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  1. over compulsive

    Over compulsive about vocal health

    Hi, This mental issue that I'm having is taking up all of my free thoughts and it's noticeably affecting my mood and well being. I can't convince myself that there is nothing wrong with my voice even though I am probably fine. I've been practicing singing for the past 2 years occasionally for typically 20 to 40 minutes at a time, sometimes longer like up to an hour. I wasn't well informed about the dangers of singing untrained, and my technique was frankly quite bad. I would amplify my voice really loud and try to hit high notes with my chest voice. I realized this is dangerous and I got a vocal teacher to help me because I was worried. When I went to the first lesson he said my voice was fine. My speaking voice sounds fine, too. Writing this out it sounds super illogical and I should just realize that I'm fine, but looking back I feel like I should have damaged my voice with the technique I used. Now, every little thing that happens to my voice, like a crack or discomfort in my throat I think it's because of some sort of damage, and I can't help but feel over compulsive about it. Please help put my mind at ease, I can't live like this. Thank you!
  2. I have a consistent issue that I definitely need to figure out how to fix... My voice isn't that loud to begin with, but the tone of my voice seems to be in a place where it just disappears into ambient noise. It doesn't carry over it like most other people's voices do. When I am in a loud environment (even just a place like a bar or restaurant with a lot of ambient noise), my voice does not carry at all and I find myself trying to speak louder to compensate. Which, obviously, is not healthy. The bigger problem comes in when I'm trying to SING. Without monitors it's just bad. Even WITH monitors, if the vocals aren't turned up pretty loudly in it, I don't sing as well. I unconsciously try to sing louder (because I can't hear myself well enough) which results in a not-ideal vocal sound, my range disappears, and I end up being a bit pitchy as well. In the moment, I don't particularly feel like I'm tense or straining in any way, although I am very much aware that I can't hit half the notes I usually can and I am aware that I don't sound quite normal. When I listen back, it clearly sounds like I'm trying to be louder, not quite like I'm yelling but in that direction. What is the core issue here, and how might I go about fixing it? I need to be able to hear myself better, and of course having a better monitor setup will help. But I really need to be able to hear my voice over simple ambient noise so that even in a less-than-ideal monitor setup, I can still sing well. And I have no idea what the true problem is that's causing all of this. Help!
  3. Hi everyone this is my first post here and I'm just wondering if someone might have some input for me. About a month ago, just after Easter, I went down with a horrible throat infection for almost two weeks, during which I was coughing so hard I thought my throat was going to bleed! ( It didn't). At one point I was tested for Whooping Cough but this came back negative. Mostly as a result of this relentless coughing, I completely lost my voice for a few days. Two weeks after I felt I had recovered, my speaking voice has now returned but still sometimes sounds quite tired and hoarse. More importantly, I can't sing. All of my top notes are gone, and I don't feel I can rely on my voice. I may be jumping the gun a bit here, and maybe I just need to give it more time. and I have kinda been here before in that after being sick, it has sometimes taken weeks for the inflammation to completely wind down, but it feels like things have plateaued a bit and I'm not really noticing much improvement from one day to the next. My question is - should I just be completely resting it at the moment, and laying off singing altogether? Or would it be helpful to do some gentle warming up/ exercises and has my voice just got out of shape while I was sick? At the lower end, my voice when singing does seem to be almost fully recovered. Obviously I don't want to do anything that will cause damage, but I also want to 'get back on the horse' so to speak before I start losing vocal fitness. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  4. Maggie12345

    What is wrong with my voice?

    Hi guys, my problem is that when I'm alone or with my closest friend, I can easily sing in tune, I mean, not hitting the highest notes, because I am not on this level of singing, but I can go through a song without singing out of tune. But last night I went to karaoke bar with my friends and when we were doing one song (Bruno Mars - uptown funk if you want to know)and I felt that I were not singing, but shouting. (Also it was the first time I held a microphone lol XD). I don't know what the reason is. I don't think it's beacuse I couldn't hear myself, because it happens even when I'm with just a bunch of friends and we sing something together and I can hear my voice. I also don't think the problem is being nervous, because I am not. I am used to people and I'm not shy then. Do you know where the problem can be?... /also, sorry for my english it's not official language in my country lol/
  5. Not literally gone, but I get voice difficulties like clockwork, made even worst since I recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago and am not used to the weather/dust/pollen/DUST/etc./but the dust, folks, is killing me. Do any of you have tried or true methods? I'm scouring the internet. I'm compiling a list. I will be a vocalist for a long time, so I might as well figure out my system. Any help would be awesome if you have the time. Also, I love what you do, and I already feel like this site is about to become my new internet obsession, and I'm excited about it.
  6. md.rozzi5

    Vocal fremitus and other issues

    I have had an ongoing problem for the past year. It started when I sang too harshly at rehearsal last October and lost my voice. It was slow coming back, during which I basically had no falsetto, and started seeing an ENT. I was diagnosed as having acid reflux and post-nasal drip. I also took allergy medication. The meds did nothing and I eventually stopped taking them. My voice was not getting better, I could no longer scream, which I used to be able to do extremely easily. I've also had headaches every day and a weak, fragile voice, even when talking. It feels crackly and when I try to sing higher in my chest voice, it feels tight and weak. During the summer another complication developed when I sing my falsetto, which I can describe as the sound Chewbacca makes, but coming from my vocal cords. Sometimes it's even a nasty wheeze, a lot of the time no sound comes out, just air. I have to push really hard for any sound to come out. Shortly after I developed this complication I started taking my acid reflux meds again. I've been seeing a different ENT for the past couple months now and he looked in my throat: I have no nodules or anything; in fact he said other than some acid reflux, which has been actually been getting BETTER, my throat looks fine. He said that weird Chewbacca sound is fremitus. He told me to not talk or anything for a week, and that should do it. I ended that week of vocal rest a few days ago and everything is still the same: that weird vibrating, the headaches, the shortness of breath, and my voice giving out when I try to sing higher notes. Even with low notes it often cracks. I've also been having difficulty speaking, I have to push really hard to speak. A few months ago I saw a vocal therapist; she ended our sessions early because it was obvious that my technique was fine and nothing was changing. I've been doing singing vocal exercises for a while, and I had instruction from a vocal coach for 2 months. My technique is good. I just have no idea what is wrong with me at this point, it's been just about a year. Any help is appreciated. Thanks. I will attach an mp3 of that weird Chewbacca sound I'm talking about with my falsetto. IMG_6189.mp3
  7. I am 15 years old i need to know if I am a bass with a high range or a tenor with a low range My melodic range spans F2 - Eb5 My non-melodic range spans Eb1 to D7 My tessitura is G3 - F#4 I begin to enter head resonance around Bb4 I recently recorded a Bb1 using chest voice. my voice becomes deeper when I go beyond A2 but it begins to sound thinner around A4 and beyond if anyone would be kind enough to reply that would be great thanks!
  8. For many many years (decades) I was a guitar player who never sang. Then I wanted to perform some of the songs I wrote, so started singing them. I got out and performed a fair amount, played a couple of festivals, had a weekly gig, played in lots of places, recorded a fair amount - and realized I wasn't really singing as well as I should. So I started to learn how to sing 'properly.' Took lessons in person, via skype and online courses. Got better projection (still not great but better), sang in tune more consistently, a lot more knowledge about getting better tone, breathing, and things were improving. However I could no longer sing more than about once a month. Every time I sing, I wind up not being able to sing well for a month. I'm not really pushing (I have at times because of bad PA, loud band, etc) and I'm trying to do the techniques I've learned and spent many many hours practicing. The more I warm up, the less time I can actually perform. I'm down to about an hour and a half now, when doing well. I've had my throat checked - it's fine, but did find out I have low level allergies and swollen nodes in my nose. But anti-histamines and nasal irrigation really don't help. I did make progress with a really expensive (to me) vocal coach from New York, but doing the exercises he gave me doesn't seem to help - I guess I'm just not doing them right without more coaching. Over the last couple of years I've probably spent upwards of $2000 to 'fix' my voice - but no joy that lasts for more than a day. And I'm out of money for any more lessons. I've been told a lot of things by people who have never had to deal with an issue like this - and none of it helps, most makes it worse. And even when I can sing well, I still don't have a 'commanding' voice like a lot of singers I've worked with, I don't have the projection or the tonality that people seem to want to hear. The most compliments I've gotten were when I was doing solo and was singing in a more breathy way - and I was able to sing a lot more back then. Now, it's just bland singing that is technically a bit better than when I sang (non breathy) before but not as interesting. I can't seem to get back there and I'm certainly not thriving trying to go forward. I formed a band a while ago and finally decided to have someone else sing my tunes - great singer, except he wouldn't or couldn't sing many of my songs, and the nature of the band changed because I was 'no longer in charge' and we wound up breaking up last week. I know this is a long ranting post, I'm sorry for the novel. I guess what I'd like is to hear from someone who's had a similar situation and what helped them. Neil PS - This video is one of my favourite at least in a tonality perspective, projection was good for me, but kind of flat performance though.
  9. So, I'll start by saying that my grandfather died of throat cancer (he never smoked) and my dad has had surgery for a hiatal hernia. GERD is a hereditary issue in my family. Through trail and error, I've eliminated foods in my diet (mainly bread, pasta, and other simple carbs) that give me acid reflux. So, I have really reduced the amount of times a week I get reflux, to about once a week, if at all. However, I want to know if there is anything I can do or any product I can use that will aid in healing my throat. I have had an upper endoscopy done which revealed that I have some inflammation. They said it wasn't enough to be a major issue, however, as a singer, it is an issue. Using proper technique, I can sing a full 40 min set without issues, but if I did longer or did that two days in a row, my voice would go out. I also find that my voice gets slightly hoarse after I talk for an extended period of time. When I spend time with friends I have to constantly drink water to soothe my throat. Does anyone know of anything that could help my throat heal? Thanks a lot!
  10. The term Muscle Tension Dysphonia is a general term which could be associated with an imbalance in the muscle’s coordination and breathing patterns required to create a voice. Muscle Tension Dysphonia (often called MTD) may occur on its own, or as a result of a strained voice being pulled into the neck muscles. The reason behind this disorder is not always clear. It may be triggered by allergies, illness, acid reflux or whichever other means... Symptoms - The most common symptoms for this disorder is a change in voice quality, often associated with discomfort of the vocal cords (or voice box) while speaking or singing. Also, almost always, symptoms like hoarseness and rapines will be associated with an increased effort to talk or sing, coupled with subsequent fatigue during continuous voice use. Treatment - There is an alternative form of voice therapy which is the gold standard for the treatment of Muscle Tension Dysphonia. There are no other known treatments (outside of the Vocal Science™ Method and Technique) that can restore the muscle balance in the vocal mechanism. With that said, this unique form of therapy will help alleviate the above vocal symptoms. Ms. Diana Yampolsky is one of the world's foremost specialists on the topic of the human voice and is the creator of Vocal Science(TM), a unique and truly revolutionary accelerated vocal development technique. It is a holistic and scientific approach to voice mechanics that enables all singers and speakers to reach their full potential in an extremely short period of time. Based in Ontario, Canada, Diana works with a worldwide spectrum of clientele as a Vocal Coach/Consultant, In-Studio Vocal Production Expert and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist.If you feel that you, or a loved one, may be suffering from such voice disorders like Spasmodic Dysphonia, contact us: info@vocalscience.com | 416-857-8741 View full articles
  11. Ms. Diana Yampolsky is one of the world's foremost specialists on the topic of the human voice and is the creator of Vocal Science(TM), a unique and truly revolutionary accelerated vocal development technique. It is a holistic and scientific approach to voice mechanics that enables all singers and speakers to reach their full potential in an extremely short period of time. Based in Ontario, Canada, Diana works with a worldwide spectrum of clientele as a Vocal Coach/Consultant, In-Studio Vocal Production Expert and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist.If you feel that you, or a loved one, may be suffering from such voice disorders like Spasmodic Dysphonia, contact us: info@vocalscience.com | 416-857-8741
  12. Stephanie Dwiggins

    Vocal heath for music therapists

    I'm a senior music therapy student at the University of Kansas. I was looking for advice, specifically on what sort of vocal precautions would be suggested for music therapists, or any professional voice user, when working in the field?
  13. So I've been singing for several years now and I've a pretty okay grip on how to use different techniques when I need to. I'm a male to give this some context and I wouldn't say I have a high voice. If anything, my voice is low, not deep but low. I know this because whenever I sing with others, I can always hear a huge difference between our voices. A few weeks ago, we recorder a song in school with over 16 voices in a room, I was on the furthest end from the recorder but yet my voice was still stood out because it was lower that everyone else's. Again, my voice isn't deep and on a good practise day, I can hit high notes for example the chorus of I Have Nothing and if I push hard enough, I can sing Let It Go up till the final belt. Yet, I find myself in an impossible position to sing songs from mostly male singers. It's not that the notes are too low, but because it's too high ( ? ) What I mean by this is take an Ed Sheeran song for example, I might start off pretty okay but immediately when the chorus hits, I can't seem to find the right key and when I do, I have to nearly screech to hit the notes. Another example is Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur, I sing the verses perfectly well, but when it enters the prechorus, I can feel my veins in my neck squeezing so hard just to hit the note. This might be a bad comparison because it is a pretty hard song to sing. Or even Luke Bryan or Andy Grammer, both these singers are one of my favourite male singers but it pains me because I can't even sing 1 of their songs. When I listen to their songs, they don't even particularly start singing high notes but for some weird reason I can't find the right key to it. I always end up singing lower than the original and strain my voice real hard to the point where it doesn't even sound good. I don't really know if there's some key that I'm not hearing or something but it baffles me that I can choose to sing Ariana Grande but can't sing Blake Shelton because it's too high. I would really love some insight into this problem as it makes me really hard to harmonize with in groups and I would really like to be able to sing with other guys instead. Another thing to add is that I don't have a bright voice, I might be able to sing Let It Go or Defying Gravity on key but those would never be my performing choices as I only use them as comparisons and range practise. My most comfortable and natural tone sits on a more depressing ( ? ) tone. What I mean by that is that I don't sound cheery or about to bust out singing Broadway. Perhaps this might be a reason to why I can't seem to sing some of the " male " songs because I can't mimic the same tone that some of them tend to have.
  14. hannahgrace55

    Warm Ups for New Singers!

    I am working with a new voice student. She has been a piccolo and flute 8+ years. I am trying to find some effective warm-ups for her. She is able to match pitch and has more confidence singing in her lower range. She has been recently singing with a very pressed sound and is very tense when beginning warm-ups. Trying to find warm-ups to help combat these things!
  15. Singing with rhinitis

    Singing with Rhinitis part 3

    Hi again, I tried support in these recordings but either I don't know how to do it properly because my throat still hurts. Like a grater was used on it. I'm currently using lozenges to soothe. Of late my voice has been raspy, I don't know why because my voice isn't usually like this. The ENT I went to said he sees nothing wrong with my vocal chords on the stoboscopy, he doesn't understand why I'm raspy now or sore throat. He says I'm probably going to have to do more tests. I'm still of the opinion that diaphragm breathing/ support only assists with sore neck & not throat. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for your help (Why is there no gospel tag? Is it cause it's not really a genre, cause you can get gospel rock, gospel rap etc. It's similar to animation where it's not a genre cause it could be a drama or comedy etc? if so where do hymns sit?) Mountains of mercy - Gaithers Vocal Band https://singing-with-a-deviated-septum.tumblr.com/post/167245087814 Hosanna https://singing-with-a-deviated-septum.tumblr.com/post/167245210829
  16. How do you correct a vocal fault (that could be potentially harmful) when the student can’t comprehend what you’re telling them to do to change how they are singing?
  17. Hi everyone! I recently just got diagnosed with Vocal Chord Edema, I've had alot of trouble hitting C4 and above in chest/mixed voice and had lost my head voice and falsetto for a solid 5 months after a cold. After being on medication for a while i've been able to explore the 4th octave more regularly with ease and wasn't sure if I am using healthy technique or placing my voice correctly. I am being assessed on this song in 3 weeks and I'm hoping to move my last assessment grade from a B+ to an A! I've only been learning this song for 3 days so some parts are not correct but I am doing my best as my throat gets swollen easily from the edema so I try to practice as much as possible without abusing my voice <3 https://vocaroo.com/i/s0r7K7hrWgxF (Love You I Do - Jennifer Hudson)
  18. I find it funny how I might be working on a piece with my teacher, and struggling with a part that only goes up to D4, and then I switch genres and I'm happily hitting G4 without difficulty. I almost want to classify things as 'rock high' vs. 'classical high' or 'Broadway high'. I had a piece of music that was killing me that centered around C#4 and D4 that kept going back into my throat, and I had to stop after a few minutes. But then I'm singing Karn Evil 9 by ELP, which is basically 100 G#4's and A4's in a row...and it's not a problem. Does anyone else find this to be the case? What is it about certain things that make them harder than others?
  19. This semi-old timer has always had a beautiful raspy tenor vocal quality! He must be singing safely yes? He's been doing it all these years! I've posted some nice samples of his work with The Gypsy Kings. For those who don't know who they are, a real cool "Rumba Flemenca" style band made up of two sets of three Brothers who are cousins. All very talented guitarists. Nicolas (lead singer) plays a right handed guitar upside-down and backwards. In some ways they are similar to Mumford & Son's in that, after a while the rhythm of all their guitar parts sound the same. This first video, he's just sitting around in some kitchen with family & friends (I presume) and starts singing to the camera. Somebody at the table picks up the harmony along the way. Couldn't be more raw. Love it. The other video's are a couple of my Gypsy King favs. Great example of distortion in a non-rock setting. I wonder who taught Nicolas that awesome distortion technique? Not to mention all those incredible runs! talented bastard!
  20. Came across this info and thought many would appreciate this ENT Doctor's perspective on vocal damage and vocal health. ENT Dr. talks about the stigma of vocal injury when she heard about Adele's concert cancelations. http://www.ohniww.org/adele-voice-injury-canceled-concerts/
  21. Skogsberries

    Rest or Sing?

    Hi dear singing community. My basic question is - what's going on? Should I rest my voice or not? I am on my first year of singing with the goal of performing. I have earlier seen a doctor telling me my vocal cords are fine, and a speech therapist who showed me the phonation pipe technique which worked wonders on my talking voice. Recently I visited her again and she showed me that actually now I have to lower my volume when talking, not to tire it too much. This applies to my singing too. I have also been taking singing lessons with CVT-teacher which has been great. I now have my first rock gig in around a months time and do feel pretty nervous. Not only because it's the first time but because I'm mostly worried my voice won't hold or that I won't get time to practice cuz of what's troubling me. I've been having some troubles for 3 weeks now with soreness in the throat which prevents me from feeling okay enough to sing. My voice is not hoarse in any way, but I have clear sensations of the soreness. I think it started with a very mild cold, during which I sang, but the feeling now remains of something swollen or tight in the area above and inside larynx. I don't sense pain in the vocal cords. When I sing there's no problem in terms of how it sounds - nobody would detect something was wrong. I just wonder to myself what to do. Keep waiting / not singing / speaking as little as possible /do exercises to get rid of tensions, hum, eat garlic... Mentally relaxin and preparing... What would you do in my situation? Best, Berries
  22. Ruth Alexis Jack

    Have I damaged my voice?

    Hey guys, I'm new to the site. I am really worried about my vocal health. I have just graduated uni after years of specialising in vocals and two months ago I began my first proper singing contract in a different country. Because of the change in climate I got ill and ended up with laryngitis. Unfortunately I still had to sing and do shows with laryngitis, however, I had to almost scream to get a sound out. My voice kept getting worse and the laryngitis developed into pharyngitis and guess what... I still had to sing every night. No voice rest for me It has now been two months and although I do proper warm ups before my shows, afterwards my voice is gone because of the amount of strain I am putting on it. I still have to shout to get the notes out and I cannot sing effortlessly like I used to. I'm getting so fed up of it. I live with other singers and I feel unworthy to join in with their songs because my voice sounds so bad compared to what it used to be like. The other singers in my company must think I'm talentless. I just want my voice back. I cannot do runs clearly; it sounds like I am sliding around the notes and my head voice is completely non existent. I know now I should see a voice therapist but finding an English speaking one may be difficult out here. Does anyone have any advice on remedies or exercises that will help me get my voice back? Almost importantly, do you think I have permanently damaged my voice?
  23. Hi to everyone! I've been reading this forum for a couple of years now and always found it very interesting and helpful in dealing with some of my own issues, so I thought I'd post this project that I've got going on. For a long time, I have suffered from vocal tension and inability to sing past D4 without pushing the "chest voice"/ overly-engaging the TA's basically. However, in the last year or so, I have experienced great relief after starting to do falsetto exercises suggested by Anthony Frisell in his manual "Training Baritone Voices". After reading many other sources later on, I have started questioning the usefulness of voice classification, purely from psychological point in the beginning (belief that one is a lower voice and its effect on the voice and singing), but now also physiological (neglecting upper range), especially in contemporary music (pop, rock, jazz, music theatre...). So now, I am writing a dissertation on the validity of voice classification in contemporary music and have already got some interesting answers. However, since there is barely any research done in relation to contemporary music, I would really be grateful if any of the members here, who give voice lessons, would participate. This is the link if anyone is interested: https://goo.gl/forms/uLMWByDMKYv4IWMk1 Thank you and feel free to spread the link if you find it useful! In general, I would also love to hear your opinions on this. Do you think tutors should classify their students and why?