Does your voice ever "blow out" a little bit if you haven't practiced in a while?
Yesterday I was jamming with my band and felt an unusual sensation in my voice. Usually I save the hardest songs for last but since we were trying out a new backing vocalist, we decided to jump and do Baba O'Riley as our second song, which we usually do after 14 songs when we practice. As I was belting out the A4s in the beginning of the song, my voice kind of "blew out a bit." I kind of faltered on the notes, kind of like I was losing support, and I struggled on the next few verses and the next few songs we did my voice was kind of raspy and "wobbled" alot.
I have NEVER had this sensation before, and 99 days out of a 100 I can get through these songs with a clean connection and no tightness, discomfort at all.
HOWEVER, here's where it became a bit unusual: I rested my voice for about an hour, drank lots of water, then I went to my friend's house to jam and had the BEST SINGING OF MY LIFE.
I was able to sing for several hours really high with a lot of glottal compression/distortion without hurting my voice or stressing the cords from what I could tell. For the first time, I felt myself getting that gritty kind of open throated tone that Ken gets without hurting my voice.
What was odd was that the wobbly sensation was gone.
Some background info: this week, I barely sang at all, compared to previous weeks when I practiced our 16-song setlist all the way through with no problem.On my warmup beforehand, I did Tracks 1-12 of Volume 3. On these, I did feel an unusually solid connection through all the warmup but also strangely tired too.
My theory is that I pushed too hard on the warmup and I am also a bit "out of shape" vocally, as I have really skimped on practice this week. Also, I jumped into a very difficult song that I save for later in our practice and setlist, so maybe I wasn't warmed up enough too.
After singing yesterday, I warmed down before bed with some lip roll slides and today, I just did a light warmup and a little bit of light singing as per Ken's instructions for days after singing really heavy.
My voice feels totally normal now and I plan to rest a bit this weekend and then warmup lightly with Ken's warmup tracks to get my stamina back during the week.