Archive for July, 2015

What do you mean by the above, you may ask?

What I mean is that the person in question, immediately after recovering their speech (or their singing voice for that matter), goes on the binge marathon. It’s like a person who has been on a diet for sometime, after loosing the desirable weight, goes right back to their bad eating habits and binges on everything they were deprived of. No doubts that their lost weight will come back really fast and often double their original weight.
But that’s haw the human body works. Similarly, it happens with voice repairclients. They acquire virtually a “verbal diarrhea” And in spite of all my warnings and pleadings, they cannot stop talking until they again become raspy and hoarse! Now they are, so to speak, in their “comfort zone” but upset and frustrated that they have lost their ability to communicate with no pain or strain on their vocal anatomy, like they did during the instruction.
Whose fault is that? Obviously their own.
They obviously have not followed the recovery protocol, which was thoroughly and strongly advised to them. Who could they blame now? Obviously themselves.
However, all of us are human and it is understandable that when we become deprived of something, we want to regain it back real fast and that’s where the problem begins. We do not have patience, at least the majority of us.
And those who do, we applaud!
Nobody would imagine the athlete with an injured leg, (with only a few treatments behind his belt) suddenly start running a marathon! To regain the normal function of any organ, especially the limbs, spine and yes, voice, requires time and a strict regimen. In the case of the voice repair, the person requires to speak much less then before (at least for some time).
They have to continuously consume the natural herbs and remedies that were suggested to them. The absolute minimum amount of hours to start the rehab to concur the voice issue would be 30 consecutive hours of unique instruction and natural treatment. For some people that is enough, and they can carry on from there on their own. For others, it requires 2 or even 3 times of repetition of the same and then maintenance – In other words, “tightening the screws” should prevail.
It also depends on the severity of the vocal disorder However, the strong and determined people require less repletion and less maintenance. The more healthy and fit people usually have much less struggle with the instruction, treatment and aftermath. Those (with psychological problems and poor diet) require more attention on both parts – instruction and treatment.
And, as a rule, they have many more problems during and after the process.  Very often, the voice repair clients suffer from many physical and emotional problems, which also contribute to their voice loss and their voice dysfunction. So the voice problem could be a very complicated and deep matter, as the voice loss might be just a symptom of something much more serious going on with the person.
Therefore, the voice issue cannot be taken lightly and should be addressed immediately, as it could be an indication of something serious yet to come, for example, a stroke or heart attack.

I want my readers to understand the seriousness of any voice disorder and address it, if not medically, then alternatively, as soon as possible.


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I have more and more inquiries from people who used to sing for the longest time in the past; and suddenly, (or at least so they thought), lost their singing range and some of them even lost their

singing voice altogether

Now they are older and in their 40s (and counting), and they still cannot get a grip with the notion that their love and joy of singing might never be present again.

20 or 30 years later after the occurrence, they are still upset and even depressed about it.  Of course, they have been through numerous doctors and speech therapists appointments; but in the majority of cases, it did not add up to any expected results.

Needless to say, since they had lost their love and joy being able to sing, their lives were never the same. Their passion and desire for expressing themselves, (telling their stories through singing), had been deeply buried.

  1. What would it take to recover one’s singing voice? Is it even possible?
  2. If it were possible, how would it impact the long-term sufferer’s life?

I, fortunately, could give the answers to all of the above:

To answer the first question, luckily, in majority of cases,

it is absolutely possible

How does it happen that the singing voice, “all of a sudden, disappears”, (so to speak), you may ask?

Some people are born with natural singing talent and once they discover it, they obviously begin to use it, and rightfully so. However, enjoying their newly found voice, they use it excessively and thus, not being aware of the proper

voice application and vocal technique.

they end up abusing it to the “point of no return”, at least in the conventional sense.

For some reason, neither them nor their mentors realize that the singers’

vocal cords are not made from steel.

In fact, they are very fragile and have to be treated with special care. Like any instrument, it requires a frequent tune-up and, of course, proper maintenance.

Usually, the young and talented artists who get discovered via their talents and looks have no idea how to power their voice without any pain or strain on their vocal anatomy. So they pull and push their voices full force. And one day, sooner or later, the voice “pops”, as one of my voice repair clients described it.

The musicians often use the expression, “No gig lasts forever”.

Indeed! Nobody should take his or her voice, (or other anatomy for that mater), for granted. If you are entering any high tasking field, (singing performance included), please research, (and act accordingly), how not to kill your voice, but rather the opposite; how to preserve and nurture your internal, fragile instrument – Your Voice!

As to recover it and restore it to its original state would take a great effort on the part of the singer and a very experienced voice specialist.

To answer the second question, the

voice recovery and restoration

is a huge deal and when it is complete, some people begin to rethink the purpose of their lives.  It is a little difficult to turn the clock back and now leave their present lives and come back to something what was very precious in the past.

As we all know, there is no change without change, even if it is positive. However, in any case, the benefits of a newly found voice are countless:

The confidence, the self-esteem and self-worth, the dignity and integrity, the pride of accomplishment… and just simply recovered joy and passion.

What price tag could you put on that?!

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Attention all Speakers and Singers!

If you have noticed that your speaking or singing voice is not performing as per usual and rather sounds lower and somewhat hoarse, PLEASE STOP!!!

If you continue speaking in your usual manor and disregard the fact that your voice is feeling scratchy and your throat is feeling itchy, you might lose your voice completely and for some time ahead.

Singers: please do not continue singing if you have noticed that it is much harder now to reach your high notes, which normally would not be a problem and if you have to push and pull your voice out of your inflamed, sore throat.

At that time, you may also notice that your voice has deepened and has begun to sound scratchy and hoarse. If you don’t stop in time and look into your voice and vocal anatomy problem, that could be very much the end of your singing career.

Coaching and repairing voices for over 40 years, I had a lot of cases where the performer did not stop on time to address the vocal problem he had and, as a result, got his vocal cord paralyzed, or just damaged beyond repair.

One case comes to mind where I received a client from Atlanta Georgia who happened to be a Pastor, who was appointed to travel the world to preach and sing prayers. He got laryngitis, (my guess would be that it came from the wrong way of singing and some stress associated with it).

So instead of stopping and looking into the problem, either medically or alternatively, he continued his engagements until he could not do it at all.

And then there was the moment of truth.

As a result of not taking proper care of the laryngitis and not using the rightvocal technique (speaking and singing), his right vocal cord got paralyzed. Vocal paralysis is very hard to reverse and not always possible. However, I have had a very good success with it, especially if only one vocal cord was affected.

Although, the complete cure of the vocal paralysis may not occur, using the actual Vocal Science™ technique, coupled with the (designed by me), special speech and singing exercises, will make the person much more articulate and clear, so the individual’s speaking voice will begin sounding almost as per normal.

With respect of the singing voice, it’s not that easy and with the damage like this, it is definitely not always possible to restore it.

As much as I could try to go around the effected vocal cord (via my method), if it doesn’t start moving at least remotely, the effort could easily become obsolete.

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  • Producers: Have an easier role with the well-trained artist who will not lose their voice during the production.

  • Managers: Save time, money and aggravation by your artists not cancelling their performances, tours and other appearances.

Let’s look at the recent related events:

Singer, Mariah Carey, who has recently been on tour in Japan, was embarrassing herself while literally losing her voice on stage singing off key and not reaching any of the high notes. Obviously, she needs some sort of voice repair before it will become irreparable.

Also, people who loved and cherished her before are now deeply disappointed and even some of them are quite annoyed, as she definitely has not lived up to their expectations.

So this is the question.

Why, neither her or more so, her manager, do nothing about it? Are they waiting for the time where a vocal operation will be inevitable? Why bring it to that drastic point? Who knows? I do not have an answer.

Let’s look at the situation of Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. He was recently diagnosed with an operable cyst on his vocal box.

I, personally being a voice specialist, knew for quite some time that there is something wrong with his voice, let alone his singing overall, which is definitely not up-to-par, (at least from where I sit). I knew that sooner rather than later, that he will not be able to push his voice around much longer.

As all musicians know, “no gig lasts forever”. Obviously, the refund for the purchased concert tickets has been already offered.

My question is still the same…

WHY have him and his manager had to bring it to this extent? Obviously, in this instance, everybody took a loss: The singer, the manager (management), concert promoters and the audience.

However, from the point of view of the audience, rather then to listen to the not-very-adequate singing, (to put it mildly), the audience should look forward to the new and recovered voice of Chad Kroeger, and hopefully attend some of his concerts in the not-very-distant future.

And lastly, Roger Daltrey: The lead singer of The Who.

He was ordered a vocal rest for his vocal cords, and thus rescheduled his Toronto tour and pushed it to December (to the great disappointment of my son-in-law, who happened to be a huge fan of the artist and the band).

The only problem I have with the doctors order to go on a vocal rest, in my opinion, will only help momentarily, but will never solve the actual vocal problem caused by wear and tear of the vocal cords and by not-quite-proper application of the voice which, in turn, drowned that voice in a much lower position which naturally prompts the artists to pull and push their voice out on the surface, while concurrently promoting the strain of the vocal cords.

So the problem has to be rectified by going to the source, addressing the cause and then by taking the appropriate measures to recover and heal that voice so it could last for, lets say, the next 50 years.

So the moral of it all is:

  • Artists: when you notice the change in your voice in the quality and range, don’t continue singing and performing, pretending that nothing has changed. It will only bring you to a deeper vocal trouble, which will be that much harder to repair and restore back to normal.
  •  Producers: When you notice that your artist is not performing as per standards, please stop the role and address it to the artist. Please make him aware that he has to look into his voice and make sure that it is healthy enough to continue the recording production.
  • Managers: If you want to have your artist perform and tour and not cancel his engagements, please start managing the artist’s very instrument (the voice), and if you spot a problem, please address it right away, as in the long run, the artist and you will lose more in the future then you would gain momentarily.

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