About Cris Riedel

A twenty-year veteran of performing stories, Cris likes best to tell the old ones.  Folktales of those who solve the problem–and save the day–with their wits.  She has performed at the National Storytelling Conference, and the Stone Soup and Lehigh Valley Festivals.  This year she  celebrated twelve years of receiving grants for telling for summer reading programs in her native western New York state.

From Cris's Commentary

Steady as she goes– power breathing March 5, 2018

I’ve posted several times about breath, and how it is the foundation for speech.  Here’s a little exercise to support your breath support:  Begin by taking large breaths.  Slowly in, slowly out.  Now do this through your mouth.  Now add a little pressure, make a sssss noise or a zzzzz noise.  Keep the breaths long … Continue reading Steady as she goes– power breathing

Using recordings? February 5, 2018

People say “I don’t like my voice, it sounds horrible on a recording!” I am often asked if listening to recordings helps you work on your voice.  Well, yes and no.  Mostly no.  Be careful of the quality of the recording you are listening to.  It may not sound like the Real You in the … Continue reading Using recordings?