In the previous video we talked about how you can use the inflection or melody, which is another word for inflection, at the end of a sentence to take the inflection or the melody up to ask a question. There are a couple of other things you can do with inflection.
You can use a downward inflection, or a downward melody, to really bury something and resolve it and finish it. You can also use that to make something sound a bit ballsy or rock, which I’ll talk about in a moment.
You can also use a slight upward inflection, not a real question, but a slight upward inflection to make something sound a bit more urgent.
The line I’ve got here is, “Triple T rocks football this winter.” I’m going to give you a downward version of that and then I’m going to give you a slightly upward version so you can hear that the upward version has a sense of urgency and the downward version is really kind of rock and roll and macho.
Here’s the downward version. “Triple T rocks football this winter.” I’ll give that one to you again. “Triple T rocks football this winter.” I’m really taking ‘winter’ down and burying it and making it kind of ballsy and rock and roll.
Same line, and I’ll just give you a slightly upward inflection at the end to make it sound a bit more urgent and more kind of anxious. “Triple T rocks football this winter.” “Triple T rocks football this winter.” That was the downward one. Here’s the upward inflection. “Triple T rocks football this winter.” A slight upward inflection just makes it sound a bit more urgent, like we’re in a bit of a hurry, which might be great depending on the situation and depending on what it is you’re reading.
I hope that helps you understand how you can use inflection for different results. I’ll look forward to seeing you in the next Voice Over Tips video.