volume & projection

Too little or too much volume can get in the way of good communication. Too much sound can appear pushy, even aggressive. Too little sound is not only difficult to hear, but can convey disinterest and lack confidence.

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  • Volume is created by the parting of the vocal folds as air passes through them on the way out.

  • The more air, the further they are parted, and as they come back together, the bigger the sound waves created.

  • Control your volume by your breathing, not by pushing from the throat.

  • Have a look at the Breath Remedy.

Volume = Breath

Breath = Volume 


PROJECTING your voice depends on size and walls of the throat, as indeed the size and walls of the room.

  • The initial sound created at the vocal folds is multiplied (resonated) against the surfaces and in the spaces of the upper throat, mouth and nasal passages.

  • The more soft and relaxed the surfaces, the more soft and relaxed the sound.

  • The larger the space, the more resonant, rich and low the sound.

  • The vibrations are diminished by tensions, especially in the throat, jaw, tongue and upper lip.

When the sound waves leave your mouth, they are helped or hindered by the space into which you are projecting.

If there is a lot of glass and concrete, you need to lower your note, slow down and articulate word endings especially well. 

It’s worth checking where in the room your voice sounds best – you might be amazed at the difference a change of position makes.