The Human Voice, a Film by Pedro Almodóva

The Human Voice is Almodóva’s  first film in English.   Inspired by Jean Cocteau and Roberto Rossellini, it is visually surrreal and audibly very real.   Almodóva’s attention to detail is masterful and brings us into this magic area of suspended reality.  What is and what isn’t real?It seems that the constraints brought about by the Covid …

Voice for Healing Mental and Physical Pain

Roy Hart Earlier this year I had a trauma that left me with severe pain in my muscles and joints.  Pain killers didn’t help much and  I had to surrender to having constant pain. I just hoped and prayed that it would not stay. Three things brought me through to now where I am almost …

Voice Phobia. The Fear of (Some) Voices

Some voices make you want to scream and screaming is contagious. When you play scary games on Halloween night part of the fun is having a good scream along with a good laugh, but when you’re listening to a voice that makes you want to scream and you can’t leave the room or say anything …

Time to Use Your Voice

Science tells us that he left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also performs tasks that have to do with logic, such as in science and mathematics. On the other hand, the right hemisphere coordinates the left side of the body and performs tasks that have do with creativity and the arts.  But for …

How Your Voice is Affected Through Wearing a Face Mask

Wearing a mouth mask is now mandatory on public transport in the UK.  I started wearing a face mask in March when it became clear that coronavirus cases were less in countries where they were recommended.   On the plus side, it lessens the risk of passing on coronavirus if you are asymptomatic on the minus side …

Speaking at A Distance, Lockdown and Beyond

People who’ve been on the Improve Your Voice course have an advantage when talking outdoors to someone 2 meters away.   They’ve learned the “beam/aim/focus your voice” technique.The voice beam exercise is fun.  In a room full of people, you pair off and then move into lines about 6 metres apart, facing each other.   You then …

Letting Go Of Your Breath

A lot of voice problems are caused by muscle tension in the chest. We hang on to our breath and never allow the lungs to empty.  When you feel muscle tension in your chest if you’re nervous about speaking or when you start to speak, this is a reason why.   With regular simple breathing exercises, …