Question by Sumbdy2luv: How do i get rid of that crackling sound when i sing high notes?
I had acute bronchits about 5 or 6 months ago and i lost my voice completly. It took my about 4 months to get my singing voice back to normal, but im still having trouble getting into my higher range. Im a first soprano an when i try to hit higher notes, i still get this crackling noise or the note just kind of squeaks out depending how loud or soft i am. Its getting better each day but no matter how long i warm up, drink tea, gargle with salted water, i cant seem to get my voice strong enough to support the notes that used to be able to sing with ease.
Answer by JF
I'm glad I found your question because I'm a vocalist with two music degrees, a Bm and an MM. i've taught for 13 years and sing opera, jazz, musical theatre...You get the idea. Anyway, here is the truth: Bronchitus is not just an infection or inflamation like other "itises" in your body. It is technically a damaging of the vocal folds, or voice box/larynx. Inside of there, you strained the folds (like muscles) by overusing them by either coughing because of a sickness, or yelling, screaming, talking too loud, or too low or too high without support. That's another topic (hee hee). So like when you pull a muscle from exercising too much on a leg muscle, for instance, it takes a while for that muscle to return to normal: it hurts, stings, strains, it's weaker. It is the exact same thing with your voice. Even if it was 6 mos. ago, chances are you have continued to sing and talk, yell, etc. In order for your larynx to heal, you must NOT MAKE NOISE. I know, easier said than done but PLEASE do yourself a favor and rest it. That is what this vocal doctor orders. Mouth everything that you can, cancel singing engagements, whatever it takes; you must take care of your 1st soprano sweetness for choir - even if it means sitting out a performance or giving away a solo. You will get better soon. Also, gargling: NO. Just more noise. Salt: NO It dehydrates your body (larynx) - not good. Also, acidic foods are bad. Try to cut them out. Waiting is hard but worth it, JF
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