If you've read one of my previous posts, you might assume that I am opposed to videotaping. On the contrary, under the right circumstances, I believe the benefits from videotaping can be positively exhilarating and downright motivating.
In coping with my Parkinson's body, I've taken yoga lessons from Paul and Carolyn Zeiger, for three years. I KNOW that I've made progress. I can do the downward dog and the bridge as well as the next gal. However when they showed me a video of me performing yoga poses a couple of weeks ago, there was no video of my starting point three years earlier to compare with the current video. I saw no progress. Absent any improvement, I was only able to see my body flaws and nitpicked and obsessed on them.
In coping with my Parkinson's voice, I've taken voice coaching from Mary Spremulli, creator of Voice Aerobics. She developed a method to help me quickly attain a stronger, better voice. Mary filmed me and gave me a copy of the videotape so that I could review it, and use it as inspiration for what is possible with my voice. You can view the video that was posted on You Tube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-HfkQK4dnY
The video is a segment from the first session of voice coaching. The goals of the session are to identify the "best voice" I am capable of; to set a target; and to use a sound level meter for ongoing monitoring while performing specific voice exercise and during conversation.
I don't care that the whole world can see my voice and speech flaws in the video as long as they can also see that there is hope for us to speak with strong voices with Parkinson's.
For more information on Mary’s innovative methods of voice treatment, check out her article at: http://voiceaerobicsdvd.blogspot.com/2010/05/voice-speedometer-broken.html