Vocal exercise – Speaking #2: Using the buzz in running speech


‘Running speech’ is the continuous
sound of spoken dialogue. Buzzing your way through several
sentences of running speech will help you to monitor
your breathing pattern. Keep your hand on your abdominal wall. It needs to move in as you speak
and out as you breathe. Silently read this line of text. Make sure you aren’t speed-reading and imagine the words sounding in your
head at your normal talking speed. Read it again. Keep thinking the words in your head, but this time make a
“vvvv” sound for each syllable. Remember to pull your abdominal wall
inwards gently as you make the “vvv” sound, and release when you want to
breathe in-between phrases. You can monitor this by placing
your hand on your abdominal wall. Now say the words out loud. Notice that your sound is
easier and more expressive, because of the way
you’re using your breath. The voice is unique because of its ability to
change size, shape and texture while the sound is being made.

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