This past weekend, my voice continued to stay in the same pattern I’ve seen over the last couple months. Namely, it’s been mostly bad with a few hints of “decent” voice – mostly in the mornings. The one thing that’s really becoming frustrating for me is the muscle tension – it’s causing me to have headaches (stress headaches). They’re not BAD headaches, just annoying ones. Easily taken care of with some Tylenol. But I’m sure you’ve had the nagging headache that won’t go away, that’s what I’m dealing with especially in the evenings. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst pain, these headaches are only about a 2 or 3. Like I said, annoying.
The other thing I noticed, is that I am still able to sing normally but my singing voice is not lasting as long. For example, yesterday at church, I was able to sing normally but felt fatigued very quickly – even before finishing the first song…my voice was working well but it was causing the muscle strain & corresponding headache I mentioned above.
I also noticed one other interesting thing – I am able to yell normally…and immediately after yelling, my “regular voice” comes back for a little bit. It lasts about a minute or two. Now when I say yell, I’m not talking about simply raising my voice – that’s still kinda spotty…but really belting out a loud yell. It’s like the yelling “loosens up” my muscle tension somehow. I’m not normally one to yell so I don’t have a lot of testing/data on this but it’s something I’m going to explore a little deeper. It’s obviously not practical to “practice” this during the day, I’ll need to save it for when I’m driving or home by myself. But I want to see if I can consistently get this to work, and maybe I can begin to retrain my muscles with this techinique.