Thursday, January 17, 2013

Voice Cracking During Performance

I have been singing regular at church for about 7 years. Recently my voice has started cracking during my performance. I am 58 years old and a non-smoker. I get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water each day. I can only sing about 5 songs before this starts. What do you think could be the cause? Is there a remedy?

Joanna Lott, M.A., CCC-SLP replies...  
It is hard to know for sure without meeting you and seeing a video stroboscopy of your vocal folds. But some questions for you to think about: Do you warm up? Are you singing songs that are comfortable in your range? Are you pushing your voice too hard? What about the rest of your day? Do you use your voice a lot? Have you noticed these "cracks" in your speaking voice if you talk for a long time? Or just in your singing voice? The best advice I can give you without seeing you myself is to recommend a video stroboscopy with a laryngologist and possibly some voice therapy with an SLP specializing in the singing voice. If you are in the Baltimore area, give us a call at 443-849-2087. If not, try this link to find a specialist in your area. Best of luck!
http://www.gbmc.org/home_voicecenter.cfm?id=1551

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