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 PowerToSing.com 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 Amara.org community