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Ep 85: How to Sing Higher without Cracking or Breaking

How do you Sing Higher without Cracking or
Breaking? This is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen when you sing. There’s a specific cause for breaks and
cracks and here’s a great exercise to prevent it! This is a more advanced exercise. Hi! I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. Have you ever tried to sing higher only to
have your voice crack and break? It’s frustrating in practice and embarrassing in a performance. What causes this to happen? Here are several
reasons for a crack or a break. The Larynx is rising. This causes the vocal
cords to break apart. The chest voice is being pulled up. The added
tension and pressure will also cause the cords to break apart into falsetto.
Swollen Vocal Cords from illness, menstruation, allergies, lack of sleep, vocal abuse or damage,
reflux, dehydration, medications, etc. Under these conditions, the vocal cords, like a
sore muscle, become unstable and the larynx quickly goes up which causes the crack or
break. Here’s a great exercise that can help with
the high larynx, pulled chest and swollen cords. Important: If you have vocal damage of any
kind, a doctor should be consulted before doing any vocal exercises. The exercise goes by various names such as
squeaky door, sometimes I call it the puppy dog sound.
It sounds like this. [Demo] Two factors make this effective. First, just
the outer edges of the vocal cords are used, so you don’t want to jam it or press it
too hard. Second, try to do this exercise without using any external neck muscles. Monitor yourself by putting your thumb under
your chin and gently press in. Now swallow. Do you feel the muscles push your thumb outward.
These are called digastric muscles. When these activate it pulls the larynx upward. Your job is to do this exercise without those
muscles pushing against your thumb and raising the larynx. First start on a pitch in your chest and inflect
the voice upward like this. Start on a pitch in your chest voice and then
inflect the voice upward. Practice doing it until you can do it without
the muscles pushing against your thumb. Don’t do it hard or loud. Just enough to keep the
vocal cords connected. Once you’re able to do that, move on to
this exercise. Using the squeaky door sound at medium volume, and placing your thumb under
your chin, do this scale. It’s a 1 ½ scale. Men begin on the B2. Women begin on the F#3.
Both voices go up three half steps and back down. First do it staccato. Start with the men.
Ready? Now the Ladies. Practice this until you can do
it without the muscle pushing against your thumb. Then move on to this exercise. On the
same 1 ½ scale with a gallop. It sounds like this.
Now men, the gallop.Now women, the gallop. Once you are able to do that exercise without
the muscles kicking against your thumb, progress to this next exercise. It’s a triplet, same
scale. [Demo] Now men, the triplet. Now Women, the triplet. Progress to the next exercise
once you’re able to do it without the muscles pushing. This will isolate the vocal cords from the
external muscles in the neck. This will retrain your neuromuscular system to produce your
tones at the vocal cord level without the extrinsic muscles raising the larynx. This is a great exercise for every vocal type.
It: Trains the vocal cords to function without
the external muscles Keeps the larynx down which eliminates the
breaks Helps build vocal cord adduction (bringing
the cords together) Rehabilitates the vocal cords What do you tend to do when you sing? Does
the larynx go up? Do you pull chest voice too high? Do you crack or sing too breathy.
Do you tend to mix? Go to and take the vocal test,
which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then go to the
Knowledge Center and watch all the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises and use them to
start improving your voice immediately. 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. Subtitles by the community

50 thoughts on “Ep 85: How to Sing Higher without Cracking or Breaking

  1. I totally get that those squeaky door type exercises let you produce a pitch without engaging neck and/or chin muscles. However, this, for me, never seems to result in the same total relaxation of those neck/chin muscles when singing in a normal/real head voice.

    The squeak is a sound that breaks up when trying to increase the volume. It simply is not a normal/real head voice. It is just another disconnected register like falsetto, except that it can be connected at a very low volume. It is debatable/questionable as to whether these squeaky type exercises actually have any real benefit. (at least for me they don't have any quantifiable provable benefit)

    My point is, having the chin and neck muscles be totally relaxed, when producing a high note, is not of any real benefit because the sound is always relegated to a wimpy squeak at an extremely low volume, as opposed to a real/normal head voice at a normal speaking volume. Again, increasing the volume always results in the sound breaking up, because, in reality, the squeak is just another disconnected register just like falsetto.

  2. Hey, very good tutorial!
    I wanna ask you something. I've never token vocal classes and I want to improve my voice, is your videos are helping me to improve my voice and sing beautifully and flawlessly or is it only based on reaching high notes and getting a falsetto?
    I don't really value high notes like sure it's a great add-up to have but what's most important is to have that base.
    thanks for clarifying I'm diffently subscribing either ways <3

  3. Hi Chuck. I have been doing the pulled chest high larynx exercises from This is because as you said earlier, I have an imperfect mix. While the pulled chest high larynx exercises has helped a little, I am still wondering how do I improve my tone quality? How do I add a little more power in my mixed voice so that it does not sound like I am singing in head voice all the time? I know that these things take time. However, I have been doing these exercises for a while and I have been trying to refine each exercise every time I do them, but I have not improved in tone quality and adding a little more power to my mix. First and foremost, how do I improve my vocal tone with this method of speech level singing? I really need help in this area.

  4. Hi sir, it would be great if you make a video about mouth shape when singing. That will help a lot. ^^

  5. This exercise helps train the vocal cords to work independently of any extrinsic muscles. If done as demonstrated, the larynx will be more stable and less likely pushed or pulled upward.

  6. Is it possible that I could be two vocal types because I have a high larynx but I also flip into falsetto when I go?

  7. THANK YOU SO , SO MUCH. I've been looking for an exercise that could help my voice stop cracking every time I sing. This helps a lot, and combined with some of the actual facts and knowledge you are teaching in this video gives me a great understanding of how my voice works. Thank you.

  8. omg I love your videos I gotta go home and add you on Skype!! I am untrained but your videos are so good!!

  9. thank you sir for this lesson , but i always wanna know the answers of this question … how is vocal damage cause iam little bit nervous about damaging my vacals…😓

  10. this exercise is so hard, i am blocked by the stacado exercise, the muscles dont want to relax… Do you have any exercise to relax this muscle?

  11. Thank you so much for your lesson!!! I started sing again, stop for more the 20 years…I found this app smulesing and I really like to do my best!!! You help me to understand a lot about singing!!!😍😍😍🌺❤️🌺❤️🌺❤️👍

  12. Men
    Staccato 3:52
    Gallop 5:28
    Triplet 7:34

    Staccato 4:26
    Gallop 6:05
    Triplet 7:34

    Hope this helps to all those who come here to build a habit of practicing this shite everyday, hahah 😁

  13. can you please help me try to sing never be the same by Camila Cabello? you helped me get better but i want all the way. BTW im only 11

  14. I can honestly say that I have seen results just from practicing this excersise. Before this excersise I try to sing in headvoice and when I got to a certain note in headvoice it would disconnect and sound airy but I would go even higher.

  15. I have a question now just doing it exercise my headvoice power improve but as I go higher it goes from this headvoice sound to this falsetto. Do you think it could be that when I was young and I tried to learn whistle note as a bass and end up developing headvoice all the way to an D6. Or do you think it is because I learn falsetto. Or do you think it could be a result of “ pulled chest high Larynx. Because I regain my headvoice when I started to practice your pulled chest high larynx and learn how to not strain.

  16. Is it normal for the digastric muscles to be lifted just a bit while doing this exercise? I mean I have been doing this exercise and I have been doing it fine. just that in the highest note, there was a slight chin lift. is it allowed?

  17. Thankyou for these wonderful lessons sir! But as i try doing these exercies, I can feel the thumb pushed outward even on low notes, how do I practice not doing that?

  18. Hi, I don't have so much of a problem with breaking or cracking. I find that sometimes my voice just cuts out completely and it's just silence except for the sound of air moving out of my throat. Will this tutorial help with that?

  19. I can sing high notes that's not the problem it's getting them to sound as good as when I'm singing in my range

  20. My voice doesn't produce a sound when I try to go high sometimes. What's the cause and how can I fix it?

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