Ep 27 How to Sing Without Cracks or Breaks

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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!

It’s a singer’s worst nightmare right? Singing your song and wham your voice cracks or breaks in front of everyone!

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Breaks and Cracks

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.

Why We Break or Crack

What causes breaks and cracks to happen in our voices? Here’s a number of reasons. Some reasons are out of your control, like 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-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
Wide or open 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 these.

Rising Larynx and Pulling Chest

Correct the rising larynx and pulling chest with this exercise that everyone can do, “Goo”
[demo on 5 tone and substitute in Over the Rainbow] When I can do that at few times, go back and put back in the words. [Demo]

Wide or Open Vowel

Correct the wide or open vowel by slighting narrowing the vowel (for more help on this get vowel hacks Ep.25) [Demo]

Singing too Loud and Pushing too Much Air

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 muscles.

Learning to sing louder without squeezing takes time and patience. Practice with soft to medium air and volume. This will help you develop the strength and balance in the vocal cords and not the external swallowing muscles. [Demo]

Adequate Breath Support

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 bellybutton in towards your spine. Don’t over due it, just enough to give the added air support which helps the vocal cords stay connected. [Demo]

Allowing the Resonance to Shift

Allowing the resonance to shift into the head cavities from chest to head voice might feel strange at first. Use Bubble lips, tongue trill or “goo” to get used to this new feeling. [Demo]
Vocal Exercise Tip

Here’s a tip. If your vocal cords still want to break apart even when using “goo”, you might need to add a dopey or hootie sound to the word “goo” to encourage to larynx to stay down and the vocal cords to stay together. [Demo]

Flip-Falsetto

Do you tend to break and crack as you sing higher. If so your vocal type is likely Flip-Falsetto
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Do you know your vocal type? This isn’t referring to whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type is what you tend to do when you sing.

Visit my website, PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. You can take the quiz or email me your 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.

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

  1. iTrain Productions says:

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  2. amboro project says:

    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.

  3. 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!!!

  4. Andreas Prokesch says:

    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

  5. Ely Gabriel says:

    this is my problem too reaching high notes it crack and break my voice

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  7. It should feel like doing a sit up. Repeat until this is natural when you are singing.

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