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Doogie, how do you preserve your voice on the road?


Hi Doogie,

you were on fine form at the Yngwie show at the Key Club. I'm a vocalist also, who likes to sing high. The past few weeks I've been losing my voice more than normal and I'm a pro who's been singing a long time. We just got a new air conditioner in my place, which makes the air more dry, and I also like to drink Sprite and water and have two beers at my gigs and I normally drink two cups of coffee when I get up in the late afternoon. I've never really had problems like this, even though I know you shouldn't drink any of that stuff before or during gigs. I guess I have to drop all of it while gigging, (I gig four days a week and do a lot of singing in one band that gigs normally two-three gigs every week.) Also I probably should go get a humidifier. It's gotta be the air conditioner that's killing me, because my voice is dry and cracked even on off days. I can always just go play keyboards and guitar, but I've always prided myself on my voice, and so this is really messing up my head.

John

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Re: Doogie, how do you preserve your voice on the road?


Hi John,
I used to get the same problem whenever I flew. I asked Bruce Dickinson how he did so much flying (before he was a pilot)and retained his voice. He told me to calculate the area of seating in my particular part of the plane........and drink the volume in Jack daniels.
Airconditioning is the bane of singers. It ruined me on my Rainbow tour in the US. I now find drinking litres of water keeps it lubricated. you cant really avoid smokey atmospheres here in the UK like you can in America but we dont have AC. So the short answer is Water and rather than coffee which dehydrates you, try tea with honey and a shot of Kentuckeys finest.
But doing as many shows as you are for the length of time you are on stage takes its toll. Try and warm up. It pisses of the band members but not as much as cancelled shows. Have good monitors make sure that you can hear so you dont need to kill your cords. Let the PA do its job. If you are into your 4 show in a row and dont feel you can get the top note find another. It will make you a better singer and keep your interest.
Finally dont sing Child in Time. EVER!!
That and Gethsemane are the toughest songs to sing for a mid to high singer as the range they cover is quite large and the power and energy is draining.
Ian Gillan has a lot to answer for

Good luck with it all and you can email me personally if you like.
Cheers
D
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Finally don't sing Child in Time. EVER!!
Ian Gillan has a lot to answer for.

ROFL!

Great advice Doogie.

Joe

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Thanks Doogie for the interesting response I appreciate it.

John
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I hear a shot of vegetable oil helps loosen up the chords before going on stage,any truth to this Doogie????
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Cut out alot of sodas and caffeine and drank tons of water...higher altitude this past weekend for a three nighter at Pechanga..in Temecula. Felt like a rock star on the lounge's huge stage. The place is just totally jammed packed with gamblers and partiers, way crazier than last time we were there in Jan 2003. Didn't lose my voice this weekend, even though I talked alot after the gigs and during the day. Thanks again Doogie. Got a humidifier also, (But I didn't bring it) it seems to be helping.

John
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Re: Doogie, how do you preserve your voice on the road?


quote:

DouglasT wrote:

Finally dont sing Child in Time. EVER!!

D




Doogie:
It's not easy not to sing it, if Yngwie starts the song unexspected and the crowd goes crazy, is it :-)?
I just remembered that I heard you sing it (very well!) in Switzerland during the Attack-Tour and after the song you said "thank you very much, Yngwie"
in a quite ironical way...
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