The shock! A high-pitched gabble of speech, so unlike the sound inside my head, the voice I thought I had. So shocked in fact, it was days before I spoke again.
Since then, as my own voice has naturally darkened and deepened with age, learning to sing now means losing all the fakery, the long-ingrained habits of tension in the throat, the chest, the mouth that caused my catastrophic loss of voice a couple of years back as I began to sing more. It was an accident waiting to happen, an explosive haemorrhage in the tender vocal folds which produce the voice, leaving a slow-healing nodule preventing the folds from closing and vibrating properly, leaving the voice cracking and uncontrollable
Now, as I gradually find the natural resonances and relax the controls, my own voice may still have a similar smoky timbre, but now startles me with its newly-discovered power and control.
My gratitude at getting my voice back again motivated me to create a Hints and Tips for Singers page on my website.
Have you ever had a problem with your voice? If so, why not share it in the comments below.