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Perfecting Your Vocal Techniques With 4P's

Roland Adriano, Storyteller, photographer and daydreamer

Perfecting Your Vocal Techniques With 4P's

Roland Adriano, Storyteller, photographer and daydreamer

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10 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. What is Vocal Variety?

    • 2. Learning targets and the Learners

    • 3. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pitch

    • 4. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pitch Part 2 (Demo)

    • 5. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Power

    • 6. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Power Part 2 (Word stress and demonstration of word stress)

    • 7. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pace (including demonstration)

    • 8. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pause

    • 9. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pause Part 2 (How and when to apply pauses)

    • 10. Vocal Variety FINALE - Project Instructions and Recap

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About This Class


The human voice is a very powerful tool which can alter one's mindset. It can totally change the meaning of a sentence. It can either charm or harm your listeners. 

Find out how we can make full use of our voice in storytelling or public speaking through Vocal Variety.

This class focuses on the basics of vocal variety and how we can apply it in storytelling. 

In this class we will learn:

  1. What Vocal Variety is
  2. The 4 elements of vocal variety
  3. Using vocal variety techniques in storytelling and public speaking

 In addition, we will also do the following projects:

  1. Reading and recording some short passages
  2. Recording an audio clip between 2 – 3 minutes (ex. Short story, informative, educational, or entertaining short speeches like a podcast)

This class is highly recommended for people who are engaged in storytelling or public speaking.

In addition, this course is going to be useful for those who are into digital storytelling, podcasting or radio broadcasting.


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Roland Adriano

Storyteller, photographer and daydreamer


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1. What is Vocal Variety?: the unique power off over voice is just one of those we sometimes or often overlook in communication. In fact, our voice shapes us with ever voice. We make ourselves charming or a beast without her voice. We put our listeners under our spell or we cast him out with our voice. We can harm our listeners, or we can charm them when we tell story or deliver a speech. We also want our listeners to enjoy the moment and feel the message. And it's not just what we say but also how we say it. And one thing that makes our listeners engaged is vocal variety. My fellow skills, your learners. My name is Roland. I'm a DSL or English, a second language teacher, a public speaker, a storyteller and also ate those master member. In this video course, we're going to learn how to use our voice, the charm, our listeners to make them feel us to make them understand better. Our stories, our speech, our message, vocal variety. It's one that Knicks or we call it, one of the non verbal that Knicks that we use to enhance our stories to enhance our message to make our speech is much more meaningful, more vivid and livelier. Without vocal variety. Our speeches, our stories would sound lightless, monotonous, dragging Bori to stay patient as I demonstrate on how we could use vocal variety by using the four peas and you're gonna find out what those four piece are so welcome to my video course and help you enjoy practicing and using your voice to deliver fantastic stories and amazing speeches. 2. Learning targets and the Learners: So now we know the importance of local variety. The next do things that were going to find out our first. What are we going to learn from this course? And second, who are going to benefit from this video? Of course. So let me start with the 1st 1 in this video course. I'm going to do my best to share my vocal variety techniques. When I deliver speeches or what I tell stories to my students here, I'm going to introduce the four elements or four piece of vocal variety, namely, it's power, pace and pause. I'm going to explain this one by one and demonstrate how we could exhibit this when we tell a story or when we do a public speech. There are also going to be some activities which allows you to practice each off the element that I introduce in this video course. Just agent. So who are going to benefit from this video? Of course. First, if a public speaker, this course will help you make use of your voice to enhance your speech delivery and make you charming in front of your listeners. Also, if you're a storyteller for a digital storyteller, you can make use of this video course in order to find out how you could make your voice much more, I would say dramatic and Warren back full to your listeners, especially when you're doing audio clips. Finally, if you are also an easel feature like me, this video course will give you some ideas on what kind of activities you can provide your students so they can practice their aural English. All right, so let's get ready. First of all, get ready with your voices because this is going to be a whole lot of fun, making use of your voice in a very creative and charming way. 3. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pitch: in order for you to understand vocal variety picnics, let me introduce four p's, namely bitch Power. Hes and Pause. I'm going to explain and demonstrate each of these elements so that you will better understand on how to use vocal variety technics properly when you deliver a speech or when you tell stories. So let's start with pitch. What is pitch bitch is the highs and lows of your voice without pitch? Our voice will sound like this every time we deliver a speech or what we tell a story. And even though your message is very good that you're trying to inspire our influence, people in the right direction or in the right way. Still, people will not listen or will a billboard, because your voice sounds very monotonous and boring. So it is very important that we pay attention to our highs and lows and keep in minds that men normally have lower pitch and women have a higher pitch just way, way, way 4. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pitch Part 2 (Demo): Now let's find out how it could make use of pitch properly in our stories or speeches. Remember, our stories are speeches contained, different kinds of emotions happiness, sadness, anger, excitement's. You know, these are high mood, low moods, and your pitch will actually reflect what kind of emotion your listeners want to feel. So, for example, you want to convey a sad emotion. Then you might want to use low pitch. But if you're talking about something good say about happiness or excitement, then we use high pitch voice, so our pitch actually makes the audience or the listeners feel us. So let me just repeat once again, Hi, bitch reflects high mood, such as happiness or excitement, and low pitch reflects low boot, such as sadness. In this audio clip, I am going to demonstrate how I use bitch as I read an excerpt from my favorite novel, The Little Prince. So get ready. What is right? Asked the little prince those also, Our actions too often neglect it, said the fox. They are what make one day different from other days. One hour from other hours, there's a right. For example, I'm on my hunters every Thursday they dance with the village girls. So Thursday's a wonderful day for me. I can take a walk as far as the vineyards. But if the hunters danced at just anytime, every day would be like every other day, and I should never have any vacation at all. So did you notice how used pitch to convey some emotions such as seriousness, excitement or even disappointment? You can listen to it one more time and find out how use bitch to make you feel that story. Actually, you could also do the same thing you could read out loud and record a passage, a coat of race. Listen to your voice and ask yourself, Can I feel that story through my pitch? So that is how pitch can make you the listeners feel my story or my speech. So once again, it's very important that you pay attention to your highs and lows when you deliver a speech or when you tell a story so that its bitch. Now we're going to move on to the second P, which is power 5. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Power: Now let's move on to the second p, which is power powers, actually, the volume, the use of volume, low value or high volume. Now we're using the right kind of volume equal eight's. A very good imagery makes your stories your speeches more vivid. Also, bull you. It's very important when you want to deliver impactful or meaningful message in your story or in your speech. This is how I use voice in my storytelling or speeches. When I'm talking about low roots, I speak some and it makes them feel the same. But if I'm talking about on intense emotion or something high mood such as happiness, excitement or even anger, I use high value. I speak loud now. This also affects the listeners. Either they get startled or they get excited. Now, another way for me to use the right kind of volume is when I want to emphasize or stress out an important message for the main idea. When I deliver the key message, or when I talk about on important idea in my speech or story, I emphasize it. I stretch it out by speaking Louds. I put high volume in it so that the audience can remember this and will act as a signal. Hey, this is something that we have to remember. But before I do that, I will try to excite them. I would put them into Spence. So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to speak softly and what I speak softly. We tend to get closer as if you're trying to. Then gradually I will increase the volume of my voice until I am already at the part where I'm going to deliver or speak out the main idea. 6. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Power Part 2 (Word stress and demonstration of word stress): finally speaking off emphasis or stress. What I mentioned earlier, putting volume on the main idea or the keywords is a good way for you to use volume. And we call this word stress, and I'm going to demonstrate by reading out so sentences. Actually, the seven says, are just the same kind of sentence. But I'm going to use different works. Dress for you to find out how the meanings change every time I use a different word stress . So get ready to listen. The girl in white shirt is Sandy. The girl in white shirt is sending the girl in white shirt is Sandy. Did you notice the change of the meaning? You know, the senators are just the same, right? But each sentence has two different implication or carries a different meaning. And that is because I changed the word stress. Eat every sentence, So imagine the power of volume. It could redefine a sentence. It could redefine the meaning of your ideas. It had impact your speeches or stories up next record to talk about pace 7. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pace (including demonstration): Hi there, fellow skills, your learners once again welcome back. And this time we're going to move on to the final two peas, a vocal variety, and these are pace and pause. Okay, Speaking of the last two piece, we're going to start off with pace Base refers to the speed of your speech. It could vary from fast to slow, depending on what kind of emotion you want to convey or how you want your key message or your catch phrase to be delivered. Normally. In my experience, I would slow down. I want to talk about something important. For example, I am going to deliver a key message. I am going to slow down a bit so that the audience or the listeners can easily follow me. I can understand what the key message is, however, if it gets really too excited that I feel so happy that I tend to speak faster. So that is how vocal variety in pays works different emotion, different kind of speed. We don't to speak faster when we get excited or if we're talking about high points or events in motion. We speak slowly when we talk about, said Jude, Emotions or if we are about to deliver the key message or the main idea so that we allow our listeners to understand and follow us closely than again. Speaking fast are speaking slow, actually makes your audience or listeners follow you. In fact, when you speak fast, they tend to feel excited as well, or the Harvard because of probable when we speak slow 10. To be more serious, they can to listen closely more attentively. Either way, that is a technique to get audience engagement. So that is how important pace is when it comes to vocal variety. This peed off your speech. If you speak fast or he speaks low, actually make it audience feel the same, depending what kind of emotion you want to convey. Or it makes the listeners understand clearly not just the message, but the feeling behind your stories or your speeches. Once again pace. It's all about the speed of your speech. It could vary from being fast or being slow, depending on what kind of emotion you want to convey, or how you want your key ideas or your main ideas or even your catch phrase to be delivered . So practice the right kind of speed. Understand when they have to speak fast or when they have to speak slow. Now we're going to move on to the last p, which is cause 8. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pause: All right, so now we have already covered the three piece. Now let me just go through it again. So we have already, bitch. Power and pace. Now we're gonna move on to the final p, which is pause. Pauses are breaks. They could be either a short break or a brief pause or a low pause. Use these two kinds of posits to make the listeners understand you better feeling better and make your ideas, your stories, your speeches more meaningful and more in fact. Now let me tell you a few reasons why. Pauses are very important. Pauses. Let your listeners digest your ideas, especially when you're talking about complex or difficult topics. You allow them. I understand you better. By pausing briefly. Next, pauses allow you to articulate your thoughts. It helps you move from one idea to another smoothly, because when you pause, you can think clearly what the same nets. Thus it reduces gap fillers, suggest or unnecessary repetition such as and and end or the and finally pauses are healthy because it allows you to greet thin every. So let me repeat those three reasons why pauses are very important. First allows your listeners to the gesture ideas, especially if you're talking about complex or difficult top. It's Nest opposes allow you to be very articulate because you can stop, I think, clearly what to say next and reduce gap fillers. And finally, closets are healthy because it lets you breathe in and breathe out. So now you understand how important causes are, and we're going to find out how to apply pauses in our speeches or stories. I am going to demonstrate they use a pause in the next part. Get ready. 9. 4 P's of Vocal Variety: Pause Part 2 (How and when to apply pauses): this time I'm going to talk about, went up like pauses, and I'm going to take this from an ESL teacher perspective. I'm going to explain or demonstrate went up like pauses so that you could effectively apply pauses. Or you could effectively pause during your speech. So let's get ready. First, apply pauses when giving a list of items or ideas. Pause briefly in every item. You think it's significant or important. For example, I like photography, traveling and reading books. So you know this those brief process between those three items. It is very important that you pause every item so that the listeners can understand each item or the whole context. Seconds apply pauses after punctuation. For example, How are you? My name is Roland. I'm an English teacher, photographer and writer. Nice to meet you. 30. Apply pauses before and after conjunctions or transitional devices, for example. In addition to processes, silence is one thing we have to practice. As a matter of fact, there's a saying. Silence is golden. Now you notice that I cost longer before saying silence is golden and that is the fourth situation you apply. Pause when you're about to deliver a very important message again and finally pause before a question tag. For instance. You know the expression. Silence is golden, don't you? That was quite long, right? So hopefully you learn something about pauses, and I hope that you could apply pauses in your storytelling or in your speeches. Okay, take a break. Pause for a while. Let me again repeat the three reasons why pauses are important. First, it allows the listeners to the just ideas that you're telling them, especially if you're talking about complex or difficult topics. Third, it allows you to think clearly and be more articulate. It also helps you reduce gap fillers. And finally, pauses are healthy because it allows you to breathe in and breathe out. So that's all of that pauses. We have already covered a four piece, namely pitch, power, pace and pause. The next thing that we're going to talk about is your project. Yeah, we're gonna have do past here, and if you visit my course page, you will see there those two projects and I will explain it once again here how to do those two projects 10. Vocal Variety FINALE - Project Instructions and Recap: Now I hope that you have already seen the project description in my course page, and I'm just going to explain it clearly here, how to accomplish those two projects. So first, we're going to read out loud and record a passage from one of my favorite novels, The Little Prince. After you have recorded it, upload it and share it with us here so that we could also enjoy listening to your recording . Next in the Final One, you're going to create a short audio clip, which last do the three minutes You could think of anything. It could be a personal story, an anecdote, an inspirational one, a motivational one on informative one on entertaining one. It all depends on you. Feel free to share what you have in mind in skill share, record, upload, share it and inspire other learners. And it really excited to listen to your speeches, your short speeches and off course your charming voices. Once again, let me recap the four piece of vocal variety. These are pitch power pace and pause book. A variety adds impact and lie to your speeches and stories. It creates vivid scenarios are vivid scenes that your listeners can imagine. As you tell them a story or us, you deliver a speech. It redefines the meaning. It creates a very good impression not only off your speech, but also who you are as a storyteller or speaker. And finally, Book of Variety makes your listeners engaged and that what makes you charming. Thank you so much for being here with me in skill share. I hope to see you in my future courses. If you have some suggestions, comments or feedback, please feel free to drop me a message I loved improved the quality of my classes, not just with the topic, but also the way I deliver my classes here on skills here. So once again, thank you so much and hope to see you guys in the future have a wonderful day.