That word makes some voice teachers see red. I understand. It's a paradox. Let me set the record straight:
Vocal power can, like any other kind of power, be either really good or really bad. It depends on how you achieve it and the purpose for which you use it. Steamrollers have power, but I think it's obvious that's not what I have in mind when I use the word in vocal training.
I'd like to offer concepts that determine vocal impact:
- The breath applied to vibrate the vocal cords
- The resonance of the sound generated.
- The communicative impact of the sounding voice.
Breath applied to the voice needs two opposing interactions: Breath Support and Breath Control. Think of the bowing arm a violin player. It must both press down and hold up at the same time. Supported plus controlled air pressure creates compression power that causes just the right amount of air to vibrate the vocal cords without straining them. In PPP training, I call this the "Power of the pelvic floor".
Resonance is created when vibration from the vocal cords transfers to the rest of the larynx, which then transfers vibration to the bones, cartilage and tissues of the rest of the mouth, nose throat, sinuses, and trachea. The best resonance occurs when the channels through these tissues are open. In PPP training, I call this the "Path to the Open Throat"
Communicative impact delivers the message (OR NOT!!). The psychological focus of the communicator is all-important. The phrase "Not now!" can be communicated to mean "Don't even try to make me...", "You're going to make me do this, aren't you?", or "Danger... Don't do it at this time!"- all according to the inflection and emphasis you give to the words. Powerful communicative impact demands clarity of, and confidence in, the message TO someone. In PPP training, I call this "Performance".
The reason I named my method Power, Path & Performance was that I noticed how magically these three overarching concepts affected each other, like the above paragraph shows.
And yes, I passed on re-naming it. :)