The Little Big Voice The Little Big Voice
Voice coaching for ordinary people

Simon Raybould
ISBN 9781903689158 (1903689155)
Piquant, 2002

Category: Education
Reviewed by: Phil Groom

Fed up with SHOUTING to make yourself heard? Fed up with croaking, straining your throat or losing your voice when you've got an announcement to make?

Then this is the book for you! The Little Big Voice is subtitled Voice coaching for ordinary people — and that's exactly what it's about. Simon Raybould, the book's author, manages the Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and works as a voice coach with the Curved Vision Theatre. He has experience of teaching private individuals, members of amateur theatre companies, actors, teachers, and lecturers.

In this book he explains in straightforward terms how to make the most of your voice — every tiny detail of how your voice works, how your breathing affects it, what exercises you can do to improve it. And he makes it fun as he teaches you to do the "wide-mouthed frog" and the "exaggerated kiss" warm-up exercises! He explains which words and sounds go together well and which ones to beware of tripping over, then provides a whole section of sample texts, with commentary, for practice.

Normally priced at £8.99, during March and April 2004 The Little Big Voice is available from Christian bookshops at the special offer price of only £2.99. Whether you're an experienced speaker or a novice, you'd be crazy to miss it.

Phil Groom, February 2004

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