Possible Causes of Vocal Strain – And How Voice Lessons Can Help

Voice lessons at Gwinnett Music are something many students enjoy. After all, expressing yourself through song is freeing and fun. However, there are a few things all those taking voice lessons must understand in order to avoid straining their voice throughout their training.

Here are a few of the most common things that contribute to voice strain to help you combat the tension and let your beautiful singing voice be heard.

Be Careful with Your Neck

One of the major areas you must focus on when training your voice is your neck. It’s a common area of strain for students, which is why it’s crucial to make sure your neck is loose and relaxed before you start to sing. Do some simple exercises such as neck rolls before you practice or massage any area you feel has some extra tension. As you sing, remember to keep your shoulders relaxed, too. Too much tension in the shoulders can contribute to voice strain.

Find Your Breath

For many people learning to sing with voice lessons, one area where common issues arise is with breath. In some cases, novice singers may not engage their muscles enough, while in others they may flex too much, taking in too much air.

When you’re singing, don’t suck air in. Instead, relax your body and allow the air to naturally flow in and out. Your voice lesson teacher at Gwinnett Music can help instruct you on the ways to best handle your breath during singing.

Think About Posture

Your grandmother may have told you for years that you should work on your posture – and she wasn’t wrong! When signing, your posture is very important.

Remember, your body is an instrument. An instrument that is all tangled up and bent isn’t going to sound as good as it should, and that same concept applies to you! When you sing, your spine should be tall and straight. Your chest should be relaxed and your knees locked in place.  Your vocal coach will work with you on exercises you can do while learning to sing that will help with posture.

It’s All in Your Mind

One area of strain that can be difficult for some students to overcome isn’t physical but in your mind. Singing is a very personal thing and doing it in front of other people can cause stress and strain. It’s easy when singing in front of others for that to become a source of strain that holds you back.

Building muscle memory through practice can help you overcome the mental strain that singing can cause. Plus, the more you do it, the better you’ll be and the easier it will become to share your beautiful gift of song with the world!

If you’re interested in learning more about how singing lessons can help you develop your talent, then talk to the experts at Gwinnett Music today about voice lessons.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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