Hello, Joshua here.
I'm 40 y.o., and about 3 months ago, I joined a classic rock band for the first time. I have only sung for decades in my car for 45 min at a time before this, and went in over my head joining a band (but I don't mind, it is my time!). The standard gig is 3 hours of singing with 3 20-minute breaks. I have only made about 2 hours of singing in practices yet, and I'm having issues. Fortunately, somehow my vocal cords don't seem to mind. I don't go hoarse, and can always hum and talk and sing softly low or high afterwards, or the next days afterwards. But for 1-3 days after a couple hour practice, my neck is sore in various places. Sometimes on each side of my 'voice box', sometimes elsewhere, and sometimes it feels 'thick' around my voice box for a few days. I hold the mic when I'm singing, and move/dance around a little bit, as the music makes me move, I can't help it! And I also wonder if moving my head/neck around while dancing/singing is bad too. I have only started daily scale practicing 2-3 weeks ago, and plan to vigorously continue growing my voice with the direction of the KTVA program. But I am concerned about my poor habits since I've never officially 'trained'. Although I must be lucky to have decent beginning strength in my vocal cords, as they don't seem to mind themselves. Those decades of singing U2 and Led Zeppelin and Mariah Carey (yes, I enjoy trying to falsetto Mariah!) must have helped strengthen my cords some, albeit in a 'street learning' fashion, and taught me some things I couldn't define before KTVA, like compression singing to hit those higher notes in U2 or Zeppelin without using lots of air. But instead of my cords being a big problem so far, it seems to be my neck muscles and voice-box-moving muscles that are the 'sore spot'. I think I am squeezing off my voice to get the 'gravel' sounds too much, not knowing how to keep my throat open and mimic the same sound. I think I am trying to sing all the little Van Halen (and other song) AHHs that go up in the stratosphere too accurately without knowing the best way how to physically make my throat do that which is hurting me. In general, singing high and clean is relatively easy (like Foreigner). Singing high and 'rough' IS rough (like AC/DC), even though the pitch may not be as high as the clean pitch. I'm not quite sure of many things really, but am learning very quickly at the moment.
What I think I need is some immediate help identifying the worst things I am doing currently, so that I lessen the major evils I'm committing while continuing to grow quickly. It is probable that my beginning is foolish, like running a marathon without training, and there is no way around my soreness/etc. without continuing to build up my neck and voice over time. But even with that, I'm sure there are more serious mistakes I could correct immediately that would make the rest of the race more easy to accomplish if I fixed them immediately. But I'm so new at the game, I need help identifying the worst things I can't see or don't know. I am to succeed and rock the house, of course...
Can some experienced persons please help direct me with these issues and ideas so that I can continue to improve while lessening the worst things I am doing at the moment?
What would be the best way to get help? Continue the phase 2 or 3 of the course (I feel like my problem is inherently past phase 1)?
Show some video of what I'm doing for critique?
Get an hour lesson (could that short of an expensive time possibly be very helpful for such a large problematic beginning)?
Please help, all insights are appreciated, and thank you!