New to the Course (Vocal Dsyphonia)
I just started Volume 1 about 3 weeks ago. I've had quite a year with my voice. I play at least two 3-4 hour gigs every weekend, and teach during the week. So that requires a lot of singing/talking. I went to a voice therapist for about 2-3 months earlier this year. They said that I had Muscle Tension Dysphonia. It's not that my actual throat hurts, it's more the muscles right under my tongue and surrounding my Adam's apple. They get tight and won't let go. It also happens after working out at the gym.
Therapy consisted of a ton of straw exercises, humming, etc. It doesn't seem like it really went away. I'm hoping this course will help. When I go through the second set of warmups (lighter and falsetto) I feel like I'm loosing too much air, or maybe by that point I'm just running out of steam.
At last night's gig I experimented with singing at a lower volume at least for the high notes. I do remember the doctor mentioning that I sing too loud and maybe too much air escapes. I believe that's what the straw exercises were for.
Anyways, not sure if this is really a question haha. I just thought I'd tell you my situation. I've been singing for a very long time and I'm starting to think it's my vowel modifications that need work. Really wordy folky songs (which is what I write) seem to fatigue my voice the most.
Thanks for your time. Hopefully with this course and the forum I can stop this tension altogether!