Why do you lose your voice after speaking or singing

Why do you lose your voice after speaking or singing

Have you ever lost your voice after using it for a while? maybe you were speaking or even trying to sing at a karaoke? If so, you
need to check out this video on how to avoid losing your voice Hi there I am Lorna Earnshaw, vocal coach and online marketing consultant I’ve already helped more than 55,000 people to free
their voices through the internet and more than 350 students in my private
sessions for the past 15 years. Today I want to talk to you about how to
use your voice so that you stop losing it after using it, and why you lose
your voice. You lose your voice because there is an inflammation in the vocal
cords and you’re not using the right muscle, the muscles that were created in
order to perform that action. What’s going to happen is that other muscles in
your body are going to compensate and they’re gonna start doing somebody
else’s job. When this happens is when we end up having vocal abuse, when we end up getting hurt, when we end up creating these vocal disorders. Which is very
common is that most of the people who have never trained their voices
don’t have, for example, the proper vocal technique in order to breathe, in order
to support what they’re saying so when they’re in a situation in which they
have to use their voice in a more intense way, when they have to talk for
hours or maybe when they put in a lot of energy and they want to be heard and
they’re trying to speak louder so that they can have more influence, what
happens is that they don’t have the power in order to do that and because
this power should be created through their breathing support. First of all, the
breathing support, which is the way that we are breathing that should be the
foundation. We end up compensating and doing all the strain with the larynx
muscles. This is what creates this sensation of hoarseness because there is
an inflammation on the vocal folds and there is air going through the vocal
folds that is not making the vocal folds vibrate. The vocal folds get
inflamed and they don’t really close in the way they should in order to create a
constant and stable tone. So what do we do in order to avoid these hoarseness? We need to prepare We need to learn how to use our
voices. We do that by applying what I call the five steps in order to use your
voice correctly. What are these five steps? Our relaxation, articulation,
breathing, resonators and pitch. Relaxation: it’s very important that
before going on stage before starting to use your voice in an intense way, maybe
you’re a teacher and you have to use your voice for hours… it is important
that you get rid of any tension in your body because tension is what creates
strain. Your body needs to be relaxed, especially
your shoulders and your back because otherwise that tension is gonna end up
creating strain in your larynx. What I usually do is before using my voice I do
my relaxation exercises in order to relax my shoulders and my back. And you can check out these exercises if you click on the link that it’s showing up right
now here here around somewhere and then (you will be able to receive this
sequence for free if you sign up for my free program) Second, you need to work on your articulators. Many times we don’t open our mouths when we’re talking. So
if you’re talking with your mouth shut like this and you’re mumbling it’s
gonna be very hard to be heard. So you’re gonna end up putting a lot of effort in
order to project your voice. So it is extremely important that you learn how
to strengthen the muscles of your mouth and engage your articulators. We need
to use our breathing support and what is it breathing support? The breathing support has to do with a support that our abdominal muscles are going to perform on our
diaphragm so that the airflow is constant and it has enough pressure in
order to carry a whole phrase. What happens is that when we don’t have the
right vocal technique and the right breathing we end up using, for
example, the chest breathing in which you are getting a very small amount of air
you lift up your chest and you’re not really supporting your breathing. Your
support should come from here, okay? So your abdominal muscles need
to support your diaphragm so that at the end of the phrases the airflow is constant. If the airflow is not constant when you’re blowing what’s going to happen is
that you’re gonna end up creating this strain because your muscles in your larynx are trying to compensate this lack of pressure. So we need to work on the rib-
abdominal breathing. First of all, the rib abdominal breathing
is a more complex breathing but it’s essential especially to sing and to sing
high notes, but it’s also necessary when you are talking for example in front of
an audience. We need to work on our abdominal breathing, rib abdominal breathing and get rid of the chest breathing . Resonance. So what is the resonance? we need to project our voices. What happens many times is that maybe you don’t have a
good way to amplify your voice so your voice is super low and it’s hard to
hear it so when you’re trying to speak in front of an audience you start screaming
and this is gonna really hurt your larynx. This is gonna wear out your
muscles in your larynx because what we need to do is we need to amplify our
voices using our resonators. This is the “placement” So it is extremely important
in order to preserve our voices that we are able to project our voices without
strain and having a powerful voice that is amplified by the right placement in
the mask, which is where our natural speakers are, as opposed to screaming
with no resonance at all. It’s the same thing as if you didn’t have a microphone
and you need to scream. Okay, we have a natural microphone and our natural
microphone are our resonators. Even if you are using a microphone, it is very
important that you learn how to project your voice. Otherwise, you are going to
end up wearing out your voice and this is other of the reasons for hoarseness.
And PITCH. Many times, when we’re in front of an audience, we end up
changing the pitch of our voices. There is a pitch in which your voice is going
to sound better. Of course, we don’t want to speak in a monotone like this, but
many times if we’re speaking either too high or too low ,this might end up
creating an extra effort in our voices For example, if I’m talking like this I’m
actually putting everything inside, my voice is not projecting, and as “if I’m
speaking like this because I’m super excited” this is going to be bad as well.
So it is important that you find that “sweet spot”. The point where your voice is going to resonate, it’s going to be full, it’s going to have power, and it’s going
to have a balanced tone. So, as always, I would like to know why do you think
about this? Are you used to getting hoarse? Do you usually get hoarse? What do
you do to avoid this? What have you done in the past? So if you like this, please
share it to your friends and help out to put the word out there. If you haven’t done
it yet you can sign up and download my free guide with the “10 speaking
mistakes that are holding you back and how to fix them you just have to click
the link that is showing up right here. You’re gonna love this! You’re gonna
get the PDF and also you’re gonna get some exercises. The exercises are gonna
be extremely useful as well if you want to stop getting hoarse after using your
voice. Thank you so much for being here and I will see you next week bye bye

One comment

  1. Hi, I'm brazilian and i want to see your pdf but i can´t open it (Olá eu gostaria de ver seu pdf mas eu não consigo abrir o link, da erro)

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