• Michelle Ostrove


Updated: 2 hours ago

Have you experienced a sudden break (crack) or change (shift) in your voice when you are singing? This happens to every singer at one time or another. Let’s look at one of the reasons for the sudden change.

The break or change in your voice is most likely the result of transitioning from one register to another. The reason for the shift in your voice is a result of vocal folds (cords) stretching (thinning out) to quickly.

When a vocalist sings low notes in the chest voice (register) the vocal folds are shorter and thicker. The transition to the head voice is where a singer will usually experience a shift or change (cracking) in the voice. As you begin singing higher notes and move to the head voice (register) the vocal folds will begin to thin out. If your vocal folds thin out too quickly at the bridge, you get a vocal crack.

In order for you to sing through the bridge with ease, the vocal folds (cords) must thin out. The bridge is also called the passaggio; every singer needs to learn how to sing through it. The vocal exercise called the bubble, also called motorboat sound or lip trills will help transition from one register to another with ease and proper breath and diaphragm support (See blog 11/27/20 “Singing Smoothly Through Registers - Passaggio”). So lets eliminate your “vocal breaks” with practice. Use an experienced vocal coach to help you smooth out the transition areas. Listen to Lexie Torres singing “Rise Up” as she transitions smoothly through registers.


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