Do you sometimes feel like the universe is playing a cruel trick on you? I mean, how your favourite songs just have to be just a couple of notes too high for you?
And no matter how many YouTube videos you watch, how many vocal exercises you try, it always ends the same. That anxious feeling you get when those high notes are coming up in the song and you just know you aren’t going to make it? Yuck.
So you shift it down maybe 2 steps. You give it your all and it always ends the same. Strain. The notes are flat, or worse – you break into falsetto.
I know the feeling, because I suffered from that same hopelessness with my voice for close to 7 years. I used to have to scream my brains out to get anywhere close to the F4 (below tenor high C). My throat would always hurt after and I couldn’t sing even remotely in tune.
I remember one night after a gig – where I basically yelled through the set out of tune – I coughed up a combination of mucus and blood. My throat was sore for close to 2 weeks. At that point I realized I wasn’t singing. I was making stupid noises that were destroying my voice.