Has anyone changed there monotone voice?

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Has anyone changed there monotone voice?
No, my voice has always been monotone for the most part. 49%  49%  [ 40 ]
My voice has NEVER been monotone. 28%  28%  [ 23 ]
Yes, my voice used to be monotone but then it changed. 23%  23%  [ 19 ]
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12 Feb 2007, 11:09 am

I've always had a monotone voice. I was wondering if some people were able to overcome this and what effort it took on their part.

Also, what kind of obstacles did you run into?

I never realized it until people pointed it out. It's hard not to be able to express emotion. People often misunderstand you or ridicule you as being "robotic".



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12 Feb 2007, 11:13 am

voice training helps a bunch.


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12 Feb 2007, 11:22 am

Doing theater and music changed that for me. Everyone used to think I was super sarcastic or dry (still am half the time) but I also have quite a bit of inflection now. Watching TV/movies/theater helped me pick up on how people talk. I don't naturally talk in a non-monotone voice, but I have trained myself to say things certain ways. When I am not paying attention, I get either very monotone, or very sing-songy, high pitched and loud or just loud.



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12 Feb 2007, 11:56 am

My voice varies from being monotone to normal. 95% of the time I don't speak in monotone.


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12 Feb 2007, 11:57 am

Vegasadelphia wrote:
Doing theater and music changed that for me.


same here


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12 Feb 2007, 12:48 pm

I was born blessed not to have a monotone voice.


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12 Feb 2007, 1:18 pm

I've never to my knowledge had any tendency to speak in a monotone.

Then again, this may be partly because I've always tended not to speak unless I think I really have something worth saying. (When I speak at all, because typically about 90% of the time the rest of the world doesn't seem to agree.)


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12 Feb 2007, 1:38 pm

My voice is just a different kind of monotone now.



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12 Feb 2007, 4:37 pm

My natural tendency is to be fairly monotone. When speaking, I have to consciously monitor the tone of my voice, or it just sort of drones. (I have to do something similar with my face, otherwise my expression is always sort of blank. On the plus side, I always do great at poker. :) ) I think a few things have helped me:

1. High school drama club.
2. As a child, I would enact little dramas with action figures and such, or just in my imagination, and I would do voices for the characters.
3. I have some talent for mimicry. I remember the way other people sound when in this or that emotional state, and try to make myself sound that way. Sometimes I practice when I'm alone by reading lines from books, scripts, etc. and work to get the emotional expression right.



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12 Feb 2007, 4:53 pm

I don't really know if my voice is monotone.



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12 Feb 2007, 5:48 pm

I cannot recall if my voice was ever monotone, but I do recall having trouble reciting poems and doing drama as I put emphasis on the wrong words or stressed the wrong syllables. I think I am most likely not monotone now due to so much speech and drama and singing lessons.



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12 Feb 2007, 7:37 pm

I do have a monotone voice but hearing NTs talking to each other is doing the trick.
Usually, my voice bounces on the mid-low register. :P



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12 Feb 2007, 8:26 pm

I honestly don't know, as I'm not self-conscious enough to ask how my voice sounds to others. To me it sounds normal, a little on the flat and lifeless range - but that's because I try to keep my voice as neutral and emotionless as possible. I guess I don't want to sound like an idiot with random shifts in tone.



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12 Feb 2007, 10:30 pm

My voice used to be REALLY monotone. Now it's only slightly monotone,and that's only sometimes.


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17 Feb 2007, 4:52 pm

I asked my mother about it, because I used to speak in monotone. It was so persistant that my dad called me "eeore" (the character from winny the pooh). She said I lost it around 3-yrs old. I don't remember how. I wish I could be more help.

I do think that singing has helped me refine it. I've never done drama or poetry recitations, but I can see how those things would help a great deal.

When I read non-fiction, I try to project a voice onto the speaker. Sometimes I will try many combinations until I find what I consider to be the "best".

I don't know if this has helped or not, but perhaps it will help someone else.


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