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As you have probably heard, Travis has stressed warm ups to our students. We wanted to give you an article that will help support you as you learn about why Warming up is so important! Check it out!
Acting has been around since humans existed on this planet. We use it to tell stories and communicate with our audience different emotions and experiences. How we tell that story can vary depending on the technique you use. Did you know there are lots of different acting methods? Read this article put out by performerstuff.com and learn a little bit about the main 8 different techniques they discuss!
8 Different Acting Techniques and the Celebrities Who Use Them
Written by Ashleigh Gardner
July 13, 2016
Are you curious about acting techniques but don’t know where to start? The list below compiles basics on our world’s most popular and well-known acting teachers, the celebrities who follow their methods, and a list of acting books for further reading. Dive in! And find which method suits you best.
The father of acting techniques, Stanislavski approached acting through an emotional recall method, encouraging students to use past experiences to fuel their character’s reactions and emotions. He then shied away from this “inside out” approach to use the “magic if” — when the actor places themselves in an imaginary circumstance and decides how their character would react.
Students: Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud
Further Reading: An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, Creating a Role
Chekhov studied under Stanislavski at the First Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre and had a nervous breakdown when he employed Stanislavski’s method of emotional recall. He practiced a physical and imagination-based system of achieving character through physicalizing a character’s need through an external gesture. Then, the gesture is unlearned through rehearsal and rather performed internally.
Students of this technique: Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, and Jack Nicholson
Further Reading: On the Technique of Acting
Lee Strasberg’s Method
Strasberg took Stanislavski’s use of “emotional recall” and ran with it. He believed that an actor achieves their most truthful performance when they apply a memory from their own life to their character’s emotions. Tools Strasberg used to teach his students were the coffee cup exercise (having a student drink a cup of coffee and then have them truthfully repeat the event only through pantomime) and the animal exercise (having a student study an animal that resembles the emotional traits of their character and then embody that animal in performance exercise).
Students of this technique: Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Steve Buscemi
Further Reading: Acting: A Handbook of the Stanislavski Method, A Dream of Passion
Adler pushed her students to make choices for their characters that are different from the choices they would make themselves. She encouraged outside research and heavily focused on the use of sensory imagination to fuel an actor’s performances. Her main message? “In your choices lies your talent.”
Students of this technique: Robert DeNiro, Benecio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, and Melanie Griffith
Further Reading: The Art of Acting, The Technique of Acting, Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov
Sanford Meisner believed that acting is reacting. He disagreed with Stanislavski and Strasberg’s use of emotional recall and believed, rather, that an actor should live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. A strong proponent of an actor’s instinct, Meisner developed the Repetition Exercise in which two actors repeat a phrase back and forth to one another to encourage listening and instinctual reactions.
Students of this technique: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Robert Duvall, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, and Diane Keaton
Further Reading: Sanford Meisner on Acting
Developed by David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, this technique focuses on a four-step breakdown of a scene that helps the actor understand their character’s motivations and circumstances: The “Literal”, the basic description of what is happening; The “Want”, what the actor’s character wants another character to do; The “Essential Action”, a description of what the actor, not the character, wants in the scene; and The “As If”, which relates the Essential Action to the actor’s own life experience. Another way to remember it is GOAT (Goal, Obstacle, Tactics, and Expectation), developed by Robert Cohen.
Students of this technique: Felicity Huffman, Rose Byrne, Jessica Alba, and Clark Gregg.
Further Reading: A Practical Handbook for the Actor
The actor who originated the role of “Martha” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Uta Hagen advocated for naturalistic acting. She taught that an actor should put their own memories and psyche to work in finding their character. What will result is a character that is truthful, natural, and instinctual. She spoke against using any form of acting technique that used a rigid set of rules to achieve a character.
Students of this technique: Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Liza Minnelli, and Jon Stewart.
Further Reading: Respect for Acting, A Challenge for the Actor
A pioneer and the mother of American improvisation, Spolin designed her improv games to give the actors something to focus on during the exercise — a problem or an end point. By adhering to these tasks, actors can learn to be less self-conscious and more in the moment about their decisions and actions, inspired by creativity and the other actors around them.
Students of this technique: Alan Arkin, Fred Willard, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner
Further Reading: Improvisation for the Theater
Hello!! Wanted to share this article by the New York Times Magazine. It shares ways to be able to sing in tune! It gives some good techniques to work on your pitch and may be a good exercise to add to your daily routine! This article also explains that most anyone can learn to sing in tune! My favorite quote you can find at the end, “Singing,” Nichols says, “leads to more singing.”
I love the explanation that Mo Gawdat give us on happiness. Remembering that Happiness is different then Fun. Happiness is what we think about the situation we are in. Take 2 min and watch this video and give yourself a good check on how you are thinking about Happiness.
Many people think that they are a useless cause when it comes to their ability to sing. But in fact, they are wrong! There is an article that was put out by the IVA (Institute of Vocal Advancement ) about everyone's ability to sing! Check it out!
"Do you have a pair of vocal folds that can produce sound? Can you tell the difference between a higher note and a lower note? Good news! You and about 98.5% of the population absolutely can be taught how to sing.
And the rest? Well, according to a recent Canadian study, about 1.5% of the population suffer from a condition called “congenital amusia”. They have real difficulty discriminating between different pitches, tone, and sometimes rhythm.
So if you were to play a well-known melody – say, the tune to “Happy Birthday” – and you played a few wrong notes, most people would identify the errors straight away. However, someone with congenital amusia might not notice anything wrong at all.
Natural talent aside, most of us can be taught to sing
Several years ago I had a request for private vocal lessons from a woman who just wanted to sing one song for her husband’s birthday in six months time.
What I noticed was that she was unable to accurately pitch match. She came to lessons each week and maintained her practice with incredible diligence. What she lacked in natural ability, she made up for in heart and work ethic. Within six months, she was not only matching pitch, but she was singing one and a half octave patterns slowly through her entire range (for example, from low C to A in the next octave up).
More importantly if she sang a note incorrectly, she could discern and correct it herself. She performed the song for her family and it was a happy outcome for all involved.
Her experience shows that hard work pays off, but that’s not the only factor. Work by German researchers found that that it is not just how much you practice that counts, but rather how quickly you identify and correct your error. This is what makes an OK singer into an expert performer. That said, without deliberate practice even the most talented singer will reach a plateau and get stuck.
How singing works
Understanding exactly how singing works is a surprisingly complex field of research. There is a rather significant leap from singing in the shower or being part of a community choir (although both are a great place start) to pursuing singing professionally.
Singing practice and training involves generating a sense of vocal freedom – this is what you’re seeing when you watch someone sing movingly, beautifully but seemingly without effort. For most singers, years of practice go into developing that kind of freedom.
As singing voice teacher Jeannette Lovetri writes:
It takes about 10 years to be a master singer. Ten years of study, investigation, involvement, experience, experiment, exploration, and development, and in some way, that’s when you start really being an artist.
We are all born with the key ingredients of a singing voice. The early gurgling and bubbling sounds we make as babies contain some of the key components of singing – a variety of pitches, dynamics, rhythms and phrases. But some of us may have a genetic advantage that can be enhanced by training.
A University of Melbourne study called Let’s Hear Twins Sing aims to discover what factors influence singing ability and to what extent genes play a role in pitch accuracy.
Physical skill and control
The act of singing looks simple but actually involves highly skilled control and coordination of muscles - and these muscles need to be both flexible and strong. True control comes from training.
A person needs to be able to control the air pressure in their lungs and use their abdominal muscles to push air through the trachea, where it meets the vocal folds, which start to vibrate. In a really good singer, vocal health, posture and alignment, breath management are matched with imagination, self-expression and creativity.
A really good contemporary professional pop singer isn’t just born that way. They also need an inquiring mind, dedication to understanding the physiology of the vocal instrument, the discipline and daily practice of warm-ups and a variety of exercises, a deep understanding of music harmony, ability to notate and transcribe music, some degree of improvisation and stagecraft skills.
Film stars learn to sing all the time for a role (usually surrounded by a team of vocal teachers and months of daily practice). The results aren’t always perfect, but that’s not necessarily what is important. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, for example, has a small, breathy voice but it suits her role and enhances her character.
So if you’ve never sung professionally but want to try singing, I encourage you to give it a go! Chances are that you can be taught to sing – and even if you can’t, there are health benefits to trying.
Singing increases breathing control and lung capacity, it can improve heart health, and release the happy hormone oxytocin, elevate your mood and reduce pain, and may even increase your immunity. Even practising a new behaviour, like singing, can be good for the brain.
So enjoy singing. Find a singing teacher who loves singing and teaching, performs regularly and incorporates their knowledge of anatomy and physiology into their vocal teaching. Once you start, you’ll likely realise that singing can bring benefits for life.
Leigh Carriage, Lecturer in Music, Southern Cross University
This article was originally published on The Conversation and has been updated since its previous publication. "
You can see the full article here: https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/02/pretty-much-anyone-can-be-taught-how-to-sing/?fbclid=IwAR0zgpZ_9foBV5_BdRjezuR1ryFXNkcQohXpWoMNZ79i_aQBpducuKaj3pY
I think about this concept all the time. How do people come to do what they do with their lives? How do we decide when there is an endless amount of possibilities. But when I saw this video by Steven Spielberg I realized he is right. Sometimes we have to remember to Listen...it will come to us.
The hardest thing is to listen. What a great time to listen as we have been given the time to slow down and think. I'm going to tell you a story.
Kirsten always knew what she wanted to be. Being a Drama Teacher is something she knew in the 5th grade. She realized at a very young age that there was no other occupation that would make her happier and most days that is true :D She felt the pull, she listened and ultimately that is what she became. The sense of accomplishment on graduation day from BYU was an incredible feeling, one she will remember almost as clearly as the moment she got her first job as a Drama Teacher.
Travis didn't always know. Travis took a long time to figure out what he wanted to do. He found himself in endless jobs that didn't fulfill him and didn't recharge his battery. In fact he found that he was being drained by these jobs that didn't speak to him. One day Travis decided to finally listen to the little voice. The one that said, hey this is what you need to do. We then decided to really start this business and to really make Travis' dream come true and you will never guess how happy Travis is now! He feels fulfilled and all of his students recharge his battery every day. He feels like finally he is living his dream.
Let us help you accomplish YOUR dream. Whatever that may be! If you feel that pull or urge to do something, DO IT! Even if its not a career change but even just learning something new. Current students...thank you for allowing us to be apart of your dream journey. We enjoy it more than we can say.
Wow! Its been awhile since I have made a blog post! Sorry about that. These are crazy times we live in right?! With so many things going on and being stuck at home, I am finding that I am listening to music much more than I normally did in my average day. I also know that I am being drawn to certain music depending on how im feeling. The music I choose, usually matches that mood. I was curious as to why and I found this study.
They explore why we feel things while listening to music, even if it is a new piece of music. They found its the contrast that pulls us in and stimulates our brain. At the end of the article it says...
“From a therapy perspective, music is a really good tool to induce emotion and engage a better mood,” one of the researchers, Assal Habibi, tells Neuroscience News.
“Using this research, we can design musical stimuli for therapy in depression and other mood disorders. It also helps us understand how emotions are processed in the brain.”
As we find ourselves in this strange experience, remember to use music to keep your spirits high. Find music that uplifts and makes you feel good. Let music lead you to your happy places when we are living in these uncertain times.
Good luck, Stay healthy, and let us know if there is anything you need from us! We are here to help you!! A fun place to listen and share your love of singing is a group called Coronavirus Quarantine Karaoke Party. If you want to join, let us know, we will throw you an invite!! Dont forget to tag us to get in on March's Promotion!
This video was really inspiring to me. Her "failure" quote or the thing that made her feel like she had lost her shot, is the thing that needed to happen to open the next door! What an amazing example of one door closing and another door opening. If we stay open and connected, opportunities for us will arise. Always look to the positive and find the next opportunity that awaits you!
Are you sick of the same songs being sung at auditions? Maybe just need a new song to sing or a new song to try? Here is a some great ideas to help you!!
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