Tag Archives: tension

07-Why Your Voice is Cracking


Hearing your voice crack can undermine any speaker or singer.  Why does it happen?  And, more importantly, what can be done about it?

Voice talent/voiceover coaches train on delivery, not on care for the voice so they can’t help on this one.  Most singing teachers don’t know how to effectively address this either.

So I’m going to put on my vocal repair clinician hat to break down the causes and remedies for Mark’s question:

 

Mark asked:

I’m just getting started as a voice talent and working on my demo but I find my voice is cracking when I’m in the studio.  How can I get it to sound as good there as it does at home?

 

And I answered by sharing details about:

  • The main causes for a voice that cracks in the studio (or on stage)
  • How to prepare your voice in a way that prevents cracks
  • What to do in the studio to minimize cracks
  • PLUS, 2 great vocal exercises to keep your pipes piping hot

 

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Exercises & Resources Mentioned:

  • The bubble slide:  fingers push up the bottom lip, blow a raspberry (like a baby does) and fall forward from the waist as the tone goes up
  • “Aw” slide down or ‘the yawn’: make the sound you would sinking down into a comfy chair at the end of a long day.  This is relaxed and unattached to any notes.
  • organic-throat-coat-teaThroat Coat Tea: slippery elm and licorice bark/root are key to the effectiveness of this magic voice smoothing drink

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04-Stop Singing Classically


Please pass this episode on to all of your classical sounding singing friends….even if they like sounding that way.   Singers today want and need the flexibility to sing a variety of different styles of music without sounding like they’re a classical singer trying to sing (country, rock, etc.)

And there IS a way!  The problem is that even most highly degreed singing teachers have no clue that it can even be done.  In this episode I walk you understanding the difference between training the voice and training the style so you can learn to separate the two, even if your teacher can’t (or won’t).

 

Gabrielle asked:

I’m supposed to sing the national anthem at our local fair.  I have taken a couple of singing lessons but I’m having a hard time trying to sing it in a classical way that the teacher is teaching since I’m not used to singing that way.  Is that would be something I could get help for?

 

And I answered by sharing details about:

  • The two elements that should be taught by any instructor and why they’re just not taught
  • What kind of instruction you need to sing any song well, in the style you want
  • How styling tools can take any song and make it unique to your voice

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned:

  • Listen to Episode 9 where I talk specifically about how to find the right training and show an example of developing your unique style.
  • 7 Steps to Successful Styling – if you want my step by step guide to understanding vocal styling tools (from the product store of my studio)

My guide on how to sing the National Anthem better every time:

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Also, reviews on iTunes are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!

I read every single one of them and they help others to find help for their voices more easily.


 

And lastly, if you have any questions about your voice, click the microphone on the right side of the screen to record it or click here to type in your question.

Thanks again for listening!

01-Why You Have Vocal Strain


Why do I have vocal strain and can it be fixed?

Vocal strain is the #1 complaint from singers, so it seemed fitting to kick off our podcast by addressing an all to common problem that prevents you from singing or speaking to your full potential.

There is a wealth of bad information about this issue, leading already frustrated singers to believe it might not even fixable.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I hope you find hope based on the science of vocal anatomy in the answer I give to Alyssa’s question.

Alyssa asked:

I’m an aspiring voice actress and singer.  I can hit notes really good sometimes but other times I feel tension in my voice.  Sometimes I get so scared about vocal damage that I get discouraged about doing voice acting and that makes me so sad.  Is it too late for me?

 

And I answered by sharing details about:

  • What actually causes strain, pain and tension in the voice for both singers, speakers and voice talent
  • What few people (that includes teachers, trainers and professors) know about vocal strain
  • How strain, pain, tension and even vocal damage can be reversed for good
  • What your voice will really be like once vocal strain is removed the right way

 

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Thank You For Listening to the Show!


To get more Help My Voice content sent directly to your device as they become available, you can subscribe on iTunes!

Also, reviews on iTunes are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated!

I read every single one of them and they help others to find help for their voices more easily.


 

And lastly, if you have any questions about your voice, click the microphone on the right side of the screen to record it or click here to type in your question.

Thanks again for listening.

– Kim Snyder, host of the Help My Voice Podcast