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    • Wow, that is fascinating. I've never heard of a singer getting a haemorrhage on their false vocal folds from singing. Do you have images? As they do not play an active role in normal speech I would not expect you to have issues with your speaking or singing voice. I agree with Draven Grey you need to see an ENT/Laryngologist - someone who specialises in voice. You may have either been told the wrong diagnosis (not all doctors/ENTs are equal) or misunderstood what the doctor said, best to get a second or specialist opinion. Your history is more indicative of a true vocal fold injury. Haemorrhage of the vocal folds is serious but totally fixable with the right specialist. It's what singers like Adele, Steve Tyler and Sam Smith and many others, suffered from. There is a special laser (green light) that can target and eliminate the burst blood vessels. After some weeks of rest and vocal therapy you will be singing again. Though you will need to address the cause of the issue, if your vocal technique doesn't get addressed you will end up in the same place again. I look forward to hearing how you go. Cheers, Line Vocal Coach, Performing Arts Medicine Specialist and Founder of iSing Magazine
    • Smooth octave siren from B3-B4. A little bit of shaky vibrato on top as well.  http://vocaroo.com/i/s18bevv6u8D0
    • Hi Ed, Sorry you're experiencing voice loss, it's a total confidence killer. I am curious as to what a "tentative diagnosis" means? Did you get scoped by an ENT/Laryngologist? I would recommend you get a reputable-singer interested ENT Laryngologist to look at your vocal folds really get to the bottom of what the issue is. Otherwise it's just guess work and can waste a lot of your precious time. I agree with ronws that many singers end up with voice issues due to poor technique and trying to compete with amplified instruments. So ensuring you can hear yourself is paramount, good on you for getting IEMs.   If it were due to reflux then you would probably have the issue all the time, rather than suddenly occurring in just a gigging situation. Say this silent reflux isn't easy to detect symptom-wise, there is a good article from iSing Mag explaining that, from nutritionist Stephanie Moore http://www.isingmag.com/2014/11/16/nutrition-zapping-mucus-the-natural-way/. Things you can expeirmet with to either eliminate or ID the problem include: 1) Warming up ( play around with the type of exercises - Semi Occluded Vocal Tract exercise are the best to get started especially the straw https://youtu.be/asDg7T-WT-0) and also the amount of time you spend on warm ups 5, 10, 15, 20 min etc) You should be warming up before rehearsal as well as performance 2) Cooling down - can be similar exercises to warming up. The aim is to get your vocal folds and extrinsic laryngeal muscles (e.g. the ones that help with swallowing) back into a neutral, relaxed place after pushing too hard. This way they don't stay in a contracted state, which after time can lead to Muscle Tension Dyspoinia http://www.ohniww.org/vocal-strain-muscle-tension-dysphonia/ 3) Laryngeal muscle massage between, before and after gigs https://youtu.be/d2r8aWE-le0. If you are pushing your voice then you need to relax the muscles around the larynx again. Always good to go to bed with these muscles in a relaxed state. Tension begets tension. 4) Play around with your set list. Start with songs that are less taxing on the voice and give it time to 'warm up' 'stretch' before hitting the hard core stuff. Also make sure you are doing any more than 3 songs in a row that require extreme singing - mix them up a bit. Increase instrumental time, get someone else to talk between songs, break more often if possible - anything that reduces your vocal work load. This also means outside of performance e.g. a job that requires lots of talking or talking in load environments.  5) Add some fry/cry into your voice especially on the higher notes. This action helps the vocal folds to close before you start adding pitch and sustain. 6) Find a reputable vocal coach who can guide you  There are many options to help you figure out where the issue lies and to overcome it. Don't lose hope, with time, patience and analysis you will figure it out. But do get help. Cheers, Line Vocal Coach, Performing Arts Medicine Specialist and founder of iSing Magazine.      
    • Here it is: my C#5. It's damn ugly, but it's there and connected with chest voice.  http://vocaroo.com/i/s1FR95lRdHjI
    • It is best to be well rested for singing but that differs for various people. Some, like me, can raise the roof first thing in the morning. Others do better halfway through the day. You don't have to take the day off just because you fell asleep on the bus, Unless you are looking for a reason not to practice. If the latter is the case, then you will find another reason to not practice. Next time, it will not be a cat nap on the bus, it will be what Hillary said, or Donald said. Or your shoelace loosened. Or  you had to clean the cat's litter box. Instead, find a time to practice and follow that. The only time I would suggest not practicing or singing anything is when you have a cold or flu, something that is affecting your breathing or clogging up your sinuses.
    • Would it be better for my voice to rest today? or to exercise today? I fell asleep on the bus, going home from school, and somebody woke me up. What do you do if you're tired? Do you practice, or do you take a day off?