Welcome to The Voice Connection Sound Off; a forum for users of books like Raise Your Voice, Melody to Madness, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and Unleash Your Creative Mindset, as well as a place for Vendera Vocal Academy members to interact.

This message board was created so that singers could come together and "sound off" to help support each other during vocal development and the creative process of unleashing the creative spark that occurs when writing and producing music. Currently, myself and vocal coaches Ben Valen, Ray West, and Ryan Wall are here to respond periodicially to your questions, with new vocal coaches coming soon. But, feel free to help each other too:)

This board is here for you to ask questions about my and my fellow coach's books, videos, and MP3 programs, as well as offer others help with our vocal techniques. You may also post videos of yourself and your band to share your music and ask for critiques.

Please refrain from negative comments, profanities, spamming, and inappropriate criticisms of vocal methodologies, vocal coaches, and singers. All negative posts will be deleted and subject to banning without question. I will not respond to negative posts, because, as Mark Twain once said, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” With that said, positive criticism is welcome because that is how you'll grow as a singer during the training process.

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Hey Jaime...question about acir reflux

Hello there...I am a bit confused and not sure if I suffer from acid reflux so let me tell you a short story.I quit smoking about year ago for the sake of singing and as I expected my throat was full of nasty phelgm.Unfortunatley I continued to smoke mary jane ocasionnaly but also quit that about month ago.Now my throar is ALWAYS full of freaking nasty stuff and I have to swallow every few seconds and clear my throat, its been like this for a year now and is driving me crazy and lately I have been suspecting that im suffering from acid voice sounds okay but I know it would sound a lot better with a clean throat.My voice sometimes gets kind of tired and I have lots of vocal fry in my voice but I can still sing high and clear.I got a bit heartburn few days ago but ussualy I dont get heartburns.Please someone tell me what should I do im really sick of stuffy throat and nose.Thanks!

Re: Hey Jaime...question about acir reflux

And I forgot to note that my voice feels good throughout the day but often when the night comes my voice gets hoarse a little bit.

Re: Hey Jaime...question about acir reflux

First and foremost, you want to get a pillow that prevents you from lying flat. That will help with the reflux. If you sleep on your left side, that will also alleviate it somewhat. Try not to go to bed right after eating (this one's tough, because I get sleepy after a big meal and always lose the battle to stay awake).

An acid reducer long-term is really the way to go. It won't kick in immediately, but after about a month of taking it, your symptoms will improve. As someone with acid reflux- sorry you have that. It's one of the absolute worst things for a singer to deal with.

Wondering if you also might have an allergy to something in your room. Do your sinuses ever get blocked? You'd notice if they did... It would be impossible to sing in reinforced falsetto. The tone would go up into those resonators and just disappear in a cushion of mucus (not sure how else to describe it). Hope you feel better.

Re: Hey Jaime...question about acir reflux

Thanks for the tips man!Yea it really is pain in the ass.Well I'm pretty sure now that I have acid reflux but anyways I will talk to my doctor before taking any actions.Thanks again!