20 May 2005

Voice problems

A vocalist I know says that even a few days before a concert she tries to reduce the amount of talking she does. She stops practicing a few days before the concert too - all to give her voice complete rest and the stamina to sing on the day of the concert.

What happens if a vocalist loses their voice? I did some reading into this topic a couple of years ago when my wife went back to India for a holiday and developed a severe case of
Laryngitis. She saw a doctor in Chennai who told her she may have permanently damaged her voice and asked her to see a speech therapist. After several sessions with the speech therapist, there seemed to be no improvement. When we came back to Sydney and just relaxed and stayed calm, the voice returned to normal. Within a couple of months she was able to sing a three-hour concert.

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