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Every script has a melody and a tempo. When you understand how to make your reads musical you'll be able to naturally keep the listener engaged. You want your voice to draw the listener into the story, you want them to want to keep listening. In this episode, Anne talks about how to create a musical framework to improve your reads.
A lot of times people tend to read slower than most people would speak if they were engaged in a conversation.
And so the tempo of your read is going to vary from slow to fast. Because a lot of times we're not even thinking when we're telling a story, we're not even thinking about our tempo, and so you have to take those words that are on the page and create that story and that story will just flow along with a tempo.
If you have the right words that you're emphasizing you probably won't even have to really think about the tempo because those words that you're emphasizing will be the highlights and the peaks of everything that you're going to be voicing. The rest of the copy will follow as needed, as necessary.
So in order to highlight or emphasize the word, you're going to want to inflect upward just a touch, but not too dramatically. You don't want to emphasize from really low to high because that would mean that you're always surprised or happy or excited and not every part of the story is probably at that level. So you want to be able to inflect and emphasize that just a touch maybe a half a note or a note like a C to a C sharp or a C to a D.
And then, in order to emphasize that phrase or word you want to be able to elongate and draw it out. Meaning just let that word be the whole note in the melody. A whole note is a little longer than you would normally speak the word. Which the words are lasting a little bit longer. That helps to emphasize them better. So inflect just a touch and then also elongate words that you want to have emphasized.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.