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Learn to Project Your Voice as a Singer: Helene Goldnadel

Your voice is perhaps one of the most underestimated tools used in business. While a first impression on the visual front is important, the auditory first impression also creates a lasting impression. Helene Goldnadel says they the quality of the voice influences the listener and for those that are auditory individuals, forms the most lasting impression about the speaker or singer.

Even though the singer may hit each note perfectly, without depth, they make no lasting impression. Speakers and singers need to learn to project their voice for a variety of reasons. One is for the health of the vocal chords themselves, which is fundamentally important for you as a professional singer.

When you sing straight from the throat area, it will influence the condition of your vocal cords. Attempting this type of singing will certainly injure or harm your vocal cords, which you must avoid at all costs. When you do this with shallow breathing your voice will sound weak and whispery sounding, which is a singer's nightmare that must be avoided.

When you sing or speak in combination with the throat, the diaphragm and lungs you will generate a large chamber that will help manifest a warm sounding voice. If your voice resonates loudly in this chamber you will find that you will sound louder yet place little stress on your vocal chords. You can influence the volume and range of the sounds with the size of the chamber, because the mouth cannot accomplish this alone on its own.

In order to increase volume the speaker has to push the air out harder because with the deeper breath, the diaphragm does the work. When shallow breathing occurs, the speaker or singer uses the same muscles that work when screaming or shouting takes place. This slams the vocal chords against each other and has the same effect as a constant cough which can cause damage over a long period.

Many listeners notice if a singer cannot produce a rich and sonorous sound during a performance. When you sing with an anemic sounding voice, you will not be seen as a credible singer for your audience. Even if you use a microphone it is probably not enough to give you a completely satisfying sound.

Tension causes not just shallow breathing but tightness in the throat that affects the sound quality of the voice, so it is imperative that you relax. A relaxed tone projects allows the voice to extend its range. Stand erect while you mentally drop a plumb line from the top of your head. Stand so the string is perpendicular to the ground, as this will enable you to have a good tone while you sing.

Try to sing with emotion, which means vary your vocal sound with loudness and softness (musicians call it dynamics). All of the effort starts at the diaphragm and the proper use of it will enable you to communicate musically with your listeners. You will be able to breathe correctly so that you can project your voice. Remember to project your voice the right way so you can have the vocal quality you need as a performer.

Helene Goldnadel is a life coach and a singing teacher who has empowered many lives

HG Nadel has been working with children in voice placement, voice projection and has kept countless young performers from the painful damage which vocalist experience when they do not sing from the diaphragm.

Because of her background as a singer and a recording artist with EMI France, Helen Nadel has taught children age four and up how to sing. Helene Goldnadel’s various levels of expertise in vocal expression have a lot to do with the ability to sing from the diaphragm.

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