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    Default I broke my voice......

    Need it back by Friday, when I host a blues jam.

    The <ahem> 'music director' for a band decided to pull out tunes not in the setlist order,
    and didn't think it was necessary to look up the key, called it badly wrong.
    I have a range thats a lot wider than most guys I know pushin' 60,
    but I ain't a chick or Ronnie James Dio.
    Felt something give when I tried to hit the high part.
    (Guys in that band are not good at changing keys on the fly)

    For the past couple days I've managed a laryngitic croak, but taking it easy.
    Today I sound a little like Ray Sawyer (Dr Hook) on a real bad day.

    Got any tips on getting it back in shape within 4 days,
    or do I have to hire a pinch-singer?

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    Man, that's awful. Sounds like you've got a real good voice worth protecting.

    Ya know, when we're gettin into our 60s, we're more vulnerable and healing can be slower. If it were me, Sonicbruise, I'd call the pinch-singer (and maybe get a consultation from a well-respected vocal coach...)

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    Doug

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    Sip lemon juice & honey. Gargle with salt water. And trust that when you hit the stage your voice will work. I used to get on stage and wonder how was I gonna get started; let alone do the whole night. Somehow, my voice always came thru.

    BTW: if the "music director" was "all that" he'da know what he was doing to you. Oughta have his tail booted for that.

    And eliminate THAT song for a while.


    Break a leg.
    Going, going, gone.....

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    Drinking warm stuff and trying to take it easy.
    Have a throat-coat spray that won't be coming out till the gig.
    Sadly, have to cancel the only practice prior to my show.
    Fortunately, the guys in that band aren't wanna-bees
    We'll make it work.
    (and I won't have to sing Howlin' Wolf all night)

    May have to explain to the band guys with the legend-in-his-own-mind MD
    that I can't chance singing in their band anymore.
    Don't think the dangerously inept thing the MD did (to me) has sunk in at all.
    Haven't even got a call or email asking how things are going.
    Safer playing Mumbley Peg with an air nailer..................

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    So medically what happens to one's voice when it does this? Anyone got an explanation?

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    the 2 bands in your trachea that vibrate when you exhale
    (that's how you talk/sing, kinda like a speaker)
    become inhibited or even paralyzed.
    Causes raspyness, and other less desirable things.

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    When I had my rock trio back in the early '70s we played a lot of 4 hour bar gigs in places with bad PA systems. I blew my voice out every night, last set was a hoarse croak. Funny thing was that people would tell me that I was singing great...of course that was when Rod Stewart was all the rage with his whiskey voice and four note range. My voice always came back by the next night. Now my vocal chords seem to be so tough that I can always sing, even with laryngitis so bad that I can't talk...no kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Willy View Post
    When I had my rock trio back in the early '70s we played a lot of 4 hour bar gigs in places with bad PA systems. I blew my voice out every night, last set was a hoarse croak. Funny thing was that people would tell me that I was singing great...of course that was when Rod Stewart was all the rage with his whiskey voice and four note range. My voice always came back by the next night. Now my vocal chords seem to be so tough that I can always sing, even with laryngitis so bad that I can't talk...no kidding.
    That almost sounds like you've developed a callous of sorts although I'm sure not exactly like one does normally...but maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Willy View Post
    When I had my rock trio back in the early '70s we played a lot of 4 hour bar gigs in places with bad PA systems. I blew my voice out every night, last set was a hoarse croak. Funny thing was that people would tell me that I was singing great...of course that was when Rod Stewart was all the rage with his whiskey voice and four note range. My voice always came back by the next night. Now my vocal chords seem to be so tough that I can always sing, even with laryngitis so bad that I can't talk...no kidding.
    You guys are scarin me...I'm gettin a sore sympathy throat...

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    My wife likes the scatchy singer voice. She says it's sexy. Unfortunately I don't have one nor can I sing.

    I better keep her away from Blue Willy and the Bruise!

 

 

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