Oversinging/cutting through the mix
I've recently started to ease my way back into singing after hearing I have swollen chords from an ENT a couple of months ago and yesterday at new years eve, I decided to give it a go. Before I go further I'd just like to say that I'm not used at all to singing in any kind of "live" scenario so a lot of problems may just stem from inexperience but I'd like to hear your thoughts on this regardless.
In this particular instance, I was at a new years eve party where the main attraction for the time being was a full setup of the game Rock Band 3 that probably some of you are familiar with. At this party, practically everyone was smoking and doing so indoors, so I had pretty much no choice but to inhale the fumes. In a nutshell, probably not the best conditions to sing in. Regardless, I made quite a few attempts to sing during the evening but it failed miserably. Rock Band does this terrible thing to vocals where it completely drenches it in reverb so that it sounds like an unintelligible mess and is also mixed fairly low to begin with. What I ended up doing without thinking about it was using this super-bright borderline obnoxious timbre that is kind of similar to Dave Mustaine of Megadeth for lack of better comparison. This actually cut straight through the mix but I felt kind of hoarse almost immediately after one song and I could not reach stuff anywhere above F4 or F#4 and such. I managed to scream out the chorus of Foo Fighters - Everlong on multiple F#4 but it was raspy and really pitchy, and this is typically notes that I do not have a problem reaching at all. I didn't even want to "scream it out" intentionally, it just felt like I was locked in this mode where I could not reach any higher without simply pushing harder. It was overall kind of an embarassing experience
Similar things seems to happen whenever I feel like I need to hear myself better, a vocal coach told me that when I was doing this I was actually "sharpening" the tone using by false vocal chords and scraping my chords with too much air. When I went to this coach, we were practicing in this room with borderline zero acoustics so I hardly heard myself at all. This also happens sometimes when I'm practicing over backing tracks, I suddenly feel this urge to hear myself really clearly and the same thing happens again.
I'm curious to find out what exactly is going on when this happens. It sounds to me that I may be using a high-larynx position to make the sound so super bright and I've heard from one of Ken's many youtube videos that you cannot go very high with this larynx position.
What do you guys think?
P.S I do not mean to bash Megadeth in any shape or form. I actually enjoy some of their stuff and I think Dave has made his own sound work for him but that is far from the kind of voice I want to have.