1) You are not using correct vocal technique:
Your voice may crack because of improper vocal technique. Proper vocal technique consists of several things such as the length, pitch, quality and volume of your voice.
Poorly developed or incorrect vocal techniques cause many problems in one’s life including health issues, mental disorders and even death. If you have any concerns about your voice then it is recommended that you consult with a professional to fix these problems.
2) You are too tired:
You may have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders include insomnia, narcolepsy, hypersomnia and other types of sleep disorders.
Insomniacs experience difficulty falling asleep due to excessive daytime napping or sleeping too much at night. Narcoleptics often fall asleep during the day but wake up in the middle of the night. Hypersomnias can occur if you suffer from hyperactivity or attention deficit disorder (ADD). People suffering from ADD can become extremely restless and easily distracted while they sleep. They may also experience other symptoms like irritability, restlessness, mood swings and memory loss. These individuals will usually fall asleep quickly at night but remain awake throughout the day.
3) You are too busy:
Too much work, family obligations or other activities may interfere with your ability to practice regularly enough to keep your voice healthy.
4) You are suffering from a medical condition:
Other problems can also lead to voice cracks. Certain types of medical conditions can cause one’s voice to become hoarse.
These conditions include acid reflux disease, asthma, the common cold, strep throat and other respiratory tract issues. If you suspect that a medical condition may be causing your voice to change, it is best to consult with a doctor in order to receive treatment for the condition at hand.
5) You are under an extreme amount of stress:
Stress can cause your voice to crack as well. If you are under a lot of stress in your daily life, your body will experience a fight or flight response.
At this time, your body prepares itself to either fight the stressful situation or run from it. During this response, adrenaline and other hormones course through your blood stream causing side effects such as shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat or even trembling.
To control your stress levels, consult with a professional regarding your daily habits or anxiety issues. You can also try to take up a hobby or practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or Yoga.
6) It’s a natural process:
Your voice may also crack during puberty. During puberty, one experiences many changes that affect one’s body and mind.
Changes in one’s voice may be experienced due to hormonal changes as well as the growth of body parts such as your vocal cords. This is a natural process that everyone experiences.
7) You are talking with more than one person:
While some people have a conversation with one or two others, it is best to remember that you are not alone. It is important to interact with others and communicate your feelings during social situations.
Exercise 1: My Voice
For this assignment, I would like you to share your voice with me. In other words, I would like you to read out the feelings and thoughts that you have experienced at this moment.
Don’t worry about grammar or if your voice cracks a little. I want you to share your heart with me so please take a deep breath and start reading when you are ready.”
You clear your throat and begin to speak:
“Oh geez…(deep breath) Whenever I have to speak in front of a group of people, I always get nervous.
And sometimes when I am really nervous, my voice starts to crack. It is kind of embarrassing but everyone gets nervous from time to time. In fact, sometimes when I am really hungry it even cracks.
One time in high school, I had to give a presentation about the history of jazz music in front of my whole class. I had been up late the night before playing NBA video games and then slept through my alarm clock so I was really tired.
When it came time to do my presentation, my voice started to crack (I remember it cracked at least twice). But instead of continuing, I just sat down in my desk and put my head down. Everyone was laughing at me and the teacher ended up sending me to the guidance counselor. I got suspended from school for a day and had to talk with a psychiatrist. She told me that I have performance anxiety and that is why I get nervous. I guess that is why when I get nervous sometimes my voice cracks.
But to be honest, this isn’t the worst thing in the world. I mean it is just a voice crack.
It is nothing to be embarrassed about and chances are if you live a long life, you will experience this again at some point in your lifetime.”
Your professor gives you a smile and says:
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