i think i overdid it this time - what do i need to change in the future?
hey folks, here's my little story concerning the past weekend: I played a show last Saturday and now my voice is (still) all hoarse and doesn't connect at certain spots. I think I got some sort of a cold as well as my nose is a bit blocked. The days before the show I returned from vacation in spain and I already felt like the hotel's air conditioning had affected my voice. We had two 4 - 5 hour rehearsals on Thursday and Friday prior to the show. I warmed up before these rehearsals, but not enough, I guess. Another problem is that I tend to oversing because the rest of the band is very loud. On Saturday, my voice already felt tired and didn't connect very well. I tried to recover all day long, drank hot water with honey, spoke normally but not too much, warmed up along with the stage 2 audio portion (the stage i am currently on) and around midnight, we played the show. It wasn't bad even though my voice did break once, something that had never happened to me. On the show's video I could be seen quite tensed from time to time clenching my fist. Before, during and after the show, I didn't experience any pain in my throat but the next morning I woke up (I had slept with my windows wide open, but it wasn't that cold) I was hoarse and my speaking voice was very crackly. Any tips on what I need to change in the future (regarding my technique, not my equipment :P) in order to avoid something like that or is it just a accumulation of the things not to do? I thought that with the things I've learned so far I might be able to sing with a cold and rehearse for 4-5 hours. When my voice is tired, is rest the only cure even if there's a show that needs to be done? And is vocal fry some sort of vocal therapy (I remember Brett Manning saying this..)Any help is very welcomed! Thank you!