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What can affect your voice?

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gnu 04 Jul 11 - 04:34 PM
DebC 04 Jul 11 - 05:31 PM
skipy 04 Jul 11 - 05:49 PM
paula t 04 Jul 11 - 06:24 PM
GUEST,NickE 04 Jul 11 - 06:27 PM
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DrugCrazed 05 Jul 11 - 01:18 AM
Rob Naylor 05 Jul 11 - 04:11 AM
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Wilfried Schaum 05 Jul 11 - 06:27 AM
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Subject: What can affect your voice?
From: gnu
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 04:34 PM

Great thread about milk (dairy products) under way.

Today, I had a followup to a sinusoscopy. Swelling of turbinates in yer noad can cause problems with your voice. It can lead to drainage into the throat causing irritation causing coughing causing strain on the cords. Repetitive strain can cause cancer (I had NO idea!) The swelling can be caused by high blood pressure and other factors. So, if yer fat and drink and smoke and sing a lot without exercising yer voice properly and ya have high blood pressure... well...

The swelling can add to the possibilty of sleep apnoea which can lead to memory loss which can lead to forgetting the words to songs which, in a way, affects your "voice". And, the swelling can cause yer ears to plug up with mild infection thereby making it difficult to hear yerself properly.

Seriously... high blood pressure can mess up yer voice? Yup. And, ya can't even snot milk thru yer nose when someone tells you a really good joke if yer turbinates swell up bad.

So... how's about this thread being about personal experiences (or otherwise) about things ya just didn't know about before they happened to you?


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: DebC
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 05:31 PM

I have always been aware of all the "don'ts" when it comes to singing. But the one thing I did discover that I didn't realise is that a good cardio workout at least 5 days a week helps me sing a lot better. It makes sense, really: you are bringing oxygen to every cell in your body with aerobic exercise and that includes the vocal folds. I am also finding that my diaphram breathing is better.

I also do lower back strengthening exrecises and that has also helped with diaphram breathing.

My husband has sever blood pressure issues due to a childhood illness that left him with pretty low kidney function. He lost 50 pounds through restricting his diet and stepping up the exercise. He no longer snores.

Still can't get him to sing, tho :-)

Deb Cowan


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: skipy
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 05:49 PM

Mine - FEAR!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: paula t
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 06:24 PM

Teaching, tiredness, stress, dairy products, eating before a performance. It's a wonder I get a note out sometimes!


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: GUEST,NickE
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 06:27 PM

I find a punch in my nuts raisies me at least an octave


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 08:53 PM

I spent almost a year being convinced that my voice (such as it is) vanished due to a persistant sinus infection. Most recently, a different ENT diagnosed it as acid reflux;which (o joy!) seems ro be responding to appropriate medication.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: bluesunsets
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 09:16 PM

Alcohol, soda, dairy products, speaking with a really nasal tone quality (used to do this- once I became aware of it and fixed it my tone improved markedly), singing loudly without proper breath support, smoking.... Pretty much all the things that we love to do while singing in pubs. :(


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 01:18 AM

I tend to find relistening to Dragonforce/Lordi/Other metal bands tends to do my voice in. I haven't listened to various Death Metal for a while and singing(ish) along does destroy your voice.

I just advise building up to the top F's you might sing every now and again.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 04:11 AM

DC: I can see where trying to sing along to "Through The Fire And Flames" might do yer voice in, but "Trail Of Broken Hearts" should be OK :-)


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 04:40 AM

Already I have a distinctive post style? YAY! Though I'm at a loss for you Guest...

Trail Of Broken Hearts has nothing on "Lost Souls In Endless Time" Rob, and everyone knows it.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 06:27 AM

Driving carelessly - six ribs broken, long time intubation.
the medico told me: You must imagine your lung like a liver-knoedel, and, after pulling out the tube: even the vocal chords know the parting trauma. I can't hold a longer tone, and can't sing more than an octave.
So dont drive into a ditch.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 07:21 AM

DC: I think we might be on the wrong planet, never mind the wrong thread, for this discussion :-)


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 12:42 PM

Wilfried... that's pretty extreme alright. I cringed again when you mentioned it above.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: GUEST,zeptepi
Date: 06 Jul 11 - 08:59 PM

cold drinks before the show always buggers my voice. took me a while to work it out, now i always take a flask of hot honey and lemon with me... my vocal range is way better as a result of this.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: Janie
Date: 06 Jul 11 - 09:04 PM

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Have had all the bad habits for voice for years. In the middle of my 59th year, it has finally caught up with me.

Haven't been able to sing without jarring and ugly voice breaks for several months and now speaking voice is also breaking. Have put off physician visits for a few years, but this finally has got me motivated and will see a doc next week.


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: Crowhugger
Date: 06 Jul 11 - 10:10 PM

Janie, once the medical aspect is assessed and dealt with there are both vocal coaches and speech therapists who specialize in rehabilitating damaged voices, for both singing and speaking. Usually it includes retraining the muscles that have got into bad habits which can actually create things like polyps. Sometimes obvious or not so obvious lifestyle issues need to be addressed. Good places to find names (besides Mudcat :-)) include a music conservatory or a university music program.

Here's all my best wishes that your voice problem hasn't got so out of hand that it's difficult or painful to fix!!


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Subject: RE: What can affect your voice?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Jul 11 - 12:02 AM

Sjogren's is affecting mine. Autoimmune condition that dries out the mucous membranes. Also blood pressure med tha gave me a terrible dry cough. I have been off that med for several months but still get coughing fits now and then.

That blood pressure thing is worrying.


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