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How to project your voice when you sing
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Hey guys! Madeleine Harvey here, and thank you so much for joining me today! In today’s video we’re going to talk about how you can get the most from using vocal projection. So if you like today’s video, give it a thumbs up or click the subscribe button below…I would love to see you here everyday!! Let’s be friends!
Projection…. what is it? We’re going to get into that in a moment. But first, let’s talk about what it is NOT. Most people will simply say that projection is making your voice loud so that everyone can hear. But Projection is so much more than volume. So try not to think of Projection and volume as being one and the same.
Projection has movement. It’s extending your voice into the mask. When vibrations collect in the front of your skull- or your mask, you will pick up a ton of volume. It will be focused and fluid at the same time. The biggest issue that many people have with projection is lack of access to the mask. So when people are increasing their volume, there is a big tendency to emphasize the throat while attempting projection. When this happens, vibrations get stuck inside the throat, and the sound itself gets shouty and shrill.
The best way to get off the throat and propel your sound more towards your mask is to play with a crazy baby sound. This whacky sound will shift your resonance by unlocking the tone off the throat. The key thing to remember here my friends is that having this access is much better than having a great sound right now. So if you feel a mental block coming on, like “I don’t want to sound like this when I sing.” Never fear, you won’t sound like this when you sing. We are simply using this crazy sound to afford us access to build a frame of reference. Once you have that entry point, you can then fill in more warmth by bringing the sound down into a more balanced place that is representative of you.
The best time to practice this skill of projection is every time you open your mouth to speak. Most of our vocal habits aren’t from singing; they are habits that carry over into singing from speaking. So use any opportunity where you are using your voice to create new behaviors. I recommend reading aloud for a couple of minutes a day. This is a great time to play without being critical of your sound while still maintaining your awareness into the mask. Get silly! The sillier the better! Be fluid while jumping around in pitch. This is how songs are guys! They are flexible and powerful at any given moment. The more you practice landing your sound into the mask, the more you will notice an increase in range, flexibility as well as projection.
There you have it guys! How to use vocal projection! If you liked this video, and would like to learn more, I have a complete lesson available on my website called Ready, Aim. Sing! Vocal power and projection. Simply click the link below to download the complete lesson.
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