I was once told that there are 2 ways of using your voice on stage:

  1. Epic
  2. Lyric

Epic:  extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope

Lyric:  a poem that expresses deep personal feelings in a way that is like a song

After writing yesterday’s post, I think understand a bit more about what the man was trying to say to me.

Look!  I made a graph to explain!


What does this graph mean?

Your THOUGHT is the initiation (drop of water) of action.  It is also your anchor.  You loose your thought, you loose your purpose for anything you do, and then your actions become shallow white noise.  Ripples in the pond so to speak.

How DEEP your THOUGHT AFFECTS YOU is the lyrical part of your speech.

How FAR you SHARE YOUR THOUGHT is the epic part of your speech.

How does this apply to improv?

Well, my suggestion would be to focus on the thought and your voice will naturally figure out what it needs to do to communicate.  All these terms are just for fun, educational purpose.  When you play, just play.