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Ep 27 How to Sing Without Cracks or Breaks

Hardly anything is more embarrassing than
your voice cracking or breaking while you’re singing, especially when you want to sing
an impressive high note. Why does this happen and how can you fix it?
Inside this video I’ll show you how to sing without cracks or breaks! Stay tuned. Hi I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. It’s
a singer’s worst nightmare, right? Singing your song and wham, your voice cracks or breaks
in front of everyone! I’m defining a break as the vocal cords separating
and not reconnecting so that you continue singing in falsetto. I’m defining a crack as a momentary interruption
in the tone because the vocal cords separate for a moment and then reconnect again. What causes breaks and cracks to happen in
our voices? Here’s a number of reasons. Some reasons are out of your control, having swollen
vocal cords due to allergies, colds, congestion, menstruation, infections, teen boy vocal changes
(can’t control that). If possible avoid singing or performing when
you’re sick. You can damage your vocal cords if you over due it under these conditions. Teen boys should continue to sing. With the
right exercises young men can get through their vocal changes successfully. Watch Ep. #14 How to sing high notes for teen
boys. There are breaks or cracks in our voices we
can control. Here are some causes we can fix. Rising larynx caused by reaching and squeezing
for high notes. Pulling chest voice too high. Open or wide vowels. Pushing too much air and singing too loud. Lack of breath support. Fighting the resonance and not allowing it
to shift into the head cavities. How to sing without cracks or breaks? Here’s a few simple fixes for each of these. Correct the rising larynx and pulling chest
with this exercise that everyone can do. “Goo” Let me show you. If I were singing somewhere over the rainbow
and it cracked I could use the “goo” to help me. Some where…now let’s take “goo” and substitute
it in for the words. Goo………. When I can do that a few times go back and
put the words back in. Somewhere over the rainbow. Correct the wide or open vowel by slightly
narrowing the vowel. For more help on this get Vowel Hacks Episode
25. Now somewhere over the rainbow again. Somewhere (cracks) Now if i take that “where” and narrow it slightly
to “we’re”…Somewhere Over the rainbow. You hear how the vowel narrowed from where
to we’re but it comes out sounding like “where”. Somewhere over the rainbow.. Correct singing too loud and pushing too much
air by backing off just a little as you sing higher. You actually need less not more air to sing
higher. When you sing louder, especially as you sing higher, the vocal cords have to resist
the added air blow from your lungs. A strong air blast can blow the cords apart.
Also the vocal cords must increase tension to hold them together. This causes the external
muscles to squeeze around the neck. Learning to sing louder without squeezing
takes time and patience. Practice with soft to medium air and volume. This will help you
develop strength and balance in the vocal cords and not the external swallowing muscles. God on high (crack) Too much air too strong
of an air blast. God on High hear my …I wish I was in better
voice today…God on high hear my prayer in my need you have always been there. Speaking of air, adequate breath support will
help your vocal cords function properly. Do this by thinking “tummy out”. Open your mouth
and let your lungs fill with air. As you sing, think “tummy in” and gently pull your belly
button in towards your spine. Don’t over due it. Just enough to give the added air support
which helps the vocal cords stay connected. Tummy Out…God on high….Tummy out….God
on high hear my prayer. Allowing the resonance to shift into the head
cavities from chest to head voice might feel strange at first. Use lip trills, tongue trills
or “goo” to get used to this new feeling. Lip Trill…or tongue trill…goo. Here’s a tip if your vocal cords still want
to break apart even when you’re using the word “goo”, you might need to add a dopey
or hootie sound to it. Something like this, a little bit on the dopey
side. Goo.
That really helps. Goo….. The vocal cords are holding, they’re not breaking
with that added dopey sound…a little bit of imposed larynx. Once you can do that repeatedly,
with ease, then you can back off of that dopey sound to a more normal sound. The dopey sound helps encourage the larynx
to stay down and the vocal cords to stay together. Do you tend to break or crack as you sing
higher? If so your vocal type is likely Flip-Falsetto. Do you know your vocal type? This isn’t referred
to whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tend to
do when you sing. Visit my website, Power to Sing and take the
vocal test, which I call the Power Test. You can take the quiz or email me the recorded
test and discover your vocal type. Visit the Knowledge Center and learn about
your vocal type. Download the exercises for your vocal type and start seeing immediate
improvement in your voice. I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You
can sing higher, with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video. like having swollen vocal cords do to allergies…. Subtitles by the community

10 thoughts on “Ep 27 How to Sing Without Cracks or Breaks

  1. hi there mr. chuck gilmore from power to sing. i try your exercise for vocal type flip falsetto for 3days and it works. this is the sample (male voice)

    if you have times i'd like to hear your thought am i doing the exercise right or not. thank you.

  2. I enjoy your videos a lot, so I subscribed! I have a question, is there any possible way to get past one's absolutely highest note in head voice? I just cannot get past B5. My voice break is on G4. I think I am a very low-voiced contralto. Do you have any videos with exercises for one to get past one's absolutely highest note? Bottom line I think I just can't "find" my whistle register. I am sure that if I could somehow find it, I would be able to get past B5 and maybe go as high as E6 or something, which would definitely add more clarity and power to the rest of my range. Thanks in advance for any help!!!

  3. Hello Chuck, I just have found your channel, thank you very much for your work and help. There are a lot of other vocal teachers on youtube, I really like your way of teaching and explaining. I can see, feel and hear your passion… I just have begun to sing and you are inspiring me a lot. Thank you very much. Greatings from Vienna (Austria), Andreas

  4. I do actually see an immediate improvement. Not just in high notes, but notes in the lower part of my range sound solid and rich. It's pretty drastic from what I sounded like five minutes ago (haha.) Thanks man!

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