October 29th, 2008
hello, i am a music student looking for some advice.
my voice teacher says that i need to work on my projection, which is not my strong point, by far.
i was wondering if anyone could give me any tips on how to do this;
Projection is about breath and focus. Everything in singing is about breath, really. :) It's about managing the breath, a lot. Practice breathing exercises - has she given you any? Practice slowly, deeply inhaling (using full breathing, including belly extension - shoulders should not go up), and slowly releasing the breath on an "s." Time yourself, and strive for longer. PRactice making sure your breath is all gone by 12, 16, 22 seconds as well - sometimes go as long as you can, sometimes try to control it to a certain point.
A certain amount of projection comes from adding a little bit a brightness. That's a fancy way of saying adding a little bit of nasality. PRactice talking in a super nasally voice,a nd practice singing like that. You don't want to sing purely nasal - that does not sound good and doesn't project well either. But it's a fine balance. Go all the way nasal, than see how much you can mix. Just a little helps.
Space inside helps a lot too. When you yawn, feel the back of the roof of your mouth with your tongue - it goes way up. Practice maintaining a feeling of yawning (not super wide, but still open in the back) while singing and speaking. There should be lots of space, almost as if you could imagine fitting a baseball in there.
What voice type do you have?
yeah, my voice teacher gave me breath exercises, and i'm pretty good with them, actually.
and i am a sopranPr
Yay fellow sopranos! Keep up the work with the breath exercises, and also practice focusing on your head voice above the staff. If you consistently work with that, aiming to feel as though your sound is like a laser beam coming directly from the middle of your forehead. Then practice blending that feeling down. That should help with projection, also.
youre very helpful.