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This message board was created so that singers could come together and "sound off" to help support each other during vocal development and the creative process of unleashing the creative spark that occurs when writing and producing music. Currently, myself and vocal coaches Ben Valen, Ray West, and Ryan Wall are here to respond periodicially to your questions, with new vocal coaches coming soon. But, feel free to help each other too:)

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V24 Transcending Tone Question

Hello all,

I'm working on week 3 (transcendending tone) Feeling some tightness like a knot in my larynx the next day. Not necessarily painful, but a bit uncomfortable and voice is slightly breathy at certain pitches.
Just concerned I might be doing it wrong. (I am constantly shaking NO during any exercise whenever I feel tight like Jamie suggested)

Two points of suspicion
- During some higher notes, when I break, it kinda 'sounds' damaging (somewhat similar to a full voice fry if such a thing exists) and I feel a slight tug in my throat, especially at the moment the tone shifts. Of course this goes away once I jump the tone. Should I stop immediately when this happens?
- During lower notes descending below middle C, I feel the resonance go dowm from my head to my throat, and the placement also kinda drops with it. Maybe I'm using my throat more than I should as a result?

...or hopefully it's just muscle tension of some sort like the day after you work out.

Any ideas?
Thanks everyone~