singers break

Also called the ‘passagio’ or passage of the voice from chest to head dominant. Such a trouble spot for most singers. Some,…many teachers say that you should push your break. Not so!! According to Dr.Peak Woo, pushing your break is “the single  leading cause of nodules”.  Nodules are callouses that develop on the vocal folds due to over work and / or un due pressure on the folds themselves. So whats going on in the passagio? The main thing that is occurring is the switch off from the T.A. muscle (thyro-aretenoid”, which controls our lower notes, and the C.T. (chrico-thyroid), the muscle that stretches the folds to reach higher notes. Muscles always work in a protagonist/antagonist way, switching off jobs from one and other. When you push in this area, your taxing the TA and over working  the folds. Very dangerous. Instead, try to gently ascend without increasing volume. Notice the break and pull back on your air. If your loft quality(buy my cd to understand more) is consistent in your lower and upper, and your ring or mask resonance is also consistent, you will eventually experience a smooth transition. For most people this isn’t easy, but very do-able.I often use the analogy of driving over a speed bump. Just as you can avoid most of the impact of the bump by going over it slowly, so too can you  glide over the break by easing off on the breath preasure. Make sense?To buy my warm-up cd, go to www.voicecareproducts.com, and as always, USE DOLCEVOCE HONEY/LEMON THROAT SPRAY!! IT WORKS!

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