Tuesday, 26 March 2013

For Ventriloquists: How to change your voice

For a ventriloquist its very important to change the voice and have a distinct and different voice for each character. Today i am going to show you some of the tips that would help you change your voice according to your characters.

You can make it higher like Mickey Mouse type voice. (This is called a falsetto voice)
You can make it lower like Santa Claus. (Ho, Ho, Ho)
It can be gravely like Oscar the Grouch. (Hey, who knocked on my can?)
Sweet and soft like Snow White.
Bumpkin, like Goofy.

The most important thing is to make it different than your own. This will make your puppet stand out on its own. You also need to give your puppet a character. All that means is if your puppet likes baseball or dancing, camping or anything that you like. This will give your audience a good idea of your puppets character. Once you have created a character you then need to make it come alive by movement. This is also called manipulation. Your puppet needs to move like it's real. A good way to do this is to practice in front of a mirror or video camera. Make sure that the puppet is constantly moving in a natural motion. If you are looking in one direction have the puppet look in another direction. Make it look quickly to one side and open and close the mouth even if it's not saying anything. Move its body and arms as a real person would.

Once you have a good voice and good manipulation then its time to try ventriloquism.

The most important thing about ventriloquism is to try not to move your lips. There are ways to practice this, in our alphabet there are letters that make your lips come together. These letters are B-F-M-P-V-W.

If you place a pencil in between your lips and say the alphabet, these letters will make your upper and lower lips come together. Just try it.

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