[Bards] Voicebreak

Kevin Valliquette grimolfr at gmail.com
Mon May 19 00:59:22 PDT 2008

Quill, in terms of advice, I offer this from 22 years experience as a
vocalist in (mundane) genres that can take a toll on one's vocal
mechanisms. It's not complicated: just shut up for a while. Don't
talk, for Pete's sake don't sing, and if you absolutely must speak
(say, for the sake of your job, or whatever), resist the temptation to
whisper as it is MUCH harder on your vocal chords than normal speech.
How long you'll need to do this will depend on the extent of the
problem and how much rest you're able to give your voice. I'll
generally give it 5 to 7 days and then -gently- test it out. I once
had to take the better part of a month off, but I had been doing five
nights a week with a heavy metal band, so YMMV. ;)

Beyond that, a lot of people say drink this or that, take this
supplement, blah, blah, blah. Some of it might even be of some limited
use. The most important thing, though, is to stay thoroughly hydrated
and rest that voice!


On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 1:43 AM, Quill <gray.quill at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, it had to happen eventually. My voice is cracking like ice in warm
> water, so while I let biology take its course I'm turning to the more
> sedate, scholarly side of Bardic for awhile. (Although any advice for
> maintaining good working order of my vocal chords during this time would be
> well received.) Which is good, because it's not exactly the season for
> fireside haunting. Also I know you're all relieved to know I'm not going to
> be joining competitions any time soon! (Ha, look, I made a joke!) Maybe
> it'll be nice to relegate myself to the audience for awhile, if I can stand
> it. Celebration to follow. ;) In the meantime, let the Awen flow!
> /|\ Quill
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