Effective Ways to Stop Straining Your Vocal Chords
Aspiring singers often commit the mistake of straining their voice. It usually happens when they try too hard to sing some particular notes. The outcome? A hurt throat. A hurt voice. A hurt passion. Then, the voice may truly sound different because it’s – in a way – become injured. The notes produced by this voice would be harsh and unmelodious.
However, I am going to tell you how to stop straining your voice and get easily along with your passion for singing.
Steps To Reducing Vocal Strain:
It’s best to start singing something you’re totally comfortable with. It’ll give you and your throat a warm-up session. For most people, it’s their low range. For you, it may be your ordinary voice and your favorite song! However, then you can move ahead to tackle the challenging notes.
Tip #1: Properly Using The Diaphragm
Novice vocalists do not use the support of their diaphragm. If they did, they’d not end up with a strained voice. The diaphragm is the muscular wall that separates your chest cavity from your abdomen. As you naturally breathe in and out, it expands and contracts. While you’re singing, it should keep contracting and expanding so that you actually have enough air that you can produce any notes smoothly.
- Initially, it may help you to keep your hands just below your chest.
- As you sing, you should feel that area contract and expand. It means you’re singing appropriately.
Tip #2: Keeping the Jaw Dropped!
Always sing with your lower jaw dropped, as if you were totally surprised by some amazing piece of news. It means the corner of your lips should not look like corners. They ought to look vertical. This helps you keep your larynx down, which is the basic technique for singing without putting a strain on your voice.
Tip #3: Keeping your Throat Open
If your throat is narrowed, there’d be too much stress on the vocal cords, which causes an unnecessary strain on them. You need to keep the roof of your mouth up while the back of your tongue down. This way, the air that comes out produces free but potent notes, and – of course – you would then not strain your voice.
It may help you to sing an “Ahh” sound for a few minutes before you start singing. It’ll relax your throat and put it in a state of remaining open.
- Even if you feel a lit bit of pain or tension in your vocal chords, you should stop singing at that very moment.
- Then, you can start singing again after a small interval. This will help you to avoid any prolonged strain.
Follow the techniques described above carefully. If you do, you are quite likely to sing naturally and easily without having to worry that you’ll strain your voice. And, even if you are used to straining your voice, these tips and tricks will help you prevent future mistakes.
Health Risks With Straining Your Voice
If you strain your voice too much, you could severely damage your vocal chords – especially your larynx. When you strain too much, your throat trying to protect itself and it does so by creating vocal nodes in your voice box. Vocal nodules (the formal way to refer to them) are sort of like cysts growing in your larynx.
If you get them, the only way to remove them is by having surgery (who would want that) or you would have to go for a prolonged period of time without straining your voice. This could mean no singing at all because even the slightest bit of singing could trigger vocal strain which would tell the vocal nodes to stay in your throat. Remember: Vocal nodes develop as a way of your vocal chords protecting themselves from the strain.
Many people fall for the misconception that singing is sort of like building muscles. It’s not! Singing requires extensive breathing techniques and air control.