I have been singing for most of my life, but I’ve always had strange random issues… like the constant need to clear my throat, or how choppy my voice will RANDOMLY sound. I’ve taken private voice lessons whenever my family could afford them, but I’ve never really had consecutive training over an extended period of time. My last voice teacher actually told me I had some sort of damage done to my vocal chords and that I should stop singing altogether until I finished vocal therapy with her. However, it was $75 a lesson for that, and I couldn’t afford it, so I didn’t continue. This was in January. Since then, I’ve kept singing (I perform around the Salt Lake Valley), but my voice feels so strained and I’ve having a horrible time trying to warm-up my voice, it’s like none of my old exercises can help me with my higher range…(another A and above) (i’m an alto). I have a massive concert I have to sing at on Saturday, and I’m terrified I’m not going to have a voice. What can I do? Oh, and I’m highly interested in your CD’s. Which would you recommend? You can check out my channel for my style of singing!
Thanks so much,
Your voice should never hurt or feel strained. The first thing I would do if I were you would be to go to a laryngoligist. They specialize in looking at the larynx and voice mechanism. You need to find out what is going on inside before you move ahead and cause permanant damage. Perhaps you have nodules which are blisters on your vocal chords. You don’t want to sing on them because they can calcify and really cause problems. I would start with the medical perspective. Let me know the outcome and I can try and help you from there.