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funny voices

So, how does one learn to do funny voices in any consistent manner? Like, accents and stuff.

I can do them a little for a short period of time, but I usually wander from accent to accent, turning anything I say into an unidentifiable hodgepodge mess.

Last night's D&D run went well. I looked around and people were smiling and laughing, at stuff I had done. The stress I had going into the evening once again turned out to be worth it, very much. So it's time to start really investing myself in this thing.

Coming around lunchtime: Top five productive things I should be doing instead of getting Dagny to level N+1, courtesy the "top N meme" from abce.

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rifmeister
Mar. 8th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Like most things, it is easier to learn when you are younger. Also, like most performance skills, a key is to have a good way of practicing, which generally means tight feedback loops. I would pick a particular accent you like, and find some examples of it (maybe a movie, for instance). Pick a few sentences. Record yourself saying it. Listen to the recording. Be judgemental about what's working and not working, but don't be down yourself --- it's not personal. Try to do another recording that sounds a tiny bit more like the original than the first one. Repeat.

Unfortunately, this is hard work. But I cannot imagine there is any other way.

I am studying jazz right now, and I often have to do something basically exactly like this.

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