File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 167


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Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 15:08:05 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Voice Advice


Hi all.
I have been wondering for a long time what to do about these voices of mine.
Oh, not the ones in my head, we're a great team, no worries there.


I'm talking about the ones in my vocal chords.
The son of a singer, I have chosen the visual arts instead. But I learned to sing on my own, from interpreting songs I loved. The problem is that now I have learned, as well as the songs, some voices that came from them. I cannot choose one.  By voice, I mean a whole set of pitch, range, inflections, accent, etc...
For puppet work, I can just attribute a voice for each puppet. But what about me? I want my own trademark voice!

I have a pretty good range, from baby cries to high alto lady to something like Leon Redbone.
I can freak people out. That's fun!

It's not that I imitate any singer exactly, (although I got Sting and DeBurgh pretty close) but there's a definite recognisable flavor from the song's singer when I sing it. Nowadays, I can switch between voices for any song, but the problem is that I do not know my own voice. At least for my talking ones, I've got categories. I got one phone voice, one english voice, one french voice.
My natural talking voice is much deeper and peaceful than the one I use for everyday talk, because I found it was too hypnotic (people almost fell asleep).

Is there such a thing as one Singing voice?
Would it be a good or bad thing if I were to just choose one and stick to it?
Or maybe keep one voice for blues, one for jazz, etc...
Or become the first multi-personality singer?

Mind you, I don't paln for an album anytime soon. It's just a matter of personal development.
And those skills will come in handy that day when I finally realise my first puppet show.

Any advice?









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