Over the years, one of the questions that I get from people is “Why do I keep losing my voice?”
I have seen people losing their voices just from talking for a little while.
I have seen singers losing their voice after singing 3 songs.
What’s going on? How can we prevent ourselves from losing our voices.
Let me tell you the truth – if you are properly trained vocally, you don’t lose your voice at all.
You can sing for hours without tiring out your voice. I mean there’s always going to be some fatigue because the vocal cords are muscles, but you can literally keep going on and on without losing your voice.
I say that because I can do that myself. If you get the correct training, you will be able to sing for long hours and still have a very healthy and beautiful voice.
Reasons People Lose Their Voice
1. Talking for Long Hours –
Many people have jobs that require them to speak for many hours throughout the day, like teachers, salespersons, telephone operators, etc. Most of these professionals never had proper vocal training.
If you don’t know how to properly use your voice, it’s inevitable that you lose your voice talking for many hours during the day.
2. Singing and Talking with a Breathy Tone
The worst thing you can do to your voice is yelling and whispering.
Singing and talking with a breathy tone is equivalent to whispering. Why is this bad for your voice? Because you are producing sound from a loose set of vocal cords, and you have to pump a lot of air, I mean a lot, to produce sound at a normal volume.
As a result, your vocal cord will tire out very quickly. Sometimes after just singing one song or talking for just 20 minutes, you will get hoarse and lose your voice.
3. Poor Singing Technique
Some singers get raspy and hoarse easily after a rehearsal or performance. It indicates that the singer has poor vocal technique.
If you constantly have to work really hard while singing, something’s wrong with your technique, and you should find a good vocal coach to fix your problem.
4. Getting Sick
As I’m writing this, I have been sick for 2 weeks. My voice has been recovering from hoarseness, but only about 80% of my voice is restored.
When you get sick, often times your vocal cords are swollen, and you just can’t get the cords to adduct properly. There’s really nothing you can do except to rest up and wait for it to recover.
Restoring Your Voice
I have some suggestions to get a better balance for sound production in both talking and singing:
1. Humming – Try a light hum on any note within your comfort range and hold it out for 4 beats. Once you get a comfortable feeling behind the hum, you could open up into a “Meh,” and hold it out for 4 beats.
2. Lip trill or lip bubble – this is the most common warm-up exercise now. You could do a lip trill on any notes and hold it out for 4-8 beats. Once you get comfortable, you could try to slide up or down an octave to cover a bigger range of your voice.
3. Vocalize on a “GEE” – Try vocalizing on a hooty, “scooby-doo” GEE in an octave exercise 1-3-5-8-8-8-8-5-3-1. Make sure to keep it round, kind of like adding a yawn. This will encourage the cord to adduct while keeping the throat nice and relaxed.
4. Take lessons with a great vocal coach – I cannot stress this enough. You want to get together with a master teacher who really knows the correct singing method and how to teach it, so you can build a healthy voice.
My Final Conclusion
You need to learn good vocal technique that enable you to very efficiently produce a full, balanced, and healthier sound.
In my opinion, any vocal technique that focuses on coordination and balance while singing is best for the voice. Any method that teaches you to use brute force to build up the voice is very dangerous for someone who’s constantly getting hoarse.
For anyone who wants to learn to sing with a full, balanced voice with power and finesse, Robert Lunte has an online singing program that gives singers a very well-round training that going to give you vocal stamina and strength.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.