July 24, 2012
- Both must have a voice that can be heard.
- Both must have a voice that can last for hours at a time for days and weeks on end.
- Both must have a voice that is placed in the body in such a way that the voice is both pleasing to the listener and won’t wear out.
- Both must find the true voice with which to communicate, rather than a habitual voice which they have used through most of their lives in public situations.
- Both must be able to enunciate clearly so that jurors and audience alike can understand what is being said.
Also, the actor and the attorney must be relaxed when working on their feet—neither should be complacent about the task, but in order to get the butterflies to straighten up and fly in formation for someone either in the courtroom or on the stage takes a kind of centered relaxation that is needed by both.
The attorney, like the actor, can achieve this through a vocal warm up. Classically trained actors learn how to warm up and use their voices and how to use these exercises to improve their voices and to keep them relaxed before going onstage.
My reccomendation is the “The Step by Step Guide To The Vocal Warm Up”. This guide has been developed and gleaned from many sources over decades spent in the theatre and working with the specific vocal and relaxation needs of attorneys.
As you work with our vocal warm up programs on a consistent basis, you should be well on your way to making your voice what you want it to be—strong, supple, well placed and pleasing to the ear. You should also have a grasp of how to begin a trial as relaxed as you normally are in the middle of the third day.
To get the full article with a step-by-step guide to the vocal warm up exercises please click here: A Step by Step Guide to the Vocal Warm up Exercises
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