Hi Ken, When I was younger I could hit high notes with no problem. Now my voice cracks and it is very frustrating. I know I am getting old but I still love to sing. Is there anything I can do to get my voice back? ~ Kathy
As we grow past our vocal prime (usually mid-30s), singing isn’t always as easy as it used to be. Also, for females, when things change hormonally within your body as they do when one has a baby and so on, this can also alter somewhat the feel and make up of your voice.
All of that being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to lose your voice fully, but that you may have to pay more attention to vocal technique and such.
Singing high may not be as easy as it was before. If I were looking to correct this, there are a couple of things I’d be looking to do.
First, I’d want to make sure that I’m as vocally healthy as I can be. This means getting ample sleep, staying hydrated (ie drinking water and avoiding large amounts of caffeine/alcohol), and warming up properly before singing. Doing these things will help more than you might imagine.
The second thing I’d start looking to do is even out my vocal technique. I personally think this would be a good article for getting you started there – http://www.askavocalcoach.com/articles/how-to-sing-high-notes/
Of course, a teacher could help as well if that’s in your budget and in line with your intentions.
Now, all of this being accomplished, your voice may still not feel exactly the same as it used to, but it should help (and you may find that it helps you take your voice farther than it’s been before!).
I hope that this helps!
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor