I realized a long time ago that my throat was consistently sore, all the time!
This was extremely frustrating for me as all through high school I would sing for hours on end in vocal jazz and musicals.
And all through that time, I rarely ever had a hard time with my voice.
So why now would I start getting sore throats that made singing even 1 song (without a sore throat) a difficult task?
I realized that it had to do with singing in the car, and ended up getting my voice back to a point where I could sing entire concert sets.
Here's why it happened in the first place...
The first thing you need to remember is that your vocal cords are somewhat similar to your ear drums in that they don't really react well to just "sudden usage".
For example, if you just hear a massive 120+ db "BANG!" in your ears, you can expect a bit of ringing and it's possible it might even hurt or damage your ear drums.
But if that "Bang" started with a low rumble, and slowly increased the volume up to the 120+ db that you originally heard, you would find that your eardrums would compensate for this (They contract to lessen the impact on them).
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If you give them time and warning that they are about to be used, you can prevent them from being damaged.
In the same way, just belting out a really high note, without giving your voice any time to react can cause some definite problems for you.
Just as the "BANG!" can hurt your eardrums, just shouting or singing really high, out of nowhere, can cause a lot more stress on your vocal cords than was intended for them.
But if you take the time to warm up (using offline or online singing lessons), you will find that the same "high-note", that originally was difficult to sing, is now easily reached.
So now if you imagine that you are consistently singing in the car, and you are finding these high notes very difficult to reach; you might start to think that there is something wrong with your voice, or that you aren't as good a singer as you used to be.
This isn't true! And it can surely lower your confidence!
One thing I realized was, the reason I never had my voice get sore from Vocal Jazz was…
…the music director always had us warm up!
It turns out all those silly "Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do" exercises actually did have a purpose! (I'll be sure to make some Online Singing Lessons that will take you through these warm-ups so you can use them in the future!)
I just wasn't educated on what that purpose was, which seems ironic considering I was supposed to be receiving education on this stuff...
Don't blow off the warm up! It can make the difference between a shaky/sore throat, and a well-adjusted and controlled voice.
A problem with singing, specifically in the car, is that when you are sitting down, there is pressure on your diaphragm that causes you to not be able to breathe properly.
When singing, you are supposed to breath into your stomach (Or at least it feels that way), because the bottom portion of your lungs is often not filled with air...
...that is a lot of extra air that you are missing out on!
Imagine if you could simply sing a note forever, without breathing. It certainly would be a lot easier for you, wouldn't it?
Well if you breath down into your stomach, you can bet that you'll be able to sing that note probably twice as long as if you didn't.
See what Cracked.com has to say about it (Scroll down to the "Breathing" Headline).
The point is, when you are sitting, it is much harder to access that lower portion of your lungs, thus causing you to put more pressure on your vocal cords to sing (Instead of putting more pressure on your stomach, like you are supposed to).
This leads to a lot more wear-and-tear on your vocal cords, making you think that you don't have as good of a voice as you thought (It's not true!)
Oh, did I fail to mention this obvious point?
The musicians you are listening to on your car stereo recorded those vocal tracks over and over and over and over and over again.
Chances are that the album was recorded in some big studio, and they meticulously re-recorded vocals until they had a perfect take.
And after that, they applied compression, EQ's; Pitch-Correction, and all other sorts of post-production madness.
Yet here you are, sitting there in your car, beating yourself up because you can't sing it as good (live) as them (in the studio).
Now that I put it in perspective for you, it seems kind of silly for you to think that way doesn't it?
And you aren't even counting the part where you are not that specific singer. You don't have the same voice as them. Your range is different, and your tone is going to be completely in a different direction.
Your voice is not worse, it's different. And so is mine.
"But noooo", you say; "I should be able to sing it exactly the same as that singer!".
Well you can't, and that doesn't make you a bad singer, it just means you aren't superhuman.
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.