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The Vocalist’s Worst Nightmare

This week we’re looking at the vocalists battle with illness & injury. 

It is the moment that every vocalist dreads: sitting in the specialists office and being told that we have somehow injured the voice.

From polyps to nodules and from vocal hemorrhage to Dysphonia it seems there are a thousand ways the vocalist to run into trouble. However, this is by no means the end of the story. Recently we’ve covered several inspiring stories of vocal comebacks from the likes of Shania Twain, Keith Urban and even Adele, proving that there is life after vocal injury.

This week we’d like to hear your stories of vocal injury and comeback in the hope that it may inspire someone else going through a similar experience.

So the question is: Have you ever suffered with vocal issues or injury such as polyps or nodules and, if so, how did you overcome it?

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Great Comments from last week:

Last week I asked: What is it that you strive to achieve most in your performance, technical accuracy or emotional interpretation?

Dami Milando wrote:

“Technical accuracy is more important because emotional interpretation without technical accuracy could be viewed as below par”.

John Sabourin commented:

“Technical accuracy right off the bat….and as soon as i feel it’s myself, i am then deep into my emotional interpretation”.

Chuck E. Cheez responded:

“Honestly, I’d say both are equally important. It depends on the type of technical accuracy being sought after, though. I know lots of technically savvy singers who bore me to tears. When I sing, I want to connect with people, and you can’t really do that when your primary focus is great technique”.

Tony Carpenter wrote:

“Personally, I have always, just sang the song, been doing it so long I don’t even have to think about it. Natural has it’s distinct advantages over fully trained. Don’t get me wrong, I have listened to naturals that have also trained to expand, and some of it sounds spectacular, but, it can also be very limiting. Just like a musician who can only sight read and can’t improvise”.

Fantastic comments guys! Looking forward to hearing your views on next week’s question.

All the best,



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