Throat problem


I wonder if you would have any ideas about a throat problem I’ve had for years. Sometimes when I sing in chest voice (not head voice) I get a kind of snapping break, like an elastic band snapping, though clearly nothing has actually snapped. It makes me cough and I often then can’t carry on using my voice for an hour or so without getting this snap/cough problem. I also get it if I talk for too long or too loudly…


This is a tricky question to answer without hearing the problem. The most likely reason for the ‘snapping’ in chest voice is that you are keeping your vocal folds too thick for the pitch you want to get, so they just give up and come off the note with a crack. One lesson might well help address this for you. Email us at

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