How to Cure Strained Vocal Chords

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Curing strained vocal chords can help you if you are feeling a little hoarse in your throat. Cure strained vocal chords with help from the developer of the "Singing Made Simple" technique in this free video clip.

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Hi there, Roger Burnley here, vocal coach in Hollywood, California. Today I'm going to talk about how to cure strained vocal cords. Now when you're talking about strained vocal cords you're probably experiencing your voice being a little hoarse or you're not able to get it back in the morning or complete laryngitis. So, and what has happened to some degree is that you've been producing sound or singing or talking over a period of time where your vocal cords have basically kind of been out of place and what happens is, and this is not perfect medical terminology, I'm just putting this together in a way that it makes sense to you, but if your vocal cords are not in the proper position they basically start to rub together in an unnatural way. Think about when you get a callus or something it's because things have been rubbing together or a bunion, you know, if you think of it on the bottom of your foot or whatever, but it's because something has been rubbing together in the wrong way. With vocal cords they can become inflamed where they can't make a clean connection or they can start to develop what we call polyps and even more serious, nodules, okay. So if you start to feel that going on you may need to get, change your vocal technique or what you're doing but one of the curest fixes is not talking, you know. Basically if you've really gotten to a bad place, three days is usually the cure where you don't say anything and you allow your vocal cords to kind of come together but also I'm going to give you a little exercise here that's going to show you how to start to get them to start to connect in a very easy way. What you're going to do is just place our thumbs under your jaw so you can feel there are swallowing muscles there, you'll feel them, they come down, don't want that, ummm, you're just training the cords to come back together in a real natural way. I'll just do a little bit of this very quickly. Ummmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm, ummmm, ummmmm, ummmmm, ummmm. So basically you can do that after they've started to come back together and again that will help them to heal a little but quicker. That's just a little quick fix on how to start to cure those strained vocal cords. Okay Roger Burnley here again in Hollywood, California.

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