Issues In Range

Some people struggle with high notes.  Some struggle with low notes.  Some struggle with the range in between.

From one vocal register to the next adjacent one, there is a potential for what is commonly called a crack or a break.  A speech therapist might call it a glottal stroke, but we know it is out of control and the sound flips or shifts or something happens.

Embarrassing are these cracks or breaks in the voice.  They’re too common in pubescent boys, who get ridiculed or made fun of for them.  Some vocal styles may ignore or accept them, such as some folk music and some country music.

Popular singers I have heard sing with cracks in their voices include Sarah McLachlan and Phoebe Snow.  I’ve heard Garth Brooks do it and maybe on purpose because I’ve heard him sing in the same range without cracking.  In Broadway, Classical, and Pop, they’re not so common.

An audience may perceive a crack or break as a weakness in the voice.  There is a loss of volume, intensity, or power when it happens.  It is as if the vocal folds (cords) “give up” and suddenly relax and adduction decreases and air escapes, mixed with tone.  It gets quieter.

A singer can “power through” with hyper-adducted vocal folds and maybe scream or yell without cracking, but that’s not the best fix for the problem.  It’s common for the larynx to suddenly jump up as a result of or in causing the crack.  Singers who struggle with this just want it to not happen.  Wishing won’t help.

Speech therapists are familiar with the issue, but may not know what to do about it.  Some vocal coaches know what is needed to seal that crack or to repair the break, even though they don’t refer to it that way.  Some say that mixing head voice with chest voice is the answer, but it’s not actually mixing anything.

Middle voice, fully developed and under control, is the answer to how to stop cracking.  It may feel like it is a little like head voice and a little like chest voice happening at the same time.  That’s just how middle voice feels at first.  One voice, not two, three, or more feels like one voice.  Over time, we don’t feel separate tone generating entities with their evil counterparts in between.  One voice is simply the use of the entire range and it is easy.  This is where “vocaleasy” came from.

Truth VS Fiction

Hey! You don’t need to know a billion things, to become a better singer! You do need to know the difference between fact, opinion, fiction, myths, sayings, falsehoods, misconceptions and worse.
 
A FEW COMMON MYTHS, that have been disproven by science and medical science:
 
  1. You can sing from your diaphragm.
  2. You can place your sound somewhere (up, up and over, in the sinuses).
  3. Open your throat.
  4. Raise you eyebrows for high notes.
Don’t waste your time or your money learning things which simply do not help and may even cause you injury. Even if they don’t cause you physical harm, they get you thinking about the wrong thing in the wrong way and only will distract you from what you must focus on, in order to improve.
 
What you really need to know is what to do and practice to get to the next level. Gimmicks won’t get you there. Gurus who spout lies, half-truths, and other tricks which do nothing, are a waste of your time and money. What can you do right now to get better today?
  • Learn to warm up correctly.
  • Learn more about how your voice works so you don’t strain or hurt yourself.
  • Learn more about music.

Best Vocal Coach? What is “vocaleasy”?

Best Vocal Coach

  • A vocal coach who knows and can teach effective and safe vocal technique.
  • A vocal coach with a musical ear: music theory, pitch, a composer, and a pro singer.
  • A vocal coach who knows what your next step has to be for you to progress.

Vocaleasy

Singing is easy, if you do it technically correctly and musically well.

Vocaleasy came from vocalise, which is the combination of: “vocal” and “exercise”.