Tips and advice for learning how to speak, sing, perform and live the dream of being a professional entertainer (speaker or singer) and performing artist, along with common sense commentary and rants on the state of today's music industry. Written by international master vocal coach, Diana Yampolsky, creator of Vocal Science (TM).
Voice Repair. Pre-New Year's Resolution. Should you wait any longer to fix your voice problems?
Yes, of course, you can
convince yourself to postpone it until next year, as you now will be
busy with the holidays, holiday shopping, your children and whatnot. But
should you really wait and put it on the back burner? Some things in
our lives cannot wait for better days or better weather.
would like to offer you one of the examples which I cannot forget for,
already, a few years now. I have received an email from a very
distraught woman who is a singer/songwriter and a solo guitar player.
This is her story:
Few years before the email to me, she got diagnosed with a polyp on her vocal cord.
She didn't think much of it, as she was busy with her shows and
performances. She, of course, felt that her speaking voice and her
singing voice was not the same, but she learned how to hide it and how
to get around it.
eventually, there came the time when it was not possible to ignore it
any longer. Her higher range virtually disappeared and thus she had to
transpose her songs two tones down. Her speaking voice started to go
noticeably and her singing voice was also reducing its quality and range
she had no other choice but to go to an ENT specialist who ordered an
immediate vocal surgery. At that point, she had no other choice but to
agree to the surgical interference.
I'm the medical world; it is a protocol to take any removed growth (from any organ, for that matter) to pathology.
When the results came back, they reviled that the polyp, which they have removed, was malignant (cancerous).
that said if that poor woman would agree to deal with the growth on her
vocal cord surgically or non-surgically, nothing like that would have
the e-mail, we have connected over the phone and mainly have spoken
with the husband and not her. When I asked her to pick up the phone (at
that point, it was 3 months after the vocal surgery), she still could
not speak and was, at best, whispering.
could not understand a word she was saying and asked to put her husband
back on the phone with me. After he picked up the receiver, I had to
outright tell him that I would not be able to help his wife at this
It was simply too late and out of my jurisdiction.
And frankly, in my opinion, anyone else's for that matter.
- My close observations and beliefs. - For at least a decade, about 90 percent of people have been coming through our doors to conquer not only a voice repair but, as experience shows, first and foremost, to acquire a new and improved lifestyle… Our Toronto prominent newspaper, The Toronto Star , once said - “ It is not for the faint of heart ”. And I would add that it is also not for people who will be expecting change without change, so to speak. If those who are seeking help are not willing to open up and tell us their true story, then it would be very difficult to offer them the lifestyle modification - and thus the successful results of their voice problems and issues. I’ve said it numerous times that the human voice is an expression of the state of one’s being and the identification of who that person really is… The voice on its own is a “ tool” for communication and, needless to say, that if that very “tool” is broken, the communication also s
Case Study: This story is about Vera D of Barrie Ontario, whose vocal cords got damaged during her open heart surgery… Vera came to us in the year 2015 when she hardly could speak, and mostly was whispering. She told us her story whereas before coming for our non-surgical voice repair services, she had undergone open-heart surgery, after the completion of which, she fell in a life-and-death coma. It took over 45 minutes to revive her. Thank God, luckily for her, she survived the ordeal. But when she woke up, she discovered that she had no voice to speak. It clearly was damaged due to intubation and, perhaps, some other internal surgical procedures related to the main cause. She was told that she would never regain her normal speaking voice ever again. She underwent some very painful and useless tests that revealed that her vocal cord damage was permanent. On this note, she was offered not one, but two vocal operations with absolutely no guarantee that her voice will ever return b
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