How To Throw Your Voice
How To Throw Your Voice
This video outlines great techniques to practice throwing your voice if you have to be on stage to face a big audience. The secret is in activating the right muscles to throw your voice. Whole body is involved in throwing voice - rib cage, stomach, muscles around the ribs, back muscles, feet and even the base of the torso. For someone who continually gives speech to large audiences, it will not hurt to see a good voice coach.
How to throw your voice? So, people often ask me about this, and throwing your voice or projecting your voice is something that people think is difficult, maybe it's something that only actors can do or really something that you have to have lots of specialist training for and that's not really true. If you know how to use the right muscles, actually, anybody can throw their voice. The main problem with throwing people's voice is the reason that people find it hard to do is because most of us think that there are voices in our throat.
And if you try and throw your voice from your throat, you can hear that it starts to sound thin, it starts to feel kind of sore in my throat, and I start to sound quite stressed. And of course, if you sound stressed, then you're pushing your voice and that's not great for an audience. So, the main rule of throwing your voice or projecting your voice is that you have to use your whole body.
And in that, it's really quite like throwing a ball. If you watch a great cricketer throw a ball, they don't throw it like me, they throw it with their whole body from their feet to their head, the whole system's involved. And if you watch a great actor on stage, when they're projecting, they're doing it with their whole body.
And the first thing you have to know is that really, you project from your stomach. The voice is an instrument of it like a guitar, and if you think about it, your larynx is the string, your larynx is here, and your power, the finger on the string is your air coming out of your lungs and hitting the larynx. So, this larynx here is just a channel.
It's really not a lot you can do to create volume there. The volume comes from really ascending the breath with power out of your lungs, and where you do that is from your stomach, your ribs and the muscles around your ribs and even your back. So, first of all, just think about your stomach and I'm going to get you to do like you're blowing up a balloon, and you feel that your stomach moves back to your spine, and you can kind of play with that pressure, so you can go, that, when you project basically, you're using those muscles - the muscles that you use to blow up a balloon with and they're the low stomach muscles.
And any actor will tell you that on stage, you're projecting almost from your feet, and from the very base of the torso. Those muscles are the muscles that really give you volume. You can also use your rib cage, if you put your hands on your ribs, and breathe in, and then go, and you feel like you're squeezing the ribs together like a bellows.
That's another place that you can get volume from. Some are going to get you to say the days of the week. I am going to squeeze them from the tummy and the ribs.
So, first up, breathe out, then wait for the breath in. Imagine smelling a rose, and then we're going to say, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We're going to do it one more time, you're going to be imagining squeezing the breath out like a bellows.
So, let the breath out, wait for the breath in, squeezing like a bellows, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. So, that's your power, it's the breath going out and we always speak on an in-breath. The nice thing about projection is that you got to have somewhere to reach.
So, an actor will tell you again that they're always sending their voice to the back of the theatre. Or if you're in an office, you can imagine sending your voice to the back wall and it is as if you're imagining pulling, this is a funny thing, but you imagine pulling the voice to you from the opposite wall and you can practice that by putting a thread in your imagination on the wall opposite, and then you pull, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And instantly, my voice is travelling across the room.
One thing to do if you're in a meeting and you want to project your voice is to imagine that there's