JakeMcM Posted April 6, 2011 Share Posted April 6, 2011 Well let me start by saying that I've had a heck of a month or so. For starters a little over a month ago I got sick and went very hoarse. i had a dry, unproductive cough for several days. I got better and returned to singing. Practices were a bit rough and there was one practice where by the very end i couldn't pull off anything that required some high reinforced falsetto notes out of me. An example would be the end of Ratt "Wanted Man". I'd try and no sound, but cracking, or air would come out. I stopped, rested and returned to practice the following week. this time i could hit the end notes a lot more easily and even went back and did them several times. About a week later I had to get two wisdom teeth removed on the right side of my mouth. The lower tooth was impacted and it was a long, painful and traumatic removal. My jaw was open very long, and very wide! Its been about 3 weeks and my jaw still feels slightly stiff and resists being unhinged slightly. In addition, a nerve was damaged and caused my lips, chin, and gums to remain numb for the weeks following the surgery. this condition has improved but still some numbness and irritation around the chin area. If that wasn't enough i developed a dry socket infection and my jaw and cheek swelled up very badly and painfully. As of right now the swelling has disappeared but it was pretty slow going. So where i stand right now is that my voice in the chest register and even some of my head tones sound as normal. Maybe not 100% but im guessing its because i haven't sang in awhile and there is still some stiffness in my face and jaw. However my reinforced falsetto is basically gone. With a lot of concentration I can produce some week pharyngeal tones but if I really go for it on something like GnR Nighttrain (the end or the "never to return" part before solo) I crack or get nothing. I have only been sing about a year and a half but i've been doing my best to avoid strain and have been working through Breaking the Chains for some time. However i admit i probably over due it and my voice has sounded tired or choked at times. But i usually stop and experience no other symptoms the next day etc. Can any of you guys give me some idea as to what is going on? Why is only one element of my voice seemingly affected by all my recent trauma? I have an important show a week from this Saturday. What can I do to aid recovery? How can i safely test this area of my voice without just causing further injury? Any direction will be much appreciated. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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