Singing For VO

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Singing for Voice Over

Singing offers a lot of tangible advantages to anyone in Voice Acting.
For those of you who sing, I know I’m preaching to the choir! (rim shot)

But how long has it been since you’ve had a refresher?
And if you’re in VO and don’t sing, why not?

Although I’ve been in many musicals, sung with choral groups, and even performed musical improv, it had been a few years since I really sang.

Time for a tune-up!
I recently started taking lessons with a new teacher, and it’s given me a renewed sense of confidence in my vocal abilities.

Here are just a few of the areas singing can help with:

  • Tone:
    The pitch of your voice… high, medium, low (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Bass)
  • Breathing:
    Proper breathing allows you to better control your sound.
  • Timing:
    Learning musical rhythm can help in setting your pace for both segments of the copy and for the overall read.
  • Vocal Placement:
    Chest voice, Head voice, Throat, etc. Placement is especially useful in creating characters and accents.
  • Core Support and Strengthening:
    A strong core is related to your breathing, and can give you more power and energy in your voice.
  • Volume Control:
    Knowing when to sing soft is just as important as being able to belt out a tune. Having a solid control of your volume takes practice.
  • Conveying Emotion:
    Even in a language you may not understand, songs can elicit a great deal of emotion. Learning how to deliver that to your audience is directly applicable to VO work.
  • Communication of Ideas:
    Clear communication is another win for any voice work. Knowing how to form your words and phrases so that they convey ideas is the core of it all.

My friend Marc Cashman even has a chapter in his book “V-Oh! Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career” dedicated to the concept of “Finding the Music in Copy”. Here’s a short excerpt:

“Copy or text is musical. It has ebb and flow and different keys. It has sharps, flats, rests, words that are held, chopped off, high or low, soft or loud, all the same emphasis or wild ups and downs, with dynamics and crescendos. Copy reads (or plays) like a story/song, with a beginning, middle and end.”

(Marc’s book is available on Amazon, or click here to order an autographed copy)

Sometimes, I’ll even sing the copy just to get a different feel for the way it flows.

Do you sing? If so, how long has it been since you performed or had lessons? It might be time for a refresher to tune-up your instrument!

To close, here’s a number that I’ve been working on.
It’s called “I Won’t Send Roses” from the musical “Mack and Mabel” – Enjoy!

      I Won't Send Roses (Joe J Thomas)

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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Carving Meat Loaf

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Carving Meat Loaf

In honor of Meat Loaf‘s upcoming birthday on Sept. 27th (Happy Birthday Mr. Loaf!!!)…

Today I’d like to dissect his song “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad“.
Meat Loaf: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
It’s a great rock ballad from 1977. Packed with deep emotions and hidden meaning, it strikes a chord in me every time I hear it.

But what if we look at it from a few different perspectives:

  • His viewpoint (he’s a romantic)
  • Her viewpoint (he’s a jerk)
  • Neutral viewpoint (psycho-logical)

Here’s how the song is seen in each of these cases:

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Livin’ with Fast Food!

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“Livin’ With Fast Food”

(parody song of “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles)

Concept and Lyrics by: Joe J Thomas
Voice, Guitar, and Mix by: Power Salad

Copyright: Joe J Thomas and JoesDump.com 2015
All Rights Reserved
Not A Quinn-Martin Production

—— Lyrics ——
“Livin’ With Fast Food”
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You Don’t Mess with Donald’s Hair!

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You Don’t Mess with Donald’s Hair

(a parody tribute for Donald Trump)

Written and performed by Joe J Thomas

      *** DOWNLOAD THE MP3 HERE ***

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Copyright, Copywrong?

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Copyright, Copywrong?

*** Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and I don’t claim to know the law. The following is just my personal experience in one area of copyright… Reader discretion is advised! ***

How is a major record label making money off of my song?

Well, if you do parodies, sooner or later someone’s gonna notice and claim copyright.

For me, that happened with a parody I did of Brad Paisley’s “Mr. Policeman”, and posted it on YouTube. Ironically, my parody is about Legal Disclaimers:

Copyright is a thorny issue, to be sure. I can understand both sides.
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Legal Disclaimer Song

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Legal Disclaimer

a song parody by Joe J Thomas

(with apologies to Brad Paisley)

Legal Disclaimer Song
Audio:

      Legal_Disclaimer_Song_-_JoeActor

Video:

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NDA Blues

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NDA Blues

by Motif “Bluesman” Thomas

Motif "Bluesman" Thomas

Following his breakout success “Herbert The Homicidal Turkey” last year, we’ve recently uncovered this early gem from Motif’s 92 year career in his basement. His struggles with “The Man” are evident in both songs, but you can really hear the genesis of the idea in this older classic.

We hope you enjoy “NDA Blues” by Motif “Bluesman” Thomas:

      JoeActor_NDA_Blues_64k


definition: NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)
A legally binding contract that ensures a performer will keep their mouth shut about sensitive project details until said project has been released to the general public.


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Herbert the Homicidal Turkey

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Herbert the Homicidal Turkey

Lyrics and Singing by Joe J Thomas
(as: Motif “Bluesman” Thomas)

The holidays are upon us! What better way to celebrate than with a brand-spankin-new holiday song… My gift to you – Enjoy!

*** Download “Herbert the Homicidal Turkey” MP3 Here! ***
Herbert H Turkey


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ObamaCare! on Dr. Demento!

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*** Huge News ***

My ObamaCare Halloween parody song (below) is on this week’s Dr. Demento Halloween show! (how cool is that?!?!?)

Here’s a direct link to the Dr. Demento site:
Dr. Demento (official site)

It’s airing as the grand finale of a 2-hour episode… Streaming direct from the Dr. at $2 for the whole show, and there are also monthly and yearly subscription if you’re truly deeeemented 😉

… and below is a re-posting of the song and lyrics – Enjoy!

ObamaCare!

(a Halloween parody song)

written and voiced by Joe J Thomas

 
*** Download the ObamaCare Halloween Parody MP3 Here! ***
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