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Bob Baker
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I've decided to make a new figure I've acquired a Cockney. I've always been able to do a decent English accent, but it was the RP ("Received Pronunciation") that you hear on the BBC. I wanted to learn to do a Cockney accent well enough that my British friends would say it's pretty good for a Yank. (Not like the universal British smirking at Dick Van Dyke's horrible Cockney in "Mary Poppins.")

An on-line search found Paul Meier Dialect Services. He is a internationally renowned dialect coach and professor of theater, and for $29.95 you get a booklet and CD with a 7-step approach to learning a dialect. He has booklets for dozens of different foreign and American dialects. I've found his approach to be excellent, and I cannot recommend his materials highly enough.

http://www.paulmeier.com


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Years ago, I used a book called Foreign Dialects by (if my memory is working today) Hermann.

More recently I have had fun with Pat Fraley's The best cartoon voices stolen out of Hollywood. It is always great to have another resource. Thanks for sharing.\



Enjoy your journey.


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On 2010-08-23 09:51, Bob Baker wrote:
I've decided to make a new figure I've acquired a Cockney. I've always been able to do a decent English accent, but it was the RP ("Received Pronunciation") that you hear on the BBC. I wanted to learn to do a Cockney accent well enough that my British friends would say it's pretty good for a Yank. (Not like the universal British smirking at Dick Van Dyke's horrible Cockney in "Mary Poppins.")

An on-line search found Paul Meier Dialect Services. He is a internationally renowned dialect coach and professor of theater, and for $29.95 you get a booklet and CD with a 7-step approach to learning a dialect. He has booklets for dozens of different foreign and American dialects. I've found his approach to be excellent, and I cannot recommend his materials highly enough.

http://www.paulmeier.com


Bob


Thanks for the link! I appreciate it as I have always loved learning various dialects.

The late great Daws Butler, (Voice of Yogi Bear and all those old Hanna Barbera cartoons, was one of the world exerts, and I believe he put out some teaching tapes on the subject that may still be available.
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Hi Bob
What's the character going to look like? Are you going for the full pearly king or a spiv or just a general London type?
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Harris, that book you're referring to is by Herman and Herman (a couple). They wrote two: "American Dialects" and "Foreign Dialects." They are the bibles of stage and film dialect. I've owned my copies for over forty years.

I'm not sure if the H&H books come with recordings these days (Mine didn't, but that's decades ago, so who knows).

I can also recommend Robert Blumenfeld's "Accents, A Manual for Actors." I have mine here. It is over 400 pages long, covers scores of accents around the world, including about 25 American comes with two CDs and costs $29.95.

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On 2010-08-29 05:55, ColinDymond wrote:
Hi Bob
What's the character going to look like? Are you going for the full pearly king or a spiv or just a general London type?


Hi, Colin:

OK, click below to see him. His name is Archie P. Cunningham, and he was made by Bill Nelson and Dan Lavender. I love 'im!

Bob

http://gallery.me.com/rwbaker#100032 (When the image comes up, click to enlarge.)
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Great figure Bob. Bill Nelson is a genius at creating characters! Can't wait to see video of you working with him.
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Wow, GREAT figure.
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I'm so jealous. He's stuning. Can't wait to see some footage of you and him in action. I noticed the dropped H very good. Na yow'l ave ta start asting for fings what you want!
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