Tone Of Voice Exercise Part 8: Range

The tone in your vocal delivery can have a more substantial impact upon the listener when you broaden your harmonic Range. Much in the way that Volume and Pacing can fluctuate, and Intonation can alternate, the “melody” in your voice should change and flow in sync with your message. This sing-song vocal aesthetic serves to facilitate a powerful connection between you and the listener/audience.

How Range Can Work In Your Favor:

Allowing for dynamic Range in your speaking voice can add color and dimension to your subject matter, transforming even the simplest content into a message that reaches out and grabs the audience. Think of the lyrics to your favorite song; when they’re just written on a page or read in monotone, the message gets lost. When they are sung in that familiar tune, they literally resonate.

How Range Can Work Against You:

When exploiting your melodic Range, be careful not to force your voice’s melody beyond the limits of its natural pitch. For instance, since women’s shorter vocal chords keep their voices pitched at a higher level than men’s, we are often tempted to synthetically “deepen” our voice by forcing it below Range into the territories of falsetto or even glottal fry. To be taken seriously as a woman in business, explore the limits of your natural range instead of conforming to that of men.

Your Mission:

Explore the lyrics to the familiar and dramatic song below. Sing the song in your head the way you’ve heard it so many times. Then, instead of singing it, recite it in your head as if it were a poem, while trying to maintain the Range it exhibits as a song. Equate this to the way an audience would receive the powerful message therein if you were to recite these lyrics to them with expressive Range. Then, play around by reciting the lyrics as if being passively and quickly read for content, like when reading email. Read them again, this time adding colorful Range without actually singing. Compare these variations, and in the process, get to know the limits of your own voice, taking them into account when speaking professionally.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!

 I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.”