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Recovering from long singing hiatus...
Hi, I just joined KTVA after trying to recover my voice after about a 3-5 year period of little to no singing. I've been doing lip rolls and tongue trill exercises and my chords seem fine, but when I go to open any Ah or A sound, my throat muscles tighten up and gag me. It's better when I massage my neck and warm up for a long time, but I'm getting a little discouraged by the lack of progress over the past year. I've been scoped by an ENT and there are zero issues internally. I may be trying to push too hard too soon and getting frustrated by not being able to do what I used to do for 20 years. I also get hoarse after about 5 minutes of open throat singing. Do you have any advice or exercise recommendations maybe?