My voice has cracked and I can no longer sing higher notes, is this normal?
Ok, this is related to health and medicine in a very indirect way... But here goes... I'm a 16 year old male and was always a very good singer. Ever since I hit puberty, my voice has ,obviously deepened, but I can no longer sing higher notes that lead singers of bands ( full-grown men) can sing. Is this normal? Will I be able to sing higher notes in the future? It worries me, because I love singing, and there are very few songs which I can actually sing....
If you can talk, you can sing. Many popular male voices are a mixture of rhythmic speach, forced tonality and falsetto. Finding your own voice as it changes is part of the process of maturing vocally. If the songs that you would like to immitate do not fall in your range change keys. Vocal changes can continue throughout your life, but will generally stabilize between ages 21 and 23. Other things you do with your voice (excessive screaming, smoking, dry air, stress) all effect your voice as well. Take care of your "instrument" and stay in keys that work for your voice where it is - at the present moment. Do not expect it to stay the same - be flexible with it and you will be able to enjoy singing for your entire life. Don't give it up!
As a musician and teacher, I have seen many males worry about their voices. It is normal for a male voice to go through many different changes as time goes on. When you listen to those high voice singers on the radio, they are using a different part of the vocal muscles. Most strain but to sing it healthy, you must use your falsetto. Another way to explain that would be to "sound like a girl." Falsetto is an Italian word for "false" and it is allowing you to sing notes in another register (high notes).
If you are worried about your voice, I would find a voice coach in your area but please make sure they have great credentials and will not harm your voice. Many people think they can teach voice but in reality they are doing more harm then good. Take care of your instrument and drink plenty of water daily. That keeps your vocal chords in good standing. Drinking soda will actually inflame them, so water is the best medicine for them.
Hope this helps!
Your voice has lost it's ability to sing higher notes due to a biological change.When you began puberty there was an increase of testosterone in your body.This is the chemical that creates body hair and is needed to become more masculine.One of the things that testosterone will change is the length and thickness of vocal chords.This change in the vocal chords will change your voice to a lower register . This is a normal change,If you want to hit some of the high notes you once did ,then training techniques in singing might help you to reach some of them .