Welcome to The Voice Connection Sound Off; a forum for users of books like Raise Your Voice, Melody to Madness, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and Unleash Your Creative Mindset, as well as a place for Vendera Vocal Academy members to interact.

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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Weak and airy below the break in full voice

When doing full voice lip bubbles I can reliably hit A4, but in an open full voice I struggle hitting an A3. My voice becomes faint and airy, but not falsetto. If I allow my throat to tense, then I can get to E4, but it must be loud or it cuts out.

How can I practice hitting the notes below the break with open ease and no extra air?

Thanks all,


Re: Weak and airy below the break in full voice

Don't tense it. The cords are just learning balance and at this point they might be a little too open or you're using too much air. You can use a "mmmmmmmmaaaah" in place of Yah or Yay to help bring those cords together without air. Try that for a while:)