The Dollar Bill Notes
What a week! Summer solstice was just last week! Whats awesome about that is its my dads birthday!
Happy Birthday Young Man!
The week was filled with shows! in fact, 6 shows in 5 days. I am rather enjoying this day off with my kids. We are chilling by the pool.
However, I love to see you at shows. I saw and chatted with many of you. It was clear to me that summer was in full swing this last weekend. Y’all party a little differently in the summer. LOL
Looking back at last year I was performing about the same frequency. As you may recall I performed 6 shows 5 days a week for 22 weeks!! THATS TOO MUCH lol
My voice payed for it. Nearing the end of the year I was forced to go to the Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor to which I was forced to cancel shows and take almost 8 weeks off.
Seems dramatic but the alternative was far worse. The doc said that if I didn’t change my routine of singing than I will end up getting surgery on my vocal chords.
So aside from resting 8 weeks; I changed somethings at my show. First I give my voice a 30 min rest once per show. Instead of a brief 15 min break.
Secondly, I tuned my guitar down half a step. This helps me sing in a lower register. It prevents me from blowing out my vocal chords.
Thirdly, I stagger the weeks that I play so often. This gives me a few more days of rest I need.
Of course, I always warm up and stretch and stuff….
Anyways! I try to be pretty consistent with my breaks. I always take a 30min break around 1.5 hours into the show.
See ya at the next show!