Hoarseness After Gig
I had 2 gigs this weekend. Friday night was a duo gig at a restaurant. I used my full vocal range. At the end of that gig I felt pretty good, no signs of hoarseness. Saturday night I was the MC/band leader and one of the lead vocalists. 3/4ths of the way through the gig I started to lose range and my head voice/falsetto was almost gone. This always happens to me when I sing with the full band, and usually doesn't happen in smaller situations (hear myself better?)
Today I was a bit hoarse. I did my warmups like Ken said. I actually warmed the voice up almost back to the full range. I completed an entire round of warmups. The voice sounded good again. Chest was nice and elastic.
Later on I started a 2nd round, feeling good. As I was finishing the 2nd round of warmups (volume 1) I seemed to lose my upper-mids once more. I'm not sure if it's just that the chords were dry (I hadn't had any water on me) or if I re-swelled the chords once again? Or if I was just not making proper closure.
Does anyone have any pointers on some other ways to avoid hoarseness as the MC? Things I can practice? Do you think I just outlasted the amount of strength I had in my chords for today with the 2nd round of warmups?