really great for young actors looking to develop their vocal instrument and finding a natural way of breathing.
May 30, Rudolfo rated it liked it. This is a great book, but very hard to understand. Many exercises for the voice, for those who want to sing. Jan 22, Cedarlakeinn marked it as to-read. Never actually read it. Now that I am interested in pursuing a career in voice-overs, I will start reading. Stay tuned. May 19, Casey rated it it was ok. Very VERY heady. I ended up having to stop trying to attempt any of the exercises and just read it for content. Jan 05, Dan Gorman rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction.
Bizarre illustrations and intricate phonetic exercises fill this how-to guide for actors, singers, and anyone interested in refining their public speaking abilities. Much of the material echoes what I have learned from past voice teachers. It's a good reference and technical guide, although one always feels silly making the sounds and doing the stretching exercises that Linklater describes.
Vocal practice is best in a private place, when you can make weird sounds and do Linklater's warmups to yo Bizarre illustrations and intricate phonetic exercises fill this how-to guide for actors, singers, and anyone interested in refining their public speaking abilities. Vocal practice is best in a private place, when you can make weird sounds and do Linklater's warmups to your heart's content.
Jan 06, Sten Leinasaar rated it really liked it. Beautifully written with detailed descriptions and captivating exercises. Throughout the theater class when doing those exercises, you'll feel the difference.
Do not hurry. Do not in for a result. Dec 03, Elisa rated it liked it Shelves: music-and-voice. I haven't technically finished reading this book, as it's full of exercises to progress through over about a year. I just got a bit bored with doing them.
Freeing the Natural Voice with Kristin Linklater
Podcast: Play in new window Download. And as we discover in the conversation, working on your voice can have a very interesting and positive effect on your creativity, outside of the realm of performance! Every week, at the end of the show, I ask my guest to set you a Creative Challenge — something practical you can do that will help you put the ideas from the show into action. Listen to the interview part of the show, either in the player above or on iTunes or your favourite podcast platform. Second version: choose a poem that has some personal relevance to you, and learn it by heart, letting the images of the poem flow into you and the feelings it arouses. Once the challenge has finished, I will pick 3 winners at random from the comments, who will receive the prize of a copy of Freeing the Natural Voice.
Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language
The classic voice-training book for actors, teachers of voice and speech and anyone interested in vocal expression — by a pre-eminent voice teacher, actor and director. Fully revised and expanded edition. Linklater's approach is to liberate the voice you have rather than apply vocal techniques from the outside. This edition incorporates vocal exercises developed over three decades to help the voice connect viscerally with language — a key element in the actors' craft.