Information about voice projection and resonance training
When someone at the back of a room, listening to a speaker shouts out “Speak up!” an untrained speaker assumes that what they need to do is speak louder. While it is true that some people have a very soft voice and volume can be improved, the usual cause of failure to be heard is not volume, but in fact lack of projection. This is similar to visual projection, where image on film is magnified by a lens and projected throughout a room via a bright light. The image is then enlarged significantly so that the words and pictures can be clearly seen by all in the room.
Vocal projection is accomplished by electronic amplification with a microphone, amplifier and loudspeaker. However, with appropriate voice projection training, the human voice can be taught to project naturally without artificial amplification. A skilled actor on stage can appear to be whispering to another on stage, but his whispered voice can be heard at the back of the theater.
Breathing for speaking
First, adopt a good breathing habit. Deep, consistent breathing exercises with long inhaling and exhaling cycles will develop the lungs to accept more air than with shallow breathing. This ensures the lungs provide enough air to give voice for projection, resonance and persuasion. The deeper the inhaled breath, the lower the diaphragm is pushed into the abdomen and when voiced exhalation begins, the more air that is expelled, this, in turn, enhances the voice.
Good posture is also essential for both the lungs to inflate fully and for shaping the larynx and vocal folds, which can be misshapen by poor posture. Stand straight with shoulders back to allow the lungs their greatest capacity.
Resonance training ensures the voice originates from the diaphragm and lungs. Whereas, the untrained voice will obtain volume from the throat, where the air supply is restricted by the larynx and vocal folds push the voice louder without a supporting volume of air. Resonance can be trained by taking a deep breath and closing the lips to say or sing “mmm” at a medium pitch while exhaling. Resonance should be felt in the nose and mouth and, perhaps, deep into the chest. Proper voice projection training with resonance will produce all voiced and unvoiced consonants and vowels and the resonance projects along with the voice to the back of the room.
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