One of the difficulties many people have is to the ability to increase their volume without hurting their throat, their vocal folds, or their listeners’ ears. The right way — and in truth the only way – to do this is known as projection.
Those who attend sporting events are often afflicted with hoarseness, a sore throat, or even loss of voice by the end of the game because of the abuse they are inflicting on their vocal folds (cords) and throat. That is the wrong way to root for your favorite team; and, over time it can lead to serious damage.
Not just sports enthusiasts are at risk, however. Politicians, singers, public speakers, coaches, teachers, trainers, ministers, and even factory workers often experience vocal abuse because they are stressing the throat and vocal folds for great lengths of time in order to be heard in large or loud environments. In fact, if you have ever tried to talk in a noisy bar, a club or even at a wedding, you might have experienced some discomfort in your throat by the end of the night.
You can gain the ability to increase your volume without shouting by changing your voice placement. In doing so, you will need to find your true or ‘real’ voice which is more resonant and a warmer sound than the one you are presently using, also known as your habitual voice. Because you have been relying on your throat and voice box as your primary sources of power for your voiced sound, that which results is usually something less than pleasing.
If you are serious about wanting to project your voice correctly, it will require that you break your old vocal habits and instill new ones, healthier ones. You will need to learn how to use your chest cavity as your primary source of power. When you accomplish that, you will discover a voice that you can use and project for greater lengths of time without hurting your throat or vocal folds. In addition:
1. your increased volume will not hurt your listeners’ ears because the sound will be larger not ‘louder;’ and,
2. you will have more energy by the end of the day because projecting your voice takes much less work than yelling.
There is a right way and a wrong way to increase your volume. Learn how to project your voice and you will love the results. So, too, will your listeners!
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