Internal Instrument -- Your Voice: How difficult is it to recover from a major voice disorder and then to be able to use it in a better and broader capacity than before?
I love what I do, and I do what I love!
When the singer (amateur or professional) comes to me with a damaged voice, my biggest desire is to uncover and recover their voice and put them back on stage as soon as possible.
“Thank you Diana for putting me back into my vocal shoes!” - Cindy G. Professional Recording Artist of Interscope Records Los Angeles, California.
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 due to his vocal injury was forced to become a pool boy to be able to survive financially.
You can imagine how discouraged and depressed he was.
Nevertheless, his livelihood was depending on his voice.
When he arrived to us in Toronto, he showed me his picture, which was taken right before his voice issue occurred.
He looked at least 40 lbs. less than, and nevertheless, at least 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 for him (and myself) when he got on the other side, being able to avoid the vocal surgery (highly recommended to him by the doctors) and when he in the process learned altogether a new way of speaking and singing, which in turn, had assured the safety and longevity of his voice for life.
Luckily, some years ago, Skype and FaceTime were not as popular (as strange as it sounds today).
At that time, nobody in their right mind, asked me to fix this very personal and intimate “instrument” (their voice) 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 the internet.
You cannot access the voice by remote means of technology.
Close human contact is required, and IT IS A MUST!
To recover the voice is very gratifying for both my client and myself; as the holistic and overall global work, on a very personal level, should be present.
Without it, it would be just a “gimmick” and, by far, not the real deal.
In fact, after completing the actual voice repair (note: in person only), 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 had 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.