Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Internal Instrument -- Your Voice: How difficult is it to recover it and tune it up?
Recovering the voice is my passion!
I love what I do, and I do what I love!
When the singer (amateur or professional) comes to me with the damaged voice, my biggest desire is to uncover and recover their voice and put them back on stage as soon as possible.
The vocal injury could play a big impact on a singer’s psyche.
In the year 2006, I received a professional singer from Hawaii, who previously was very much involved in their live music performances.
Then he got diagnosed with a nodule on the right vocal cord.
It was devastating for him, as he no longer could perform and sustain his role in the music scene.
He had to quit his singing and he became a pool-boy.
You can imagine how discouraged and depressed he was.
Nevertheless, his livelihood was depending on his voice.
When he arrived, he showed me his picture, which was taken right before his voice issue occurred.
He looked at least 40 lbs. less then, and 10 years younger.
And that was only 8 months before his voice problem happened.
Needless to say, it was a very intense syllable-on-syllable, word-on-word instruction (speech and singing); but it was very rewarding when he got on the other side, avoided the surgery and learned altogether a new way of speaking and singing, which would assure the safety and longevity of his voice for life.
Luckily, 8 years ago, the Skype and FaceTime were not as popular.
Nobody, in their right mind, asked me to fix this very personal and intimate “instrument” via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone.
The voice is an internal instrument, opposed to guitar or piano, which you could learn (to a degree) on the surface, and yes, perhaps, via internet.
You cannot access the voice by remote means of technology.
Close human contact is required, and is a must!
To recover the voice is very gratifying for both my client and myself; but the holistic and overall global work, on a very personal level, should be present.
Without it, it would be just a gimmick, and not the real deal.
After completing the actual voice repair, I have to conduct a major vocal tune up for the now recovering singer.
I could compare it with a person who had a stroke, and who has to learn how to walk and talk again.
The voice repair client also should understand that after any rehabilitation (including vocal) you cannot start running the marathon right after the discharge from rehab, and should have the patience to gradually introduce all the once known skills back again, while concurrently adding newly adopted skills for overall recovery and prosperity thereafter.