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Your voice… desired and deserved!

More and more professional artists end up with the vocal injuries.

Nearly every week, we hear that various concerts and tours have been canceled and the lead singers (either a soloist or band lead singer) just about to undergo a vocal cord surgery.

How sad is that? Sad indeed!

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Why does it happen and why it happens to so many artists? Is it because they are overworked and over-stressed? I think that definitely the above are the factors.  However, if their technical merit of their singing had been intact, less tragedies and cancellations of their performances would take place.

 

So, human being puzzle (in a manner of speaking), like any puzzle, has many components and pieces, which have to fall into the right places. Those singers’ lifestyles, naturally, are very active and filled with a lot of appearances, interviews and performances.

Due to the above, their immune systems become weakened; and thus, as well, they could much easier pick up any viruses or any sicknesses for that matter. In their busy lives, their voices are in the most used mode; and thus, for them to get any vocal injury is literally not too difficult.

The other aspect of it is a lack of knowledge of how to power their voice with no pain or strain on their vocal anatomy. Also a lack of knowledge of how to work smart and not hard; and with the minimum effort achieve the maximum result.

The latter will assure “The Biggest Winner” rather then “The Biggest Loser”; however, if they manage to “lose” their vocal injuries, or better yet, not to acquire them in the first place, they will become “ the biggest loser” (in the better understanding of that word).

I could compare it with a TV show, In fact, named “The Biggest Loser”. That show is about the struggle of very obese people who forever have been struggling with their excess weight. They obviously have been unable to lose that much weight on their own, and they also realized (some of them just in time) that they need professional help not only to lose their weight, but also to save their lives. Was that easy for them? Not at all! But majority of them claimed their lives back; and some of them just simply saved their lives.

They have desired to live the normal life and they have realized that they have deserved it!

Yes, they became “The Biggest Losers”; but in reality, They Are The Champions!

The band “Queen” performed an all time well-known song called “We Are The Champions”. This song is indeed very inspirational and it is applicable to all of us!

So if you, my reader, also have any vocal issues, (speaking or singing), become inspired to learn how to avoid vocal injuries. However, if they have already occurred, learn how to fix all of your vocal imperfections and acquire a whole new application of voice, using all together new parts of your anatomy to save, protect and prosper your voice to the foreseeable future!

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Evidently not…

It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

Let’s
analyze what has been happening in the last few years and, nevertheless,
recently:
Majority of our very talented artists had experienced vocal problems in one-way or
another. A lot of them had undergone vocal operations:
  • Adele
  • John Mayer
  • Joan Rivers
  • Megan Trainor
  • Sam Smith
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Steven Tyler
  • Keith Urban
  • Michael Buble

And that’s to name a few…

All of the above listed people are talented artists, but obviously, majority of
them had been lacking the proper vocal technique; and thus, they ended up
having vocal issues (and some of them more serious then others).
Could they have avoided the interruption of their professional lives, careers, joy
and monetary loss?
No doubts they could – They just could have been more attentive to the technical
aspects of their craft and not just rely on their talents and love for music.
Could you imagine a figure skater trying to jump a triple or quad not knowing what it consists of and, moreover, not having proper muscle training assuring that the physical body could withhold the weight of the landing of such jump? Also, if you think of ballet dancers who work at the bar at least 4 to 8 hours a day, would you imagine them doing ‘pirouettes’ and ‘pas se deuxs’ wearing point-shoes and having no prerequisite with regards to what they are doing?

In this case the serious injuries would, no doubts, occur.

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They, nevertheless, have to be able to keep their whole body weight on those toes of theirs. That means that their balance has to be unshakable, their point-shoes techniques have to be immaculate and their ballet elements (separately and in correlation), have to be ‘on point’. (no pun intended)
So where do the singers come with the idea that the technical aspect of using their
voices properly and efficiently does not necessarily need to be embraced?

Lately, it has been all about the show and showmanship.

For example: there has been about $40,000,000 dollar stage, built for Bono’s performance.
That said, basically, everything had been in place to cover up the inadequacy of a true vocal performance.
How Sad is that? Very
Sad, indeed!
If our truly talented artists possessed a proper vocal technique, which would protect and save their voice for life, we would not be hearing (unfortunately, quite often) on the news about the next upcoming vocal surgery of the next pop-star.
Go figure!

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We all know that whichever health problems we have, the best way to conquer them is, first of all, to prevent it. However, if it already happened, the second best way to deal with it is non-surgically, if possible.

The third apparent way is to embark on a surgical procedure. However, the latter is much more dangerous than the other two options.

Look at the case of Julie Andrews; after undergoing a botched vocal surgery in 1997, she lost her ability to sing forever and never regained her real singing voice ever since.

Joan Rivers, not too long ago, went to a prestigious New York hospital to the outpatient ward to remove a simple polyp and, as a result, she never came out of the operation room.

And lastly, there is Sam Smith, who luckily came out of the O.R, but with no ability to speak for quite a few weeks. The rest remains to be seen. 

I wish him all the best and a full recovery of his vocal injury. However, with the best scenario, what is going to change after the vocal surgery? Hopefully, the vocal cords will be repaired and the bleeding will stop, but for how long though?

In other words, the “instrument” is going to be fixed, but what about the “player”? Let’s suppose that the most famous pianist, Liberace, would try to extract the sound from his pink Grand Piano, hammering at it. What would happen to that famous Grand Piano he was transporting, along with him, everywhere he was touring? Let’s presume that it happened and the famous pianist found a famous piano repair specialist. Liberace paid him enough money to fix his favorite Grand Piano.

Now what?

Poor Liberace is still continually hammering the aforementioned Grand Piano.

So take a wild guess… What happens next? It is very easy to guess: His famous pink Grand Piano will be ruined one more time again.

If you are still wondering why, this is the answer…

Because NOTHING had changed! The instrument was fixed, but the player is still hammering… So, if any singer who has undergone a vocal surgery will still continue singing in the same manner (as he did before), no doubts, the problem will reoccur and might get even worse the second time around.

Look at John Mayer. He removed one polyp, than regained two. Then removed two and regained more.

And lastly, look at Adele’s case. After bleeding polyp surgery and five month of silence after the fact, she luckily regained most of her voice.

But when (right before embarking on the performance at the Grammy Awards in 2012) she was asked by the interviewer, who happened to be CNN’s newscaster Anderson Cooper, “Do you think that it could happen to you ever again? “ Without any hesitation, Adele replied, ABSOLUTELY!

Naturally, the interviewer asked, “why”?

Adele replied, with absolute certainty  “If I decide to go on a 200-date world tour, it would happen again.”

That said, being smart and aware that nothing had changed with respect of her vocal technique whatsoever, she then totally knew that the initial voice problem would occur over and over again.

We all know that she never went on any tour after her vocal surgery.

As a matter of fact, I know that she wanted to take a five-year break right after that occurrence. The whole ordeal scared her out of her wits, understandably so.

Since she had the understanding that her vocal application and technique of doing it before the vocal injury has not been altered in any shape or form, she clearly was aware that the new vocal injury most likely will still occur, and possibly multiple times.

The moral of it is: there is no change, without change.

If the vocal application and vocal technique are not modified in such a way that the vocal cords and the whole vocal anatomy becomes released from the pressure of the sound, the vocal injury will, no doubt, take place.

If you are interested to find out more details on Non-Surgical voice repair and post operative care, please give Diana Yampolsky a call for a free consultation on any of the voice issues or vocal problems you, or your loved one(s) might have.

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