Recently in the news media, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith and Adele have had to cancel their tours. Whether any singer has vocal cord hemorrhaging or polyps or even nodules, they must have strong vocal technique in order to survive tours.
Teaching voice for over 39 years and running a successful vocal studio in Seattle and Los Angeles, I am an expert. Working with successful Grammy winning and nominated bands, I teach strong vocal technique. Technique that has been based in the Bel Canto style of singing, and transformed into vocal exercises for pop, rock, jazz, blues, country and metal.
Clients have come to me after they were told by doctors that they had nodules, polyps, or ruptured vocal cords. Since the 1970s, I have been working with singers who needed technique so they could begin to build the instrument inside of themselves. They realized they needed to know where the diaphragm and abdominal muscles were and how to engage them to support their singing. They also needed to know where to place their tone in a resonator chamber of the face with an even air flow connector. Through vocal rehab exercises that I had developed, my singers no longer have vocal polyps, nodules and have recovered from vocal hemorrhaging.
Singers must realize they can’t just sing songs stylishly or emotionally. They must learn techniques to get through a grueling tour. Sometime it is their speaking voices that can ruin their vocal cords as well.
A singer must come to a point in their career that training doesn’t take away from their voices, it enhances it. With technique from a vocal teacher, the instrument can be strong and powerful even in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties.
Surgery is the last step that a singer should take. Scar tissue is a huge problem. If you choose surgery, then a singer must get a technique teacher to help them make their voices strong, healthy and flexible again.