Tips For Vocal Recovery - How To Use Soft Sounds The Right Way
One of the very first pieces of advice I heard from my traditional vocal coach was that I should never whisper. In fact, I heard this growing up from my choir director too.
This advice never seemed to square with my experience though. Whispering in general didn’t feel bad for my voice (all the time at least). I guess too much of it could dry me out a bit and make me feel a bit hoarse, but so could anything else I did in excess.
When I asked my choir director and vocal coach why whispering was bad, I wasn’t satisfied with the answers. If it is truly bad, there’s got to be a better reason that “It dries out your voice so you should never do it”.
I also heard a lot of my favorite singers using whispers and whisper-like sounds that I really liked and I’d sometimes work on imitating. When going down this path, sometimes, I’d do ok, but other times (and I wasn’t quite sure why) I’d feel like I totally messed something up.
There’d be a catch in my voice, or I’d go hoarse really quickly… Or I’d feel un-naturally raspy or weak after practicing. I couldn’t figure out why sometimes whispering worked with my voice and sometimes, felt just horrible. I also couldn’t really nail down the different types of sounds my favorite singers were using.
Let me help you learn from my struggles and past inquisitions! Whispering can be a wonderful, artistic tool. It can also help with vocal recovery! (In spite of what you may have heard) The claim or blanket statement that “whispering is bad for your voice” needs to be challenged and tested! It’s not a claim that we need to simply accept from ‘experts’. If we do, we’ll miss out on a lot of great musical opportunities!
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