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!
Most people are oxygen deprived and so they are energy deprived.
Symptoms include -
Chronic or intermittent fatigue
Anxiety and panic attacks
Tingling and numbness in arms and legs
Chest pains and palpitations
Muscular cramps in neck, shoulders and back
Stomach upsets, heartburn and gas
Feelings of unreality, feeling apart, hallucinations
Sleep disturbances, nightmares and night sweats
Where are you breathing from?
There is a big difference when speaking to an audience as to whether you come across as certain or uncertain, believable or unauthentic.
One of the biggest distinctions is in the tone of your voice.
There are 3 types of tone you need to be aware of -
1. Flat Tone
2. Inflected Tone
3. Command Tone
Get in touch with us to learn more about how to change a vocal habit that may be inhibiting your onstage presence.