“My voice cracks & fatigues too quickly.”

12/27/2020 12:00 AM

    Picture your vocal cords as a delicate spider web spanning heavy scaffolding. When the wind blows (your breath), the web vibrates. As the scaffolding shifts under moving workers, the tension on the web changes. Too much shifting and stretching and the web breaks.


    Now let’s switch up the metaphor. When you shoot an arrow, you notch it, pull the string, and let it fly. The more you pull back the string, the farther the arrow flies.  The whole mechanism is visible, easy to see, understand, and operate.


    The singing mechanism is much more like the web and scaffold than the bow and arrow. For one thing, the vocal cords, the heart of the singing mechanism, are pretty much invisible. You can’t see how they operate. Most importantly, it’s impossible to control them directly, through what you can see and touch, like you can a bow and arrow.


    No, the vocal cords respond only secondarily to efforts to control them. In fact, direct efforts to control the cords are likely to end in frustration. That’s because vocal cords don’t do well under excessive tension.


    They’re a delicate set of muscles (like the web), surrounded by and suspended from a vastly stronger superstructure of muscles that breathe, chew, and swallow (the scaffold). Properly used, they need to vibrate very fast. They balk and rebel if they’re loaded down with too much tension. The result is cracking, missed pitches, and fatigue. More on how to fix that in another post.

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