Help for Singing Hoarseness

hoarse singing voice joy sikorskiPeople ask me about how to deal with singing hoarseness all the time, and I have written about it before.

But because the way to succeed at stopping singing hoarseness is to know what causes it in the first place, I want to share 3 key things that usually cause hoarseness and what you can do about it… 

  1. No (or inadequate) knowledge of singing techniques that can prevent hoarseness
  2. Fear that comes from not having (or applying) that knowledge
  3. Damage (usually not permanent) that results from not having that knowledge

Honestly, that’s about it.

If you don’t know the simple singing techniques and singing mindsets that can prevent hoarseness to begin with, you will repeat the same patterns that caused you to look for help for singing hoarseness to begin with. Right?

Okay, then, here is what I suggest:

  • Make sure you get good vocal training from a voice professional who does not get hoarse themselves! Seriously, I’ve seen too many ads from so-called “experts” who do more damage than good that I just had to say that. There… that’s now off my chest Whew!
  • Honestly ask yourself what you are willing to do to get the help you need and deserve. If your car isn’t running would you try to fix it yourself without anyone helping you, even though you didn’t know a hex key from a hatchet driver? Of course not! You would take it to the best and most honest mechanic your could find.
  • So think of your voice the same way. Get the best and the most honest help you can get to protect and maintain the most valuable tool you have: YOUR VOICE!
  • If you would like me to personally help you, I am only too happy to do that. Just me  leave a comment below that says, “Joy, I want personal help now and I’m ready to pay for the best and most honest person I can find.”
  • Then we can take the next step to find out if I am the best fit for you because there is absolutely no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to the voice!
  • Reread the above.

In the meantime, be sure to read more information about singing hoarseness.

Most of all, take your voice seriously. I do!

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Karen Woods ,

    Joy, I want personal help now and I’m ready to pay for the best and most honest person I can find.”

  • Singing Master ,

    Hi Karen,

    I feel badly that I didn’t see you comment until now. I’ve been out reach due to a major move in August-December back am back and operational again now. Thankfully!

    Anyhow, if you have not yet found the person you are looking for to help you with your voice, I’d be happy to correspond with you further about possibly helping you.

    And even if you have found someone else, I’d be happy to answer your questions here.


  • K Bingham ,

    I spent most of my childhood & teenage years in music, singing & having a great voice teacher. I was in several choirs also. I never had issues with being hoarse after singing, even after hours of singing. I’m now in my early 40’s, I mostly sing in my car these days but, I’ve found over the last few years I get hoarse after I sing 1 song or 10. I do have allergies & post nasal drip, it has lead to a lot of throat clearing when it isn’t controlled. My church would like me to join the choir there, I still have a pure sound & good breath control but, I worry about being hoarse & sounding sick all the time. Do you think all the throat clearing has damaged my chords, I’m just out of practice or something else is going on I should have checked? I really miss singing & sounding normal after.

  • Maria Casler ,

    Hi Joy,
    I want personal help now and am ready to pay for it! I wonder if we could talk and see if it’s a good fit? I have been singing for many years, but I now (I’m in my mid-forties) often get hoarse after singing for even just 45 minutes (more when the songs are higher), and I have a hard time singing freely in my high range. I lead a community choir and sing in a duo with my brother, and it’s so important to me to free my voice and share it with the world! Thanks for your thoughts.

  • Singing Master ,

    Hi Maria,

    Apologies for not getting back to you. I’ve been in the middle of a major move to the East Coast.
    I’d be happy to have a free 30 minute Skype session with you to “talk and see if it’s a good fit.”
    I can call you, if you like. I will email you privately and work out the details. If you don’t see my email, search for something from joy@singing

    Thanks for your patience.

  • carol mckeen ,

    I have been singing professionally for weddings/funerals/church for 45 years. I have always had a crystal clear voice.. Last year my voice changed and it seemed it became raspy and hoarse. now if I stop singing after a few songs and wait awhile and want to sing again it is really raspy.. this does not at all sound like the voice I have taken good care of over all these years. what has happened?? I need your help figuring this out it is driving me crazy as I could always always depend on my voice at any times..High range or lower range it was always very crisp and clear. I desire my old voice back!

  • Singing Master ,

    Hi Carol,

    I am sorry to hear about how your voice is acting. I know the feeling, but without more information, I could not advise you. Can you tell me more about what you are experiencing? Have you ever had any kind of voice lessons, or have you mostly sung naturally for the 45 years you mentioned?

    Thanks for contacting me,

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