Why You Have Tension & Strain When You Sing (and other reasons high notes are hard)

The Holy Grail for singers is the ability to sing without strain and tension throughout the entire expanse of your range while finding a free, powerful, resonant and vulnerable sound. Simple right????

I’m rolling my eyes right now – you probably are too. I feel you.

I mean, if singing like that were simple, you’d be doing it by now. You would never strain going for high notes, you would never tense up at the end of a long phrase, you’d never feel anxious about what sound was going to come out – it would be amazing!

The thing is, there’s a really good reason you’re frustrated, and guess what? It’s not your fault. Odds are, nobody ever told you about The Negative Feedback Loop Of Tension!

I was reminded of The Negative Feedback Loop Of Tension recently when I got this message from a member of my virtual voice studio named Frankie. He writes:

 “Just found your Chanel and I am hooked so far. I do need help with one thing. I have so much strain and tension and it will not go. I have watched hundreds of videos, honestly if not near thousands. When I push more and try to increase pitch my voice flats out, my throat strains and hitting the pitch and the note just isn’t there. It is only one pitch and the more I push, the more strain I feel. How can I eliminate this to hit new notes”  – Frankie from London, UK

Frankie has been stuck in The Negative Feedback Loop Of Tension and he never even knew it!!

I’ll bet there are a lot of you reading this who are marooned there too and had no idea.  Despite your best efforts, singing without tension and strain remains elusive because you’re stuck in this loop.

In today’s video I explain:

  • WHY you are feeling so much tension and strain when you sing (especially high notes)
  • WHAT The Negative Feedback Loop Of Tension is all about
  • HOW to get out of the loop and undo the tension/strain.

Watch the video and then visit me in the comments section.

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When we finally understand the tension, we become able to undo it so the body’s natural capacity to make resonant sound emerges.


Links I mention in the video:

  1. The blog and video on Appoggio and how to do it.
  2. The video on The 4 Month Intensive  and The Intensive info page.


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