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whenever I try to sing higher than usual, I can do it but not for a long time. I can do one or two lines and I feel fine, relaxed but as soon as I go to the next line, my throat begins to clutch and I struggle, I'm not relaxed anymore. why is that and how to stop it? thanks!

Re: clutching

You haven't built up the muscle endurance.

Re: clutching

The above post is on point.

You need to slow down and only work up as high as you are able to freely.

When you get to your highest notes use the "NO" headshake to make sure excess neck muscles are not kicking in.

if you are unfamiliar with this you gently shake your head from side to side at a continuous speed like wind screen wipers while singing/vocalizing. This distracts your neck muscles.

Re: clutching

It depends. I need to hear an audio clip of you doing it. Can you post it here?

I doubt it is endurance, it is probably more of the following:

- you forgetting to adjust your support for the next phrase and the tension STARTING in your neck/throat.
- or it could also be you getting caught on a consonant or overly shifting the vocal tract by closing down on tight vowels like EE and OO.

When you are high up in the register the vowels need to be modified in a way so that the throat doesn't overly shift otherwise it won't be able to sustain the wight you are using and you will close down and choke.

The "no" headshaking thing is fantastic too. definitely use that!

Good singing to you,

Phil Moufarrege

Re: clutching

Tension accumulating. Experiement to expand your range in small periods of time. Break up your attemps with relaxation exercises then start again.