30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days
No. 22 DON’T FREAK OUT OVER VOCAL DAMAGE
Like the descriptors jazz and liberal, the term vocal damage can have a lot of different meanings. Some of your favorite singers have vocal damage; that is, irregular vocal folds or inefficient phonation, and that may be the very reason you love their voices! Singers can be very hard on themselves if they think they have vocal damage, but the fact is that if you use your voice a lot, you’re more likely to experience vocal damage. Baseball pitchers get shoulder problems, runners get knee problems. It’s the nature of the beast. If you have vocal damage you have to determine if it’s inhibiting your singing (which you’ll know) or is likely to get worse (which it’s been doing, if it’s that kind of damage).
Nota bene: Melissa Cross, the Queen of Scream, has some great real-world information about this at http://www.melissacross.com/melissa_cross_vocal_solution03.php?
TAKEAWAY: Having vocal damage doesn’t mean you’re a bad singer. But, if your voice has been changing for the worse or feels inhibited, get a professional diagnosis.