At 4/23/10 11:30 PM, Noctrine wrote:
Back during HS I remember a bit of stuff the Choir people would say about trying to sing without proper practice and warm-up could cause serious vocal damage though.
This is very true and very important. Always make sure to warm up before doing any strenuous vocal work. I was in a couple of choirs all through HS as an accompanist, and I remember the choir instructor always had me warm the choir up with a lot of different exercises while she was taking care of other matters.
Typically warm ups typically took about 15-20 mins in total and emphasized both range and vocal structure. By that I mean vowel sounds like "ooo's" and "ah's" and "ee's" and more were used during warm ups.
I honestly didn't think they really did anything for anyone until I took a couple of vocal classes in college. It makes a HUGE difference when you warm up as opposed to just winging it.
So if you do a nice structure of warm up exercises and techniques the problem should resolve itself when your vocal chords get used to doing this sort of workout everyday. Because it is a sort of strenuous exercise on the vocal muscles.
Also, good to hear you quit smoking. Congrats. :-) Not an easy thing to do for many people.