Many singers struggle with voice projection. They all want to know how to sing with a powerful, loud, strong voice. Once you have established good breathing techniques here are some things a singer can do to improve their voice projection.
1. Lift your soft palate. It gives much- needed space to the back of your throat to allow more sound out. I’ve seen singers sing with lots of effort, but that effort is not reflected in their volume because they are simply not giving more space in the backs of their throats.
2. Relax your tongue. For many, this is a positive side effect of lifting your soft palate. A tense tongue will over work your throat which actually tightens and diminishes the sound. Here’s an exercise you can do to help you accomplish this. Begin talking as if your tongue is fat and heavy, as if someone has numbed it. You can even practice by reading this paragraph out loud. You can practice singing ‘Amazing Grace’ or some other familiar tune in this manner while focusing on not allowing your tongue to ‘get in the way’. As you practice, you will hear your voice begin to free itself.
3. Keep your vowel forward. Be sure to keep vowels relatively bright by singing I the mask. It will allow your voice to feel as if it is floating. A good way to learn how to ‘float’ your voice is by doing lip trills on ascending and descending scales. Lip trills allow your voice to have an ideal placement since you are more focused on keeping the trills going rather than focusing on your voice. This makes your throat relax since your focus is your lips instead of your throat. Your voice will project effortlessly with this technique.
4. Sing through your consonants, don’t swallow them. There’s the old warm up that comes to mind: “the tip of the tongue, the teeth and the lips’. Keep the consonants at the tip of your tongue and keep them light and easy to sing through. For example, If you are singing on a nonsense syllable of ‘da’ in the exercise ‘da- da- da- da- da’, the /d/ sound should not involve your entire jaw to close and all teeth touching. This makes it hard for the back of the throat to stay in a good position for singing. Instead, the tip of your tongue should be behind your top teeth. This way, the /a/ is much easier to sing through regardless of pitch.
Singing with a strong voice can happen by practicing the correct vocal techniques. If we learn to sing with less emphasis on our throats and we will emerge as better singers.