Voice Problem Support

community for people with voice problems started by The Lary Project

Hi,Billy here and i am a brand new member and just feeling around in the dark for help to my problem,hoping there is someone out there who can shine a light and take me forward.Up until 2 years ago i had been singing professionally for around 20+years,successfully and without any major problems.Around a year before i had to stop, i started to develop a very strange feeling whilst singing,like in my head and body i was doing everything by the book like i always did but my breathing and voice appeared to have other ideas,it was like i had lost control of both,and although i was still singing it wasnt raspy or painful it was shallow and powerless,and at times the note i was holding in my head wanted to veer off,it was humiliating, too awful for words and has left me very depressed as if grieving for something that i loved has died and now cant find the confidence within me to try again,i need an injection of help from somewhere and pray that someone can relate to this so i dont feel so alone.I attended my local ENT clinic for tests and scans and was assured there was nothing sinister causing this which makes it more of a mystery,on top of that it is a very difficult thing to explain.Looking forward to hopefully hearing something positive back from this


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Comment by Terence McDermott on January 6, 2014 at 19:03

Dear FB

If there is nothing "physiologically" wrong (and I am not sure if this is the case), have you explored there being a psychogenic cause? Sometimes singers develop voice problems for psychological reasons - a singing teacher gave them harsh feedback or they got a bad review and for some reason it becomes symptomized in the larynx.

Of course this may not apply to you at all but it is perhaps worth exploring with physicians/speech therapists.

A good singing teachers may know about this.  Who have you seen (if anyone)?  Have you been seen in a good voice clinic that is experienced in dealing with singers?

Best wishes, Terry

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