Effective Ways to Stop Straining Your Vocal Chords
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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, we are going to tell you how to stop straining your voice, and get easily along with your passion of singing.
Start from your Home!
It’s best to start singing from 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.
Using the Diaphragm
Novice vocalists do not use the support of their diaphragm. If they did, they’d not end up with strained voice. The diagram 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 let out to produce any notes smoothly.
- Initially, it may help you to keep your hands on just below your chest.
- As you sing, you should feel that area contract and expand. It means you’re singing appropriately.
Keeping the Jaw Dropped!
Always sing with your lower jaw dropped, as if you were totally surprised over some amazing piece of news. It means the corner of your lips should not look like corners. They ought to look vertical. This helps to keep your larynx down, which is a basic technique for singing without putting a strain on the voice.
Keeping your Throat Open
If the throat is narrowed, there’d be too much stress on the vocal cords, which means 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’d not have to strain your voice then.
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 you voice. And, even if you are used to straining your voice, now by following these tips and tricks, you won’t be doing the same!