I'll soon have video footage of my vocal cords, which I will be adding to the members section for the RYV readers. I shot a show for National Geographic this week called "Humanly Impossible". I shattered 5 glasses no sweat, but I had a REALLY big roadblock thanks to the film crew, haha...They fogged up the entire set right before I started performing. So I came in and the next thing I know I am coughing and clearing my throat and it felt like it was on fire....Word to the wise; STAY AWAY FROM FOG MACHINES!!! Especially if it's oil based. I had an allergic reaction, but still had to do my thing. Needless to say, glass breaking was easy but throat felt really sad, haha.
So, the next day they I went to an ENT and they scoped my throat with both the one the shove into the back of your throat, and the one that goes up you nostril, ouch...Try singing with something shoved up your nose and poking you in the throat; it ain't fun. I gagged sooo hard you'd thought I was gonna blow chunk; even, made one of the crew a little sick, haha.
Anyways, although I was able to get the gag reflex back in order and wipe the tears from my eyes, I was able to squeak out some high notes, glass shattering sounds and low growls as I cried my eyes out:)
Analysis- Some phlegm on my cords and few red capilaries, but she said that was probably from my allergic reaction and it all looked fine...Little bit a Acid Reflux. Hmmmm, I thought my heartburn been bugging me a bit; time for more organic ACV.
Anyways, I told her I believed that I used a reinforced falsetto for glass breaking; some call it pharyngeal. But when reviewing the video, the cords were very close together and didn't resemble falsetto at all, so if it is reinforced falsetto, it does bring the cords together. She claims it was full voice, but I definitely don't dig that nasty fog-horn sound for singing;)
But the most interesting thing was that II showed absolutely no sign of strain or restriction on the high notes. She said I was the first person out the hundreds she had scoped that hit high notes and she could get a nice full view of the cords because I didn't close off my throat; she attributed it to what she called "your amazing breath support and control" and went on to say that support was key to singing and speaking and downwards support was great.
She also noted that my grit was open and unforced, totally produced by the vocal cords, however the false folds did come into play a bit heavier on grit but it was not the sound source;)
To sum it all up, the techniques I teach to sing high or with grit, allow for production without straining;) So, for you RYV users on here, I expect you all to get to work...If I had one scope jammed back into my throat, and one up my nose and down my throat, just to record this so I can get footage soon to share with you guys, then the least you can do is practice hard and make me proud...especially since I am still gagging just thinking about it:)