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Country Vocals Lessons: Acting for Singers - Adding Emotion Exercise

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This is one little exercise that's
a lot of fun to do to
give you a chance to just
play with different emotional tacts.
Different emotional tools and
put them in the context of a script or
a lyric that is very repetitive.
So the words themselves
aren't changing very much.
All that's changing is your intention and
the emotional tool that you're
going to use in that instance.
So this is one of my favorite books,
and it's a great tool to use for
this exercise,
because the words are very repetitive.
Basically, Harry, I call him Harry,
I don't know what his name is,
is talking to Sam I Am.
Trying to get rid of him because Sam I Am
keeps offering him green eggs and ham.
Would you like green eggs and ham?
And Harry keeps having to say basically,
I don't like them, so
I'm not going to eat them.
Would you please just go away and leave me
alone, but Sam doesn't take the hint and
so Harry has to keep repeating
himself over and over.
Well, obviously if you just
repeat yourself over and
over saying the same thing in the same
way you're not gonna accomplish much.
If it didn't accomplish getting rid
of him the first time you said it,
it's not gonna accomplish it the second
time repeating it the same way.
No, you gotta change your emotional tact.
So, we're just gonna do an exercise here
where we repeat these same words over and
over, but we have to find a different
emotional expression a different
emotional tool to use to get what we
want which is to make Sam go away.
So the first term here it says this,
let's say he's just
been very dismissive, I don't have
time for you, you need to go away.
I do not like them, Sam I Am,
I do not like green eggs and ham.
It doesn't work because Sam I am comes
back with, would you like them here or
So Harry has to repeat himself, but
he can't just be dismissive because that
didn't work,
he's gotta try something else.
Now let's say he dials it up
a little bit and he's just angry.
I would not like them here or there,
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham,
I do not like them Sam I Am.
Hoping that if he dials
up his anger a little bit
he'll scare of intimidate Sam a bit and
that will make him go away.
But it doesn't work, Sam comes back.
Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?
So Harry has to come up
with something else,
being dismissive didn't work,
being angry didn't work.
What's another emotional
tool that we can try
with Harry to see if we
can get Sam to go away?
Let's try being very logical and
reasonable and
trying to get Sam to see the reason,
the logic behind my decision and
maybe that will convince him to go away.
I do not like them in a house,
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there,
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham,
I do not like them Sam I Am.
Can't you see the reason of what I'm
communicating with you here, Sam?
Is that the right emotional tool
to use to get you to go away?
No, it's not,
because then Sam is back on the next
page with would you eat them in a box?
Would you eat them with a fox?
So you can see the exercise here.
What I want you to do is using Green Eggs
and Ham just make up your own script.
If you don't have a copy of the book, it's
pretty easy, you get the general idea.
I don't like them here or there,
I do not like them in a box,
with a fox, in a house, with a mouse.
You can make up your own green eggs and
ham script, and
it'll be funny and brilliant.
But I wanna see you in your video
submission give me an example of
at least three very clearly
different emotional tools
that you might use to get what you want,
which in this script, is to make
Sam go away with his Green Eggs and Ham,
so that you don't have to eat them.
See how creative you can be,
if you can come up with more than three,
give me four or five.
But let me see your video
submission of Green Eggs and
Ham with all the emotional tools you
might use to get rid of Sam I Am.