How To Remedy Voice Crack During Singing

How To Remedy Voice Crack While Singing
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One of the most embarrassing experiences for every performing musician is voice crack during singing on stage.
It makes you look unprofessional and sometimes if care is not taking inferiority complex steps in as a result. To some persons, it happens regularly while to some others it happens once in a while.
Now, If this is your case, don’t worry you are just in the right place. In this article, I’m going to teach you a few things that cause voice crack and also teach you somethings that can solve it. Just stay with me!
The question now is, why does my voice crack while singing? Read on to find out some causes of voice cracks and a few remedies.

Some causes of voice crack:

  1. Range: When you sing out with your natural vocal range, without proper training, your voice may be unable to hit the notes and crack. This can also occur when moving between your head voice and chest voice (in classical music, the term passaggio (meaning ‘passage’) is used to describe this movement between the vocal registers that can cause singers issues.
  2. Vocal fatigue: As with a respiratory infection, if you have overworked your voice, it may be weakened and need rest. Cracking can be a sign of this.
  3. Coughs and colds: If you have a respiratory infection, your vocals may be weakened.
  4.  Nerves: Occasionally if you feel very anxious you might experience voice cracks. This is usually overcoming with experience and steady, controlled breathing.
  5. Excessive air blasts: The vocal cords are blown open by the air blast from the lungs. The cords can’t hold themselves together against the force of the air. This causes an abrupt change in the pressure beneath the vocal cords as the air pops through. This sudden release of air you hear as a crack or break in the tone.
  6.  High Larynx: As the pitch ascends we often reach or strain upward to hit the note. This pushes the larynx higher. The larynx houses the vocal cords. When the larynx rises, you’re going into swallowing mode which disrupts the normal balance of the vocal cords and airflow. This may result in a crack or break.

How to stop voice cracks while singing:

Vocal Warm-Up:

How To Remedy Voice Crack During Singing

Warming up your vocal folds is very important as it affects how well they perform. The voice warm-up should never be done at full blast, and if it’s hurting, then you are forcing it.
Here are some warm-ups and vocal exercises to help prevent voice crack.

Lip roll:
Start with your lips connected and release air through your lips while making them vibrate (and slightly tingle). These can be sung on scales or simply low to high notes and vice-versa. Lip rolls also engage your diaphragm to work, engaging your body with, and powering, the singing.

Humming: Making the “mmm” sound on musical scales or arpeggios. Keep your lips closed with a gap between your teeth – and be sure to stay in your comfortable vocal range.

Vowels: Sing vowels such as “aa-ee-ah-oh-oo” or “aa-ee-ei-oh-oo” either on the same note or move up and down a scale. The secret is to sing all the vowels in one breath and then inhale and sing all over again.

Siren: This sound is imitating the vehicle siren by doing extended pitch glide on different sounds like “si-nnnnnng”, “rrrrrrr”, “brrr”, “aaaa” etc.
As soon as you complete the simple version of the exercises above, you can always make it more advanced by adding a different progression to the sounds, making them shorter or longer.
Understand that it is your diaphragm that helps you inhale, but it is your abdominal muscles that help you exhale and you must have control over the diaphragm when you do it. Working out will help strengthen these muscles. Physical exercises increase the blood flow to the muscles, which raises your body temperature, warming it up along with your vocal folds.

Watch what you eat:

How To Remedy Voice Crack During Singing

Singing involves a variety of muscles, your respiratory system, and even the products you consume contribute to your sound. This is why stopping voice cracks means not only focusing on your vocal folds but your body as a whole.

What we eat and drink before singing is important. It affects how our whole body, including the vocal folds, performs. Don’t eat anything too heavy before singing and if you want to avoid cracks and poor vocal quality, stay away from anything dairy (it’s claggy) or anything too acidic.

Always keep yourself hydrated to make sure that your vocal cords are moisturized for when they vibrate.
Hope this article on how to remedy voice crack during singing is helpful, kindly share with us in the comment section your voice crack experiences and how you solved it.

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  1. Hello, gud morning. I’m an instrumentalist now but when I was much younger I used to sing and I have a nice voice but Bcos of the instrument I play I stopped singing and now I want to continue singing buh it seems like my voice is lost. whenever I sing on high notes my voice cracks, and if sing for long I will start coughing. Thanks for this article I knew abt it buh didn’t think it was necessary until now.

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