7 Tips for Voice Modulation
What is voice modulation?
Voice modulation is the skill which helps you to emotion into the message you want to convey.
It helps you to decorate your sentence with the expression, proper emotions and perfect use of the pitch.
What’s the difference between accent, pronunciation, and voice modulation? Are they all the same or different?
An accent is a way a person or a group puts emphasis on different parts of a word. It also refers to the rhythm with which a person or a group speaks ANY language. It can also refer to the speed at which a person speaks.
Pronunciation generally refers to the clarity and correctness of the spoken word. For example, if you say “coach” for “couch” that is incorrect.
Voice modulation is generally something associated with singing, however, everyone modulates his/her voice to some extent, on a daily basis. People shout when they are excited, they whisper when they want to be secretive, they may exaggerate certain sounds, and so on. This is a natural and normal aspect of speech.
Why is it important?
Voice Modulation is an important aspect of Effective communication. Without Voice Modulation, your speech would sound flat. there are basically 6 benefits to modulation:
- Binds the audience
- Expresses emotions
- Shows confidence
- Speech becomes interesting
- Allows speaker to stress/draw the attention of a listener
- Brings clarity in Communication
How do I modulate my voice?
Voice modulation depends on 4 aspects:
- Pitch: the pitch is the volume of your voice. Example if you are angry your voice gets loud if you are sad your volume is soft, if you want to tell a secret, you whisper.
- Pace: Pace is your speed.. for example, if you are nervous or scared, you speak very fast, if you are relaxed, you speak with a clear and calm tone.
- Pause: Pause refers to the breaks we take in our sentences. We pause for many reasons. A few are at a comma, at a full stop (thought complete), we should also pause after giving important information, this will give the listener time to understand everything you have said.
- Tone: Tone is the emotion with which you speak. This is the most important part of modulation. You must speak with emotion as it will convey how you feel about the topic.
Are there any exercises to practice?
Absolutely. Here are 7 handy tips to help you practice.
- Record your voice: listen to it and see how flat it is.
- Sing along technique: Pick your favorite English song. Listen to the way the singer sings and try to imitate and record yourself singing. Now listen and compare both. Pick Ed Sheeran.
- The shut-eye technique: Pick a movie, listen to some of the dialogue with your eyes closed.. can you make out what the actor is feeling? Now try and do the same… watch the clip of My fair lady “the rain in Spain” the link of which is on our website.
- Pitch your voice: if your voice is low, do the loud reading techniques. Read from 3 steps back and read a passage. See how clear you are. If you cannot hear each word clearly, read again in a louder voice.
- Pace balance: read for 2 mins. Add 5 seconds.
- Pause for a cause: read a passage newspaper, at a comma count 1 in your head and read again. At a full stop count 2 and move on… do this daily for 10 minutes.
- Tune your Tone: Try to repeat my tone in this passage.