By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 21, 2011
Does your voice have interesting qualities linked to where you were raised or those around you?
What does your "sound" sound like?
Regardless of where you were brought up or by whom, we can all hear something in our natural speaking voices that tells us where we've come from and can in effect chart the timeline of our vocal heritage.
Where did the sound of your voice come from?
Join the discussion in today's VOX Daily.
While some people may wonder about where they came from, many voice artists might wonder, "Where did my voice come from?"
Your voice is unique. Just as a finger has its own set of prints exclusive to you, your voice has what is called a voice print.
Although genetics certainly play a role in the timbre or range of a voice, more often than not it's the people we are surrounded by and places where we live that affect our sound. By virtue of living among other people, we are exposed to diverse vocal traits that present opportunities to develop or mimic people with vocal tendencies or characteristics that differ from our own.
Voice teacher Karyn O'Connor, of SingWise.com, states that vocal timbre refers to the quality or colour of tone being produced by a singer (or voice artist, in our case). Being a voice major myself, I've noticed that timbre can be affected by:
Timbre relates to how you sound in terms of your instrument.
How your voice comes across through the use of language also plays a role. This is apparent in the way people speak where you're from (regional accents) and manner of voice production and speech. You may even pick things up just by listening to someone on the television, radio or on film!
What shaped your voice and or speech patterns? Can you hear any relatives in there? How about neighbours or broadcast personalities?
Would be willing to share your thoughts and contribute to the conversation? Perhaps there's something I've missed that you wish to add.
If you feel that your heritage or community shaped the way you sound, let me know by leaving a comment!
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