- “Breaks” between upper middle register and head register
- Feeling a need to constantly clear the throat or cough
There are a variety of potential causes for vocal problems, including allergies, fatigue, reflux, sinusitis, or other serious issues. Please see the Vocal Disorders section of this website for more information.
It is advisable for all long-term voice users to establish a relationship with an ENT (Ear/Nose/Throat doctor, also known as an otolaryngologist) who deals with singers, in order to have a baseline evaluation.
The Voice Reference Guide, on the Voice Foundation website, provides a resource for those who are interested in “obtaining definitive information about voice function, maladies and treatments.”
The topics covered are:
- Anatomy & Physiology of Voice Production
- Voice Disorders
- Overview of Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention
- Voice Care Team
- Symptom Tree
Re-posted with the permission of the Voice Foundation.
For More Information
The National Center for Voice and Speech
Oren Brown: Discover Your Voice
Meribeth Dayme: Dynamics of the Singing Voice
Scott McCoy: Your Voice: An Inside View
Richard Miller: The Structure of Singing, Training Soprano Voices, and many more
Robert T. Sataloff: numerous publications
Ingo Titze: numerous publications
Suggestions for additional books may be found on the Gettysburg College Library page for Music.
Information on this page has been drawn from the following sources, among others:
- “Chapter Twelve: Maintaining a Healthy Voice.” Meribeth Dayme & Cynthia Vaughn. The Singing Book, Second Edition. New York: Norton, 2008.
- “Chapter 4: Energizing the Body.” Clifton Ware. Adventures in Singing, rev. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2004.
- *The Vocal Health section of “Chapter 6, Understanding Your Vocal Instrument.” John Glenn Paton.& Foundations in Singing, 8th Ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.