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Ping or Vocal Injury?

paulwpaulw 3.0 Streaming Posts: 2
Could you listen to this recording? My lah scale sounds like there is rattling, almost a blown speaker sound. Vocal injury?


I was coming off some nasal drip the week before and maybe over practiced oversung on the weekend. Thoughts?


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    paulwpaulw 3.0 Streaming Posts: 2
    edited April 2023
    I've been reading more about glottal compression in the forums, and I wonder if I had been compressing air at the glottis /vocal folds instead at the base of the neck or lower, and my vocal folds have finally just too tired or hurt, and over did it. Or maybe injured?

    I can still sing, I'm just finding it hard, basically impossible, to close down the air like i had previously. Which makes me wonder if I had doing it wrong all along, compressing at the vocal folds/glottis, and instead at the base of the neck or abdomen.

    The past 2 days I've tried that same way of compressing air, but the right side of my neck gets a little warm/sore. So i stop.

    Haven't been doing much for exercise or warmups this week. Not sure how to proceed moving forward.

    Thoughts? Recommendations moving forward?
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    GuyChanGuyChan 2.0 PRO, 3.0 Streaming Posts: 168
    Hello there.

    First of all, if you want medical advice, feel free to go to a specialist, healthcare professional.

    Technically, I'm not hearing bad things. You doing is very bright. There is a fuzzy sound, but I can't tell if that comes from the quality of your mic. You know, pain it the neck/throat and around the vocal folds can happen if you don't relax. Don't overdo or force the ping. Warm up gently and get to the point where your voice gets bright without you forcing it. Relax the throat and the glottis, and let the diaphragm fo the work.

    How much and how long have you been working on the course ? On which volume are you ?

    Glottal compression is dangerous if you don't understand how to do it, and relax the throat. When you compress the sound, you shouldn't feel any tension in the throat at all. You shouldn't feel that the vocal folds are pressurized, but instead, that there is and inward compression (opposed to pushing) that actually protects the folds from pressure. It stabilizes and balances the pressure that you have below your vocal folds and the pressure that you have above in the pharynx, so that the air pressure is even. That's what Ken calls "equal pressure". So, no pushing, no forcing around the chest, neck, throat and vocal folds.

    And make sure that you do one thing at a time, cause you can't rush to the next step without having a strong understanding of what you're learning now.

    Hope this helps. If needed, feel free to ask any more questions, we're all here for that.

    Peace, Florian
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    Dewy69Dewy69 3.0 Streaming Posts: 35
    Yeah, If I didn't know your voice, I would say your AH is sounding pretty good! But if its sore, then maybe you have done too much? I have days where my voice sounds a bit like yours, but the next day, it may be clear. Not sure how long you have felt it?
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