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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Newbie Question - Neck Muscles and Favoring one side...?

Hola fellow RYV folks!

I've been working with RYV exercises (mainly breathing and pitch isolation) for a few weeks, and I've definitely been noticing results that keep me inspired.

But I have noticed something that, while not particularly concerning, I do find curious.

I find one side (the left side, mainly) of my neck where my neck gland is tends to be feel a little inflamed / sore after practicing. It doesn't hurt--and I don't notice it while practicing. It's not on the 'outside' neck muscles either, but doesn't feel like it's in my throat--as that feels fine.

If I had to compare it to anything, it feels similar to when I was learning to speed pick guitar stuff in my 20' muscle on my forearm getting a little 'tender' after prolonged practice sessions.

Again, it doesn't hurt, but I do notice it. And I notice it only on the left side, not the right. So on top of slowing down my practice pace and warming up as long as I can, I'm just wondering A) has anyone else experienced this? B) is it something I should worry about? and C) is there any way to 'balance' my neck muscles in case I'm somehow leaning on/overusing my left side?

Rock on y'all! m/

Re: Newbie Question - Neck Muscles and Favoring one side...?

This is common. There is a USEFUL TIP in RYV where I talk about using the NO side-to-side movement when doing your exercises and singing. This is why I added it:) Check it out in the book and start using the NO:)