Voice Cracks, How To Avoid Them? Singers Edition
I bet every singer runs into voice cracks problems every now and then. You try to sing higher notes and suddenly you lose control and your voice cracks. Most of the times this happens when you sing a note that your vocal cords are not used to.
But why exactly does it happen and how to prevent voice cracking?
Today I want to share with you 3 tips that might help you prevent voice cracks.
Why Does Our Voice Crack?
First of you shouldn’t be afraid of voice cracking. It happens and it’s not the end of the world. You probably won’t be able to avoid it 100% and that’s fine. Our voice is an instrument made of many tiny muscles and they will get tired and crack from time to time. You are not a robot and that’s wonderful.
Our voices tends to break at the transition from chest voice to head voice. This area is a breaking point and if we are not careful our voice cracks when changing from one into the other.
The voice gets tired incredibly fast when singing from your throat only. This is kind of a mind game that I have to remember myself all the time. Your sound doesn’t come from the throat only. Singing should involve your whole body, resonating in your head, with supporting strength from the diaphragm. Your throat and those tiny vocal cords are not strong enough on their own and will get tired resolving into cracking and maybe pain.
The more pressure and tension is applied to your throat/vocal cords, the higher the chance of cracking.
How To Prevent Voice Crack?
1. The Warm Ups
Yes that topic again…Voice cracks happen far more commonly when not warmed up!
If you’re not warming up your voice, you can NOT expect the same tone as a warmed up voice. It will not sound as easy and you will definitely not have as much flexibility.
Imagine you have to do a split with and without warm ups. I mean I couldn’t do it either way but probably I can go farther when being warmed up and it’s less likely to get strained.
If there is one thing I want you to learn out of this post, it’s that your voice muscles are tiny and you have to take care of them. Don’t force your body beyond the point of healthiness.
2. The “Disney Voice”
You are singing a song and you notice that a special part always gives you trouble. My advice is try to sing it very very soft. Imagine you are part of a Disney movie and you have to sing very gently and soft. This is how you should address difficult parts of the song first before you pour your hard voice in a loud and strong way.
Singing shouldn’t feel hard on your throat so softer singing is a great technique to lessen the tension of your vocal cords.
That point leads directly into the next.
3. The Breath
I’m constantly working on the full body experience of singing. Learning that the voice needs the resonance room and also the support of the diaphragm.
Breath support is so important because it helps you carrying the note and make it stronger. A good breathing technique also protects the throat from too much tension. Try to see the whole picture when thinking about singing.
It’s not only your throat that makes the sound it intertwines with the rest of your body.
As soon as I figured out how my YouTube channel should look like I will make a video on how to strengthen your breath when singing.
I hope you enjoyed todays post and you learned something new.
Take care of yourself and I will talk to you soon.
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I would be super excited!