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The Most Common Vocal (Singing) Problem (Mistake) Air Leaks – How NOT To Sing

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Unintentional and unnecessary air flow is what causes many singers to have great fluctuations in consistent singing. Air leaks is what causes most vocal techniques to fail.

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    1. I don’t know if that’s my problem. I just don’t sound as appealing to the ear as much as I would like.

    1. You’re welcome, Joshua! It wasn’t my issue, then by carelessness, it became my issue again! But I’m back on track now.

  1. I’ve struggled with this for as long as I can remember! Are there any ways/exercises to help solve this?

    1. Almost all the vocal techniques that you were taught or learned on your own was trying to deal with this. Just try them all again one by one with this specific thought in mind, stop the leak.

    2. additional to Craig’s advice, you could also add messa di voce as part of your training and feel the vocal closure especially using adduction

    3. Thanks for the replies! I’ll check out the mess di voce, I’ve been trying the inalar de voce but can’t seem to get the same tone ‘exhaling’. Extra air just creeps it, and as I ascend, without the extra air my vocal cords closure ends and just becomes an airy noise coming out! I know it’s wrong but I feel like I have to add air to keep the vocal cords connected. I guess that’s what happens when you learn without a teacher!

    4. Did you try curbing? It’s a simplified form of inhalare la voce. How To Sing Using CVT’s Curbing or Holding or Inhalare La Voce – Complete Vocal Technique CVI,
      Also how are your onsets (attacks)? They are the start of breath control. How To Sing: The Vocal Onset (Attack) – LESSON 7,

    5. Shimizu Voice Thanks for the reply again! I think it might be the onset as I’ve only learnt to sing to try and sound good, rather than learn solid technique and sound good as a result! So I will try practising my onset as I’ve never done this before! Thanks again!

  2. yesss! I usually can go to around E4 with an intentional airy sound before it cracks. Needs to not be airy to continue above that.

  3. You are a great teacher Craig and I have always been able to understand the way you pronounce your name. Stay calm and carry on๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽถ

  4. Hi Craig, really great ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s cool that I also started to read to CVT book and study the system and I had the same confusion that you mentioned about the necessary twang, and just yesterday noticed the correct necessary twang again as you said, which is to bring the arytenoid cartilages together and doing the necessary cord closure. I was suffering from air leaking many years and I didn’t even know what is wrong with my high notes. You did it very well… good job man ๐Ÿ™‚
    I also wanted to ask you if you have any idea about the relationship between twang and singing in the mask as it is defined in opera and other styles? Are they the same? what is your opinion?

    1. Hi Aref, thanks! There are only so many things that the vocal folds can do. So twang as we understand it now, meaning the sound that comes from closed vocal folds and then adjusted by the epiglottic funnel, is the same in any style. Of course there are many adjustments you can make, from the thickness of the vocal folds during phonation, to the adjustments to the various parts of the throat that will affect the sound quality. But never fooling around with the amount of air being released.

    2. Thank you Craig for your reply! The other question was about the twang and singing in the mask. Waht is your opinion related to them. Are they the same thing or similar or maybe differet?

    1. Thanks Bob. Yes, everything’s becoming clearer again. So everyone got to witness this journey, the same journey my students go through periodically. I have to admit this one was more complicated than others.

    1. Hi Nailah! You can get it on Amazon or CVI, But I hear they have an update that’s coming out, so you may want to wait.

  5. I think you do a great presentation of what you cover. You are down to earth, accessible. No need to be self-conscious. So please keep doing what you do so well. Thank you!

    1. Yes, but I wouldn’t then call it a leak because you are intentionally singing in a breathy fashion. That is one of the mistakes a lot of singers make when they’re trying to copy recordings where the artist is singing in a breathy fashion. The mistake is to sing in a weak, non-diaphragmatic way. You should ALWAYS feel the diaphragm working, just not as much at times as others.

    1. I have tried but most times because I’m located in Hawaii, the time difference makes finding compatible times difficult.

    2. Im still interested… can you send me some information on prices? Im pretty flexible as far as time… im a stay at home homeschooling mom of four kids and donโ€™t have much of a set schedule as far as time goes

    3. Please go to website, shimizuvoice.com and look under “Services” for time slots and pricing. The first lesson will be free just to make sure everything goes well.

  6. Hello Mr. Shimizu, all vocal coaches speaking about vocals but what is with consonants? By learning of song i am much more helped by listen of consonants because i come fast in rhythm of song and so timing. English is not my mother language and so i listen very much of consonants. Do you have a lesson about consonants? Does consonants so important like a e i o and u? Thank you very much for all great lessons. I find your teaching very great and it helped me very, very much! Thanks a lot again..!!!

    1. Roses1401 Youโ€™re welcome! Consonants are important to understand because when they are over pronounced they will interfere with the production of a beautiful tone. Please see:

    2. Mr, Craig tkank you very, very much for the helpful answer!! Very great explained in the lesson 35 too!

  7. The lesson 29 by YOU is my absolute favoritte!! Very great and it helped me to resolve my singing problems. Thank you very much!

  8. Craig, and how does it fell when you get your vocal folds fully closed!? How to get that Pavarotti sound!? Is there any method!?

    1. In reality the vocal folds can never be fully closed during phonation because there would be no sound. But I call it that to simplify things. When they are properly closed, the voice is fully resonant and it feels like no air is being used during phonation. Any method that strives to achieve reduction of air flow to sing beautifully and efficiently will move you towards a Pavarotti sound. I like Inalare La Voce the best.

    2. Shimizu Voice great! Iโ€™ve already watched the video about inhalare so Iโ€™ll keep practicing) thank you a lot!

  9. how can we fix this leaks? You tell us to start with onset. and I understand that adduction also helps. Can you give us a recipe, a cycle of exercises, some tips?

    1. Almost all good vocal technique has to do with stopping leaks. I would start with diaphragm control. It’s the biggest breathing muscle in the body and is the cause of most leaks. Along with that is the fixed sternum. Then control air release on the initiation of phonation with balanced onsets. If you can learn these three you’ll be on your way.

    2. Singing Lesson: How to Breathe With Your Diaphragm – LESSON 2
      How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 1: Using Your Stomach) – LESSON 3
      How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 2) – LESSON 4
      How To Sing Using The Fixed Sternum – LESSON 12
      How To Sing: The Vocal Onset (Attack) – LESSON 7

    3. Thank you very much for your quick response! I will check those as you said. Im now watching your youtube videos for 2 hours and I really am gratefull for your sharings. Each of them are treasure… ๐Ÿ™

  10. Hi craig..ur lessons are very useful..thanks alot..few questions..how can i prevent the leaks?…coz i think, leak usually happens to me when i do the mixed voice..are are all coming out easilly, which makes me breathless and i think the reason why cant produce a strong voice…at the same time hitting the high pitch….any advice on these..thank you so much..

    1. Hi Regie. Almost all good vocal techniques are meant to control air during phonation. A breathy mixed voice would cause you not to have power. When trying to fix a vocal problem, always start with the attacks. I also just released a new video that helps breathiness: How To Sing With The Vocal Fry
      How To Sing: The Vocal Onset (Attack) – LESSON 7

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