Another simple one. When we are singing and we try too hard, we tend to cause stress and strain on our vocal cords. This one is a bit more dangerous because not only will our voices crack more often but we can cause damage if we are pushing our vocal cords beyond their limit. NEVER force out notes. NEVER force yourself to hit high or low notes. And NEVER force yourself to hold a note.
This sudden change in size, shape, and thickness can destabilize your vocal cord movements when you speak. This makes the muscles more likely to suddenly tighten or lose control, resulting in a crack or squeak, as you learn to get used to the new anatomical arrangement in your throat.
If your voice cracks constantly, even if you take preventive measures to keep your vocal cords healthy and hydrated, see your doctor to diagnose any underlying issues that may be affecting your vocal cords. Issues like nodules or neurological disorders like vocal dysphonia can keep you from speaking or singing properly.
The fear of cracking may disappear after you sing the same phrase several times without any problem. Make a list of all the things you have to do when you sing and keep practicing them until you can do them all at the same time. You may have to practice doing two skills at once before you try to do four.
Your vocal range is how high and how low you can sing. Your range can be divided into different parts called registers. Your voice is naturally heavier/warmer in your lower register (chest voice) and lighter/breathier in your upper register (head voice).Your larynx (voice box) and the ligaments inside it need to change to a different position for you to sing higher and lower. This changes the length of the vocal folds/vocal cords.When you sing low notes, your vocal folds are shorter and thicker. When you sing high notes, the folds get longer and thinner. If this change in laryngeal position and vocal folds length/thickness is not done smoothly, your voice will crack.Solution: Apply the open throat concept techniques when you sing.
When we sing, our vocal folds come together and the air from our lungs vibrate them at the frequency of the pitch that we are singing. Vocal damage due to overuse/abuse/misuse and tension in your throat can make your voice crack. At the beginning stages, your vocal folds could just be swollen. If you keep pushing your voice instead of resting it, you will end up with nodules on your folds. When swelling or nodules occur, your vocal folds will not come together properly. This makes it hard for them to vibrate normally and voice crack will happen.Solution: Apply the open throat concept techniques when you sing. If your voice is sore/tired, REST!
If you are singing out of your range or the note is too high for you to sing well, then your voice will crack. Your vocal folds get longer when you sing high. Ligaments in your larynx will be stretching the folds. If those ligaments are not strong enough or if they are pushed too far, your vocal folds will not vibrate properly - making your voice crack. Solution: Pick songs that are within your range. Avoid singing too close to the extreme end of your upper register (avoid singing too high). If it feels like you are straining, you probably are. If you have to sing the same high notes many times in a song, make sure it is a note that you can sing repeatedly without burning out your voice. Go here to find out how to choose the right song for your voice.
When we sing, our vocal folds come together (adduct) and the air from our lungs vibrate them at the frequency of the pitch that we are singing. If you are a high voice or have not had much formal vocal training, you may not know how to adduct your vocal folds well. This can cause voice cracking.Solution: Doing onset exercises will help.
There are five parts of our voice that we control to get more space - so we can sing with more freedom and projection without having to try so hard. This is called the open throat concept. It is the foundation of Classical and contemporary/modern singing. If you do not do the techniques in the concept when you are singing, or if you do them the wrong way, you will have tension in your throat and neck. It will be hard for you to blend your registers and sing with a clear tone/sound. Voice cracks can happen because of that. Solution: Check out your free Singing Confidence Training Package to find out more about the open throat concept.
Supporting your voice with the right amount of breath is absolutely essential if you do not want your voice to crack.You voice may crack if you push too much air out when you are singing. High breath pressure happens and your vocal folds will not vibrate properly. Too little breath may also cause voice crack but it is less common. Solution: Do breathing exercises daily. The complete breathing technique for singing is covered in the Singing Confidence Academy.
When your vocal folds vibrate they have areas they are used to and areas they are not. Your voice cracks specifically in the areas you are weak or very tense. It is like when you are doing push-ups and you hit that point where you no longer can do the movement. Your muscles give out. Your vocal cords give out too. This can potentially happen in all the notes you sing but is normally present in extreme areas like low notes, transition points, and when you sing higher.
I would categorize them in two separate camps but both are just a disconnection of sound. It is a completely normal experience when singing so remember that! Most of the time it happens when singing but you could even experience this while talking.
One kind of crack is when your vocal folds go from phonating to just air. This means you were making a sound and now there is nothing. Preventing voice cracks is a fine goal but this kind of crack can be perfectly acceptable. When I work with clients and they are singing with a lot of tension I will actually encourage them to break. I want the singer to find the proper form first and if that means experiencing some disconnection then so be it.
The other kind of vocal crack is when you sing one way and it disconnects into some other completely different sound. Often times a singer will be singing too heavy and get overloaded so their vocal folds give out. The most common way this happens is when someone pulls up their chest voice and from this overload their voice breaks into head voice. You may also notice a lot of vocal fatigue coming in abnormally fast. Every singer will get tired eventually but some things speed it up more than others.
It depends! If you are you forcing too much from your voice? Then yes. If your voice is just weak and cannot hold on any longer? Then no. It is not necessary to prevent voice cracks when it is for strengthening purposes. They should smooth out as your vocal folds get stronger and stronger.
When you train your voice, you should be able to see a difference in your singing gradually. You would need to be a consistent practitioner and be sure to use the right vocal exercises that target your specific needs. Your voice is NOT random. It has a specific structure to how it functions, so your exercises should assist that structure. Also, it should directly help you when you practice singing. Now there are times when a singer will experience immediate results, but that is because their voice just needed to be reset.
The mind is one of the BIGGEST hurdles for the vocal cords. It is one of the many places we look to determine what is going on when the voice cracks or there is difficulty producing normal sounds. Some of the most common mental blocks singers experience is fear and the need for control.
Often times singers will not commit to high notes out of fear that their voice will not sound good or for fear of voice breaks. You can sense when your voice is getting wobbly and that can cause immediate self-consciousness, so instead of committing to the song the singer gets even quieter to help avoid the potential embarrassment of a voice crack, which funny enough can cause the said voice crack.
The main difference is that you change your approach to a song when you are having trouble singing. Think about when you sing high notes. Do you keep your same grip and pressure on it or do you add more to compensate for the vulnerability?
Warming up gets blood flow to the vocal cords. It is significantly harder to sing cold! It can actually cause poor vocal technique to be used as compensation. Your voice pulls to what you use it most to do. Your warm up will start gearing up/pulling your voice to whatever it is you are working on or singing. It can help smooth out some of those vocal cracks too.
The thing is often times the singing issue is solved in a way that can cause more tension. We use breathing exercises all the time but they should never result in a forced sound. Your vocal cords need a balance of edge and breath (edge is just a clean connection of the cords). When you use too much breath the vocal folds separate and when you have too much edge the vocal folds sound squeezed.
Every once in a while, I'll have a time when no matter what I do my voice cracks even though I'll be singing like I usually do. What causes this? Am I singing too much? Does my excess mucus problem add onto this? How can I prevent this from happening, or lower the amount of times it happens?
You may have noticed that some of your friends have cracking and breaking voices, some might already have deep voices, and some still have the same voice they've always had. Everyone's timetable is different, so some voices might start to change earlier and some might start a little later.
Once your larynx has grown, your voice will be more stable and easier to control. But even then your voice hasn't finished developing! Even after the change that happens in your teens, your voice continues to develop. Although the squeaking and cracking stage doesn't last long, most guys' voices don't fully mature until they're in their twenties. 2b1af7f3a8