Vocal breaks are annoying.
I had a HUGE one right around B flat and my voice was really powerful up to that note but then really weak if I sang higher.
This was because I was switching my resonance placement without even realising it. I was also changing the way I used my vocal folds.
Yep. You can learn to FEEL when you can altering these things when you sing. Its a subtle skill to learn which is why so many new singers have trouble with it, but today I have an exercise for you that will help you to ‘sneak’ through your vocal break and start to transition more smoothly.
Please bear in mind, this sort of an exercise takes time to work which means you need to be practicing consistently and focusing on your technique.
Vocal breaks occur because you are shifting your resonance placement (i.e the spot where you are bouncing your sound off in your skull) and also because you are switching from using a lot of the surface area of your vocal folds to only using a small amount of surface area of your vocal folds.
Ultimately you want to be able to transition through these changes smoothly but for now, here’s an exercise for you to practice with.
Focus on keeping your volume low and your vowel sounds Posh!
Make sure you keep your throat relaxed.
If you’re still having trouble, do the exercise using the Lip Bubble. This also relaxes your tongue which reduces tension.
If you find that you can do the exercise fine but then when you sing with lyrics the break comes back, just persevere with the exercise. You are building new muscle memory here and your muscles are used to doing things wrong. It takes time and repetition to train them to sing the right way.