Why do we need to project instead of yell?
Yelling uses vocal cords, which can get damaged if overused. Projection uses breath from the diaphragm and uses air to create the volume you want.
How do I know if I’m yelling or projecting?
If your diaphragm is not doing the work of creating volume, your vocal cords are – something has to do the work. If you keep yelling, your throat will start to feel sore. Projection has a depth to the sound. It tends to have a slightly deeper pitch and a rounder, more complex sound. Yelling sounds flat with a higher pitch.
How do I learn to project my voice?
Breathing from the diaphragm is key to learning how to project.
This means you are expanding the space above your belly button and below your ribs with air and using this to push the sound out.
The ‘ha’ exercise is one that works very well to practice this. You take a big breath in – expanding your lungs down and your abdomen out – and then you force all that air out on the sound “ha.” This exercise is built for projection. You are using all your air at once, on one sound, so you can force that sound out and be really loud with it.
Soon yelling will be a thing of the past!