In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Robert Blumenfeld
Acting with the Voice

Foreword: The Art and the Business of Recording Books
How to Use This Book: a Note About the Phonetic Symbols and the Illustrative Texts
Introduction: Getting Started in the Book Recording Business
What You Need to Get Started
The Resume / The Demo Tape or CD
Getting an Agent
The Casting Process
Auditions: What a Director Expects
The Recording Session: What a Director Expects
Publishers of Recorded Books in the USA, UK and Canada
Chapter 1: The Voice
The Nature and Care of the Voice
Some Advice about Vocal Technique
Finding Your Voice
Placing and Supporting the Voice
Breathing and Breath Control
Developing Variety and Flexibility
Paralinguistics: How to Do Different Voices
How to Change Your Voice
Vocal Exercises
Chapter 2: Diction and Pronunciation
Guide to Correct Pronunciations
Positions of Vocal Apparatus
Stress Patterns: Rhythm
Pitch (Intonation, Music)
Some Sounds to Avoid
Some Difficulties with English
Some Words with Two Pronunciations
Practice Exercises for Good Diction
Chapter 3: Microphone and General Recording Techniques
Brief History of Recording
Microphone and Recording Technique
Environment of the Soundproof Sound Studio
What to Expect: How the Recording Session Works / Preparing for the Recording Session
Chapter 4: Acting Methods and Techniques
Chapter 5: Reading Techniques
Preparing the Text for rRecording
Phrasing and Thythm
Personalize the Text
Chapter 6: Recording Prose Fiction
General Advice: Telling the Story
Understanding Style and Period
Setting the Scene: Openings
Reading Different Kinds of Scenes: Action, Love, etc
The Character's Voice
Attitudes are Adjectives
Actions are Verbs
Using Accents
Chapter 7: Recording Plays
Chapter 8: Recording Poetry
Chapter 9: Recording Nonfiction: Making the Text Come Alive
How to Read Biography, Autobiography and Memoirs, and History
Essays and Philosophy
Humorous Nonfiction
Other Genres

The author of the hugely successful Accents: A Manual for Actors here turns his attention to another aspect of acting in which the voice is again of crucial importance but in which the medium requires a different message. Robert Blumenfeld convincingly argues that the basic techniques of acting apply whether the actor is performing on a stage or in a sound studio, whether he or she must memorize lines or read them, and the whether an "entrance" means opening a door or breaking into another character's speech. Numerous practice exercises help the actor to speak the words of a text that can be illustrated and enhanced by the varying sounds of a human voice. In addition to the practice exercises, the book is generous in supplying sample literary texts that the actor may choose or be asked to read. Mr. Blumenfeld analyzes and interprets these texts at length and prepares the reader to do the same for material they are unfamiliar with. Finally, Mr. Blumenfeld takes a hard look at teh business of recording books and provides substantial information about the employment opportunities available to those who have mastered the ability to "act with the voice". Robert Blumenfeld lives and works as an actor, dialect coach and writer in New York City. He has been on the faculties of both the Stella Adler and the National Shakespeare Conservatories and has recorded more than 280 Talking Books for the American Foundation for the Blind. In 1997 he received the Canadian National Institute for the Blind's Torgi Award for the Talking Book of he Year in the Fiction category for his recording of Pat Conroy's Beach Music; and in 1999, the Alexander Scourby Talking Book Narrator of the Year Award in the Fiction category.

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