It was a ninety-minute performance, outside, on stage on a cool evening, and though her fans were delirious with her performance, the singing star had depended heavily on their support because she had abused the privilege of her professional status. She had not properly prepared before going on stage with essential vocal relaxation and exercise routines to be sure she was properly warmed up and ready to sing at the peak of her ability.
The inability to give 100 percent is always a disappointment. Just to cover her failing voice, she led the audience in singing the lyrics of her last three songs, all popular, well-known and easy for the audience to sing so well, they drowned her out. Just as well. She was hoarse when she murmured her goodbyes. Lesson learned, but she knew that she faced some vigorous, if soft therapy ahead just to recover her voice for the performance tomorrow night. There was no use stressing her voice any more than it already was.
A voice therapist for singers plies an essential trade whether the singer is a professional or not. Singers would fade without them, because most singers, especially in rock and roll, abuse the voice in every performance. Is it any wonder they always sound hoarse? That isn’t sexy-speak, it’s just long-distance abuse. Actually, without a voice therapist, it may be a very short-distance career.
Singing therapy will address every aspect of the singing voice from stretching, breathing and vocalizing exercises to relax the muscles and tissues involved in producing voice, then to stretch their capabilities in range, timbre and projection as well as the mechanical quality of respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance. And, for the benefit of all singers who abuse their voices after all that therapists do to prevent it, like the singing star who has just walked off stage, clutching her throat in pain and looking for a glass of tepid water, just to soak the shredded chords, voice therapists for singers provide the vital road to recovery with their professional knowledge and training in voice physiology, mechanics, anatomy, vocal performance, extension of natural talents and the effective and often necessary application of rehabilitation of a thrashed voice.
The singer will not need to call her therapist. She, too, is a professional and was watching the performance. She is already backstage to begin the healing process.
For results focused speech therapy, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist in Sydney.
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