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Save Your Voice
On Stage
by Brett Manning
Q:  I lose my voice when I sing live.  I guess I'm pushing harder than when I practice.  
What should I do about this?

A:  The first thing that I usually ask a singer is "how well do you hear yourself in the monitors?"  
Often, they are not hearing themselves sing on stage, so they figure that the audience can't hear
them sing and push their voice harder than what is natural.  The result is that the tone becomes dull
or strident and often intonation problems occur.  Talk to your sound man and make sure that you
have enough of your voice in the monitors.  If you've got the funds, invest in a headset microphone.