Vincarsi Posted May 8, 2013 Share Posted May 8, 2013 Hi, I`m new here, I wanted some input on ways to preserve my voice for long stints. I Busk for a living, but I have stupidly not been caring for my voice properly and now that I`m out longer (since the weather`s warmer) I`m paying for it. A few of the stupid things I`ve done and know I need to change; 1) I don`t warm up properly before I go out: in a thin walled apartment I`m always nervous about pissing of the neighbors/ landlords: Any suggestions on a warmup regimen that keeps noise levels down? 2) I sing too loud: I always feel like I'm competing with traffic and other street noises so I overcompensate and end up pretty much belting my entire set. How do you get over that mental freakout when you can't hear yourself for 5 seconds (such as when a truck drives behind you, or maybe on stage, if your monitor cuts out briefly) 3) I don't take breaks: This might seem a little odd, but my favorite spot to busk is often taken by a panhandler if I leave for a break. This guy is out there for like, 9-10 hours, every day, and I often end up starting much earlier to try and beat him to it (the best hours in this neighborhood are about 2:30-5:30pm, and I often end up starting at 1:30 and having to quit by 4) I've scouted out a couple of alternative spots, but this particular spot is definitely the best. I'm wondering if it's worth it to move up the street to avoid conflict, or if I should just assert myself more? Also, I hadn't really thought of this before reading some of the forum posts, but I'm realizing that 3 hours constant singing daily might be pushing it a bit too hard? thoughts? Thanks in advance for any input you guys might have I need to find a way to keep this sustainable cause this gig is too good to give up. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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