Find your natural
voice and maintain it!
|Vocal Tip of the Month!
Speak from the Heart!
When words are said expressively, the voice is more likely to find its natural
pitch and the larynx follows to position itself naturally.
is why certain words and short sentences serve as excellent
pointers to help you recognize what your natural dynamic voice should
sound like. Try these for example:
How are you?"
"Hey, what are you doing?"
"Come on now!"
The emotion that you use in your speech keeps listeners
interested. To effectively convey emotions when you talk,
about the words you're saying as they come out of your mouth!
Use mental visuals to "see" your speech unfold
your mind like a short movie as you address your audience.
focusing on your voice,
you are then concentrating on the
message, freeing yourself of any self-conscious thoughts and opening
door to your heart. Remember: it's not what you say, it's how
you say it...
Humans Versus Animals!
Here are a few interesting facts regarding
sound production in animals!
1) Most mammals have two vocal cords. The mouth, larynx, and nose serve
as the resonating chamber for sounds manipulated by the tongue and
other muscles in the mouth and neck.
2) Birds don't have a larynx but a different organ called the syrinx.
Depending of what species, up to 4 folds are involved in
producing a bird's lovely whistle.
3) Fish, dolphins, whales, lobsters, alligators, crocodiles, condors,
storks, cicadas and giraffes and no vocal cords!
4) Frog have vocal cords. Male frogs vocalize by squeezing
their lungs with their nostrils and mouth shut. Air is forced over the
vocal cords and into a closed system of chambers that includes the
mouth cavity. A thin-walled sac at the base of the mouth then
blows up like a balloon, radiating the call from the vocal cords into
5) Crickets produce sounds by
rubbing their wings together. At the base of the
forewing, a thick, ridged vein acts as a file. The upper
surface of the
forewing is hardened, like a scraper. When the male cricket
call for a mate, he lifts his wings and pulls the file of one wing
across the scraper of the other. The thin, papery portions of the wings
vibrate, amplifying the sound.***
Yourself: The Newsletter is Coming to an End!
I have decided to take a break from
the Voice Yourself in the Classroom newsletters simply so I can
concentrate on other projects. The events in my personal life
this last year have prevented me from fully focusing on my book and
finishing it (I can't seem to get the editing done, lol!). I
also collaborating closely with my brother in music, Jaime Vendera on a
new website: RockSource360.
It is the only website where aspiring musicians can study
rock stars, learn industry tips from pros and promote their band.
Please check it out and tell your friends about it!
Writing the newsletters has been very inspiring to me and fun.
hope that I have been able to help you find your natural dynamic
speaking or singing voice in some ways and that you will keep working
on your beautiful instrument. I will be happy to answer your
questions and will follow-up on any inquiries that may arise, should you be
experiencing vocal difficulties in the future. All of my
newsletters are also online here
so please keep going back to them as you feel the need and continue to
let colleagues know about my website. Thank you all for your
I might communicate with you from time to time to let you know of
exciting new projects and when my book is ready. Please keep in touch! Happy Holidays and Have a Wonderful
year! Have fun over the Holiday break and stay safe!
Yourself in the Classroom
|Inspiring Quotes and Stories...
The Best Birthday Gift Ever!
is important to recognize positive omens and grab opportunities as they present
themselves to us. The year 2009 has been a year of changes for me.
I've taken steps that have turned my life upside down but for the best.
last few weeks have led to some retrospection on my part. I've felt
mostly happy and sometimes sad about my decisions, the events that have
followed and where I am now. A week and a half ago, I was having one of those
sleepless nights. My mind was obsessed with the thoughts of "what
might have been", "where am I going?" and more insecurities!
I remembered when I first moved into this old house I bought and still
live in. I didn't have any furniture or working appliances and I spent
months sleeping on gym mattresses I borrowed from my school's gym. The
floors were filthy with dust from the renovation but I didn't care because I
knew I was on the move and I felt free. I turned around in my bed to try
to sleep in the same direction I used to back then when I was beginning to feel
joy and peace. . I opened the curtains and let the light of the moon
come through from the sky. I let this energy fill me up to chase
away my loneliness and tried to find those lost feelings of serenity again to
soothe my moods. At some point, I wished that my deceased yorkie were still
with me so I could hold him in my arms tightly the way I used to and find
comfort within the calming vibrations of his steady heartbeat. I fell
asleep and woke up rested the next day. Life went on; business as usual!
on Sunday morning on my way back from grocery shopping, a cute little kitten
appeared from nowhere on my doorsteps! "Hey you!" I said.
I picked him up and held him tight. He was hungry; I fed him.
He was cold; I let him stay with me for the day. He was dirty; I
brushed him and gave him a bath! When it was time to say goodbye, I put
him outside. The cat didn't want to leave! He meowed as loud as he
could with his cute little voice!
|He climbed on my screen door desperately trying
to see me through the glass. He jumped on my flower box and peeked
through the window to make sure that I was still keeping an eye on him.
And I was! The cat was clearly craving my attention.
After a little while, I couldn't stand it anymore and I took him back in. We
have lots of stray cats in my neighborhood. I think he was let go and
abandoned but luckily we found each other and he's in good hands now.
It just happens that I'm a December child and my birthday fell on the next
Wednesday. I want to think that there is no coincidence and that he was
sent to me as an early birthday present. The best birthday gift ever!
I named him Moonlight!