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Re: TRANSLATION: Grandfather and the dragon

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>
Date:Monday, July 19, 1999, 19:06
On Sat, 17 Jul 1999, Sally Caves wrote:

> Most people, > when relaxed, speak at about the lowest tone they can hit in singing.
Really? I tried it just now, and my relaxed speaking voice is somewhere between B-below-middle-C to E or F above, coming to rest on middle C. My singing voice extends from F below middle C to high D (or E on a good day), that is an octave and a bit above middle C. I sing *comfortably* between A below middle C and G or A above (after which I hit a bad register break on the B flat). Reading to the children, my voice is slightly higher with a wider range of intonation, probably close to my singing voice. I'll listen to myself GMing a role-playing game next time ;-)
> I'm going to try teaching by keeping my voice low. No higher than > low E or F. And see if this reduces my exhaustion after class. > And maybe, they'll strain to listen to me!!! ;-) I took speech > long years ago, and have forgotten its best principles.
A low voice *is* easier to understand; it carries better because it has more long-wave formants (if you speak or sing in too high a pitch the formants that colour the vowels are lost, because they lie below the pitch of your voice; that's why it's so difficult to understand a soprano). I should think that speaking *as low as possible* would have the opposite effect; I for one get tired *fast* using the very bottom of my vocal range, whether speaking or singing. Irina Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) (English) (Nederlands)