course code: WS502
up and on beyond the whispered ah!
with kathryn armour
tuesday aug 11, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: IW2-040, Irish World Academy Building (level 2)
Among Alexander's elite London clientele the 'ah' was a standard speech sound, which required no explanation, demonstration or training. The 'whispered ah' etude was therefore readily organized through attention to breath and the primary control, even though I believe it was clearly meant as a breath- to- speech exercise. Contemporary American dialects certainly have no standard 'ah', and in the Alexander world we represent many languages and infinite personal speech patterns. It is therefore useful to examine more closely the structures of speech (skull, ear, tongue, jaw, larynx, soft palate) in relation to our individual speech habits. We will also integrate a basic understanding of the physics of sound (acoustics), and how all of this relates to the primary control.
My workshop will offer anatomical information, mapping etudes, and speech etudes to bring about internal vocal coordination. We will work hands-on with each other, and explore the meaning of 'speaking up' as an internal direction with an acoustical result, rather than as an idea about 'loudness' or volume. Lastly we will investigate how we might make the leap to melody carrying meaningful text.