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  • A Student Can’t Vocalise Any High Notes (Singing Teachers)

    Posted by Beckie Tunnicliffe on August 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Hey everyone, just got a question for you all.
    I have a 12 year old female student who comes for a lesson every week, she has been having lessons since March. When she started lessons I found that she cannot vocalise any high notes, it is just breath coming out. So I have been doing exercises to help develop her range and open up her throat to reach these notes. I’ve done these exercises with other students in the past who have trouble vocalising hight notes and we seem to get past the problem.
    But I don’t seem to be getting anywhere! I can tell she practices, but she still can’t get any high notes – her voice literally doesn’t make any noise! It is like her vocal cords are not closing. She starts struggling to vocalise a pitch from A3. I asked her today if it hurts in her throat when she tries to sing high but she says it doesn’t, but she does bring her chin to her chest when her voice goes and patting her chest, like she is losing her voice.
    What do you suggest I do? Is it possibly what you posted on here before Ruth about one of your students who you referred? What was that called?
    It just sounds like her voice is hoarse and sore, but if there isn’t any pain, I’m not sure what it is? :/

    Beckie Tunnicliffe replied 8 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Ruth Adamson

    Member
    August 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    the vocal chink? this is different because the voice is completely cutting out that was like Charlotte but she had been smoking for years and had a cyst on her vocal fold which meant she couldn’t get up there doubt it will be that x

  • Ruth Adamson

    Member
    August 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    she might be nervous – lots of sirens x

  • Beckie Tunnicliffe

    Member
    August 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Could this be similar to the problem in the more recent post? I have worked with a couple of young female students who showed similar symptoms to this – which I found much weirder than the male students that I mentioned because girls always seem much more comfortable in their head voices than guys.. In all these cases though, working on reducing constriction has helped, as I suspect that (from what I can tell) they may have been constricting to try and produce the sound. At the same time though I think it might just be a case of needing to build coordination in the muscles which control head voice; which might just be a really alien feeling for some people.

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