Joined: 14 Jan 2013
|Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:51 am Post subject: Vocal Issues
Didn't feel like posting this anywhere else, so hoping someone here has experience with this - if not I can look around.
Lately I've been having vocal issues. It's funny because I took a few days off of it to do cool downs, and then today I worked the voice back to a point where I could do decent highs'n'lows and a fair amount of vibrato (mind, all pretty loud - my quieter vibrato is admittedly neglected and still very weak right now from whatever's ailing me), and then found that I still had the same problem I did earlier last week with harsh/rasping vocals.
Whenever I try to do harsh growls/rasps/screams, I'm getting a lot of scratching in the throat and coughing. I'm sure this is common, but in the past for me it's been almost the opposite - if my voice was too relaxed, it would sound kind of Tom Waits/Beefheart-ish. Now that general range is pretty impractical.
I want to know if anybody else who sings here has experienced this, and what should be done. If I stop singing and do more cool downs, will it fix the problem? If not, should I do something else to fix it?
Also, I have a few theories as to what might have caused it, and I'm wondering what's most likely:
A. I had a couple gigs the week (or maybe slightly more than a week, not totally certain) before I noticed the problem, and these both involved some primal screaming (all mic-less, but it's acoustic mostly so I wasn't competing with a stack or anything) that I suspect could have messed it up.
B. I have a bunch of mold here. Just regular mold. It's pretty bad, and I wonder if it could be releasing spores into the air that have infected my sinuses and throat or something. Can thrush be caused by mold, or is it a fundamentally different fungus with no relation that causes it?
C. Some other kind of infection - like bacteria, eye stuff, virus, whathaveyou.
D. Some mixture of the above.
Hope to hear ya thoughts. Cheers and whatsnot!