Fixing Those Ssss’s!

29 Aug

I have to say . . .
Social media is really the coolest thing.
There are so many people out there in the field giving out FREE information, it’s awesome!

So — here’s what I learned (via a LinkedIn discussion):

Interesting Fact #1:
It’s not unusual for a female voice to have a certain amount of sibilance.
(Sibilance is a manner of articulation of fricative and affricate consonants, made by directing a stream of air with the tongue towards the sharp edge of the teeth, which are held close together.)  –Blah, blah, blah.  What?  OK, so basically, we are talking about when you have a seriously sharp “sss” sound going on.

For further confusing descriptions of what sibilant means, feel free to click here:

Interesting Fact #2:
Your “sss” doesn’t have to be modified by a sound engineer or software every time it happens. (Well thank goodness for that! I mean, as if editing wasn’t time-consuming enough — right?)

& Interesting (Life-Changing) Fact #3:
To reduce extreme “ssssss” sounds, move your tongue back from the area just behind the teeth to the middle of the hard palate. Ssss’s made close to the teeth have more of a hissing quality. Ssss’s formed farther back against the hard palate (roof of the mouth) are softer.

Amazing!  Who knew?
The EXPERTS — that’s who!

Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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