File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 182

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 22:28:17 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Voice Advice

  It sounds as though you've explored the breath of your "voices" (pun,oops), but not so much the depth of each of them. 
 Your voice is closer to yourself than anything -- like a dancer whose body is his/her instrument as well as themselves. 
 So, sing. Take voice lessons in a style you are interested in. Learn some long poems by heart. 
 Rolande Duprey 
 -----Original Message-----
 Sent: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 3:08 PM
 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 


And those skills will come in handy that day when I finally realise my first 

puppet show.

Any advice?


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