• This Is The Way Professionals Project Their Voice

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    If you want to know the way professional project their voice, then this lesson is for you.

    To begin, what does projection mean to you? Can you imagine yourself singing in a room full of people without a mic, and still being heard in every corner of the room? That would be amazing, right?There are people that can achieve that.

    Professional actors can achieve that when they speak, public speakers can also achieve that, but most especially, vocalist, popular singers, they achieve that, so why can’t you? You need to know how the professionals project their voice.

    A Short Note On The Way Professionals Project Their Voice

    I want to expose the secret to you because I need you too to become professional. When you hear the word ‘project,’ does this scenario come to your mind?Something like placing a pedestal for you to stand on so that you can be seen.

    Imagining something of that sort, will not be an erroneous premise because every professional vocalist that has mastered the art of projecting properly, is always rated higher, but if you have not perfected diaphragmatic breathing, you will have difficulty comprehending this lesson.

    The same is the case if you have not perfected note precision, key recognition, and a little bit of dynamics, or at least the ability to increase or reduce the volume of your note, so I suggest you read up the previous articles, and study on the key words listed above, so that you can have a good foundation.

    Then proceed to voice projection, which is like standing on a pedestal that makes your voice more audible and gives it more access to reach out to a large audience, to reach out to an entire room without a microphone.

    Steps To Follow In Voice Projection

    As a matter of fact, it is not a hard feat to achieve if you follow the steps. When you hear projection, this is what I want you to immediately coordinate:

    • Diaphragmatic breathing,
    • Good posture,
    • No straining.

    Now, let’s explain what they mean.

    Diaphragmatic Breathing

    Diaphragmatic breathing means to turn your attention from breathing with your nostrils, to increasing the capacity of your lungs to contain more air, and control the usage of that air by applying the use of your diaphragm.

    The diaphragm will always be there doing its routine work until you apply it to its maximum capacity. If you can increase ability of your lungs to contain more air, to even hold it in and release it slowly,by applying your diaphragm, that is called diaphragmatic breathing for breath control and support.

    You will notice that you will take in much air. You will take in so much more even without effort from your nose and your mouth. You will contain more air,and you will just have enough to spare to sustain you throughout your singing.

    This will eliminate much of the air from your nostrils and your mouth, that always interferes with your singing. To achieve and effectively practice this, you might need to work with either a pro-artist or a vocal coach.

    Good Posture

    Moving on, good posture is easier when you are lying on your back, but when you sit, you should be careful so that you don’t slouch because when you slouch while sitting, or you lean forward, or you are slanting to one side, you might not maintain a good posture.

    It could be even worse when you are standing. Take this into consideration, good posture helps your breathing,and it reduces any unnecessary neck, shoulder, or back muscle tension. To achieve good posture, keep this in mind:

    Think of activities like, checking the time on the office clock- or looking up at the wall clock to check the time – turning on your gas cylinder, stretching in the morning after you wake up. Every time you perform these activities, that posture is proper, that is a good posture you just displayed.

    You know why? It’s because you are relaxed. To maintain good posture while sitting, sit in an easy upright position with your spine aligned vertically. You know, good posture is just you relaxing. Your shoulders should never be tensed.

    It’s something that is not hard to maintain. When your posture is correct, you are not trying hard to keep at it, it’s just easy to maintain. Well, when you practice you will get it. Number three point is no straining, when you adopt a good posture for singing, breathing becomes easier.

    No Straining

    This could help you avoid unnecessary straining of your voice when projecting. You should know that when you are singing properly, with the right technique, you are not going to be applying so much of your muscle, or any unnecessary effort.

    Breathing is just an air play, your ability to control air pressure. Your voice can sing on it. I mean, you are not the one forcing your voice to sing. Your voice was meant to produce sound, so work on air pressure.

    To sing, you engage your articulators, such as, lip, teeth, nose, and tongue, to shape the sound produced as you please. It’s not a muscle and strength kind of activity, so just be gentle, and begin to project slowly, begin to project and increase.

    Vocalize High Notes

    Let me give you a hint based on a recent discovery. If you really want to be heard, and you really want to project easily and be heard miles away, then you should try to sing high notes, try to vocalize notes that are high.

    The reality is this, when you hit a very high note, it is easier for you to get to those high notes at a louder volume,than low notes. If you are articulating a low note, and you want to increase the volume, sometimes it might not go so far.

    The reality is if you articulate a middle-range note, you could amplify the sound to a considerable extent. But, do you want to raise the roof? If you want to raise the roof, please hit the high notes -with proper technique of course.

    Hit the high notes by opening up from your tummy, as though that is where your voice is, as though your mouth is there. All you do with your mouth is shaping the words, and just project with increased air pressure.

    You will hear a very loud, clear and high note that is able to get to the end of the room if you will, and would be able to register in the ear of everyone present, without a microphone from your end. Just try that out, and remember, you must have mastered ability to control air pressure.

    Don’t just rush into this exercise I just pointed out because if you do, there is a tendency that you will apply so much energy and effort around your chest, and end up producing a harsh screeching sound. There you have it.

    Practice Vocalizing Vowel Sounds

    A simple exercise you can practice, to build ability to amplify, is vocalizing vowel sounds. You know, the different shades of á, è, í, ô, ú, they just give your mouth a certain shape which makes projecting easier.

    Try to amplify individual vowel sounds, try to increase the volume or reduce the volume, try to sing on a higher note, keep on increasing your note while you continue to vary the volume, this will help you. It’s easier to maintain just one sound.

    Even when you begin to sing, you will notice that maintaining a particular mouth shape,can help you reach certain notes. When you begin to apply your articulators to form words in quick succession when you are singing, there is a tendency to engage your chest or mouth, in an effort to sing louder. This is very counterproductive.

    Final Words

    You might have to re-read this article to understand the salient point I am trying to make. To project like the professionals, take note of these tips:

    • Projection is not by effort. You need to learn to relax, relax all the way.
    • Projection is achieved by technique built on diaphragmatic breathing, good posture, and relaxed singing.
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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as a music consultant and content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with thousands of musicians across the world.

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