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48. Tone in Speech.—Although a speaker should not actually " sing " in his speech, he should endeavour to make his speech as musical in quality as possible, for all his effects are entirely dependent upon tone. Without tone the meaning of the spoken words becomes uncertain, the voice becomes inaudible at a distance, the vocal organs being improperly used become damaged and hoarseness or complete loss of voice follows. It is chiefly on account of the damaging effect that faulty voice-production has upon the vocal apparatus that tone in speaking should be placed in importance even before audibility and distinctness, for by the use of too great an effort in the striving for audibility and distinctness the voice is sooner or later lost. Strained vocal methods and shouting may produce audibility and distinctness for a time, but the voice is decidedly unpleasant, not to say irritating, and is bound to suffer from prolonged use.
49. Its Tonic Effect.—The voice-user who learns to
speak with tone need never be afraid of weakening his
voice, for the kind of voice-production that must be used
to produce tone has a tonic effect upon all the organs
concerned in voice; the voice becomes strengthened,
slight throat and nasal affections often disappear, both
audibility and distinctness are produced with a minimum
amount of exertion, and the meaning is quite easily and
surely conveyed to the audience.