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February 1, 2015

Singing tips for actors

Filed under: Teaching thoughts/tips,Uncategorized — jan @ 8:09 am

1) I suggest that you warm up your voice – low and high notes daily. Get used to making plenty of sound in both registers.

2) Then really go about the house singing ordinary conversation. Let your voice go high and low, but realize that mostly we sing in our talking range which is a balance between those two registers.

3) Diction! Diction! Diction! I doubt you will reach a point where someone will say, “That is too much.”

4) Open your mouth and move your lips. Not only will that let the sound out and improve your diction, it also will look like you are doing something. You don’t want to be a ventriloquist on stage.

5) Move around the house as you sing – it will be more than your blocking will be in the show, but if your body is free and relaxed, you will sing more easily and the muscle memory will carry over when you are standing still.

6) Don’t fret too much about which register any particular note is in. If it is a full sound and in tune, it won’t matter if it is in head voice, chest voice or something in between. Sing your songs often so your voice gets used to switching registers.

7) Become your character. The audience won’t remember how any particular notes sounded if they believe you are your character.

December 24, 2011

2011 puzzle solution

Filed under: Advent — jan @ 10:38 am

click to download as pdf

November 27, 2011

Advent 2011

Filed under: Advent — jan @ 6:57 pm

Here’s this year’s crossword grid!

http://jansong.com/downloads/xmas-grid-2011.pdf

December 19, 2010

Holiday Greetings 2010

Filed under: Advent — jan @ 11:30 am

November 22, 2010

Advent 2010 Song grid

Filed under: Uncategorized — jan @ 8:54 am

8D____ 33A______ 20D ___ 3A_____ 32D__ 2D_____ 19A__ 9A___ 35A_____

24D____ 18A__! 8D____ 11D_________ 21A_______.

23D_____ 3A_____ 20D___ 6A____ 3A_____ 20D___ 16D___ 3A_____

4D____ 12A_____

24D____ 18A__! 9A___ 11A______-7A_____’34A_ 25A_17D_______.

10A____ 22A___ 20D___ 10A____ 1A_____, 10A____ 14D___ 20D___

10A____ 26A_____,

10A_____ 17A________ 20D___ 7D_________ 20D___ 30D___

15A_____ 1D________, 15A_____ 5A____ 20D___ 15A_____ 29A_____

20D___ 15A_____ 31A_____ –

20D___, 27D__ 28A___, 9A___ 11A______ 7A_____ 32D__ 13A___.

Advent 2010 Crossword Grid

Filed under: Uncategorized — jan @ 8:43 am

crosword grid2010-xls.pdf
Here is the crossword grid for this year’s game.

January 31, 2010

Valentine crossword grid

Filed under: Uncategorized — jan @ 11:52 am

valentine22.pdf

December 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jan @ 10:46 am

Preview of ³xwsoluti_2A58F83.pdf

The solution to crossword ’09

Filed under: Uncategorized — jan @ 10:34 am

Let’s see if this will work.

November 21, 2009

Still trying to post Advent Grid

Filed under: Uncategorized — jan @ 1:50 pm

xsgrid09.pdf

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