Stop Voice Cracking When Singing – How to Stay in Mixed Voice!

Stop Voice Cracking When Singing – How to Stay in Mixed Voice!

If you’re learning how to get mixed voice you must stop voice cracking when singing! If you crack it’s embarrassing and your mixed voice tone is disrupted.

Inside this video I’ll explain what causes cracking when you sing and give you three exercises to eliminate cracks.

https://youtu.be/aKH4rVf9lKk

Hi, I’m Chuck Gilmore, International Vocal Coach and Founder of Power To Sing.

 

To learn singing technique to enable you to sing higher without cracking, straining, breaking or breathiness, subscribe to my channel and get notified when I post videos each Friday.

 

First, don’t try to sing when you’re sick with a cold or allergy. Even if your technique is perfect, you risk cracking and breaking because your vocal cords are swollen.

 

If you’re healthy there are three main reasons why your voice cracks when you sing.

 

  1. You’re pulling your chest voice into the bridge and/or into head voice [demo]
  2. Your larynx is rising too high [demo]
  3. You’re singing a vowel too open or wide [demo]

 

Vocal Exercises to Stop Voice Cracking When Singing

 Here are three exercises to help you not pull chest, keep the larynx down and fix the vowels.

 

Stop pulling chest with this exercise.

 

  1. Ney Ney Ney on the Octave Repeat scale.

 

It sounds like this. [demo] Notice I don’t do it loud, but I exaggerate the sound so it’s witchy. Some call it a pharyngeal voice. Do it just loud enough to maintain a connected tone. Don’t do it in falsetto. [demo]

 

Men will begin this exercise at the top of their first bridge, the Ab4 and descend to the E4.

 

Ladies begin at the top of their first bridge which is the C#5 and descend to the A4.

 

I’ll demonstrate and then it’s your turn. Men first, then the ladies.

 

Demo. Ready men? Begin.

 

Now Ladies. [Demo] Ready ladies? Begin.

 

 

Lower the larynx with this exercise:

 

  1. Gee Gee Gee with a dopey/hooty sound on a 1 ½ scale.

 

It sounds like this. [demo]

 

Don’t do it loud. Just medium or medium soft. Notice, if I stay dopey, the tone also goes hooty as I sing higher. [demo]  If I do it wrong and lose the dopy sound, it sounds like this.

[demo]

 

 

Men will begin this exercise on the B2 and ascend to the C#3

 

Ladies begin at the F#3 and ascend to the Ab3.

 

I’ll demonstrate and then it’s your turn. Men first, then the ladies.

 

[Demo]. Ready men? Begin.

 

Now Ladies. [Demo] Ready ladies? Begin.

 

 

Stop Spreading Vowels with this exercise  and procedure.

 

  1. “New to No” on an Octave Repeat scale.

 

It sounds like this. [demo] When you do it wrong and spread the vowel it sounds like this. [demo] To help you do this correctly, let your lips form “oo” while you sing “no”. Just think the word no. The “no” follows into the same feeling as the “new”. [demo]

 

Men will begin this exercise at the top of their first bridge, the Ab4 and descend to the E4.

 

Ladies begin at the top of their first bridge which is the C#5 and descend to the A4.

 

I’ll demonstrate and then it’s your turn. Men first, then the ladies.

 

Demo. Ready men? Begin.

 

Now Ladies. [Demo] Ready ladies? Begin.

 

What word do you find often splats or cracks, breaks or pulls chest voice? Tell me in the comments below what word or words trip you up. For me…the word “love” wants to splat.

 

A common vowel that spreads and splats is the “ah” as in “rockets red glare” from the “Star Spangled Banner”.  To sing it so it doesn’t splat, narrow the vowel from “ah” to “uh”. Now sing it like r”uh” ckets red glare.  [demo]

 

This is so powerful in keeping you in your mix. But what about all the other vowels that give you problems?  In the above example, to what would narrow “red glare” so they don’t splat?

 

To help you know how to narrow any problem vowel or word, here’s a free PDF to download to guide you through almost every vowel/word splat you sing. Get your Free PDF, “Vowel Modifying Hacks” by clicking on this link here, or you can find the link in the description below this Youtube video.

 

 

These three exercises and PDF will help you eliminate breaks in your voice by stopping pulled chest, lowering the larynx and ending the splatting by modifying your problem vowels.

 

Please give this video a thumbs up, subscribe if you haven’t yet, and share this video with someone who needs help with cracking and breaking or pulling the chest voice too high.

 

If you’d like to join a community of singers just like you, I have a Facebook page, Power To Sing, where I share up to date singing advice to help you succeed with your voice.

 

Another great resource for building your mix and ending the breaks and cracks is the exercises for your vocal type. These exercises help you learn to bridge and are very powerful ways to build your mix voice.

 

Go to PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test which I call the power test. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type. Then watch the videos about your vocal type and download the exercises for your vocal type. Start practicing these exercises immediately. Results will come quickly.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck

If you long to do more with your singing it is possible. This is the first and most important message. It is possible to achieve your dreams to sing better, to sing higher, to add beauty, confidence and power to your voice! I know this because I’ve experienced a real change in my voice that has enabled me to reach my dreams and desires to sing and perform and really find happiness and fulfillment! And so have my students. I want to help you do the same!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Hi Maxim: When you say “cow” what is the predominant vowel sound? I think it’s “ah” as in “Bach”. So it’s narrowed to “uh” .

  2. Hi Chuck,
    Thanks for the pdf afbout modifying hacks. How does the vowel like in the word cow modifies?
    Tanks. Greetings Maxim

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