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Breathing is good for you!

The medical establishment seems at last to be catching up with what some of us have known for a long time: that how we breathe has a profound effect on our ability to cope with stress. According to NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines, learning to breathe from the diaphragm can have significant positive effects on health and is recommended. Diaphragmatic breathing is a natural part of White’s Technique and is taught in the Better Voice course.

 

Voice-lifts

Face-lifts are old hat. The growing trend is for ‘voice-lifts’ to restore youthful tone to ageing voices that are becoming quavery or reedy. They are particularly popular among male executives, who are now working on into their seventies or even eighties and realize that if their voice loses its authority they will lose their authority too. According to a report in The Sunday Times, after the age of about 30 muscle tone in the vocal cords (or, more correctly, vocal folds) starts to weaken, which means they don’t come together properly and this alters the voice – the male voice in particular. To correct this, surgeons take fat from around the abdomen and inject it into the folds to bulk them up.

A voice-lift will set you back about £6,000. Learning White’s Technique will cost you a tiny fraction of that and avoid the unpleasantness and risks of an operation. Whatever the medical evidence for loss of vocal fold muscle tone with age, anyone who has heard the older members of the Ernest George White Society speak (or sing) will know that practising White’s Technique keeps the voice strong and healthy into the eighties and beyond.

 

David Morrissey’s musical speech

In an interview in The Quarterly magazine, actor David Morrissey stressed the universal importance of the timing and rhythm of an actor’s speeches, whether they’re in Shakespeare’s Macbeth or a Hollywood zombie movie – both of which he has appeared in recently. Actors use this timing and rhythm, combined with changes in pitch, to give their speeches musicality. And why is musicality important? Because it’s attractive to the listener and holds their attention in the way monotonous speech does not. The fact that any student of White’s Technique, whether they want to use it for singing or speaking, learns the Technique’s basics through sung exercises greatly encourages musicality in everyday speech that is pleasing to listen to.

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