Vocal Projection and Why It Is Important

Projection is an important vocal technique, where you are using varying levels of 'vocal volume' to project your voice whilst you are singing. This technique will vary according to the emotion needed within the song and conditions of where you are singing, for example; indoors or outdoors or with a microphone or without.

Projection is a technique that can also contribute to the Light and Shade and the overall dynamics of a song when it is performed and is often not used to its full ability, which can result in the song sounding a little bit lifeless and lack lustre at times!

The 2 techniques, Projection and Light and Shade, go hand in glove when you are singing, as they are both responsible for the same outcome, which is to enable the audience/listener to connect with the vocal performance and fully understand and appreciate the song's meaning and emotion.

I personally believe that a beautiful example of where both projection and Light and Shade have been used perfectly, is Michael Crawford's rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's composition of 'The Music of the Night', from the musical Phantom of the Opera. Throughout this song, as the listener, you are taken on a musical journey expressing the Phantoms deep and mixed emotions of pain, suffering and love and he totally captures you from start to finish and it's largely down to his amazing use of Light and Shade and Projection that give their song its power!

In order to successfully project your voice, you must use your diaphragm correctly. As breath control is the main support mechanism behind projection and it's technique. It is about knowing and understanding exactly how to inhale, store and release your breath at the right time and only releasing the required amount.

How to use your diaphragm correctly to project your notes successfully:

Step 1 - Inhale, ensuring that you do not raise your shoulders, as this will result in shallow breathing.

Step 2 - Store your inhaled breath in your diaphragm.

Step 3 - Only release as much breath when singing, as is absolutely necessary, to avoid lack of diaphragm support, resulting in weak sounding notes and head rush!

Remember that it is the vocal sound required that determines your technique and a very 'breathy' sounding note can need the same diaphragm support and placing as a strong high note!

Vocal projection is another technique that highlights the difference between someone who sings and 'a singer'! In addition to this, as with all other vocal techniques, it also helps to make sure that you are looking after you voice properly.

Article written by Hollie Kamel
A fully trained professional vocal artist, providing bespoke wedding, corporate and special event packages, covering London, Essex and Kent.

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