Early on in my career in Los Angeles I had a lot of vocal problems. It was frustrating and disheartening because I was taking voice lessons every week and felt I was doing all I could to sing properly.
At that time, I was studying the Seth Riggs method, which is now known as Speech Level Singing. Many big stars were reportedly studying this method so it seemed like the thing that would support my voice while I was singing a lot of R&B and Pop. Unbelievably, I got nodules on my vocal cords three times in three years! My career was in peril at this point and I knew I couldn't keep on singing the same way, or I'd continue to wreck my voice.
As a last resort, I was referred to Giuseppe Balestrieri who taught Bel Canto singing, although he never mentioned it by name. His approach was completely different than the Riggs method, and initially I was really concerned that I would hurt my voice again by singing full voice as Giuseppe asked me to. I resisted his method until he said to me, "If you're singing correctly, you'll never get nodules again." He asked me to trust him by
saying "just give me four lessons," and I did.
Those four lessons with Maestro Balestrieri changed the way I sang, and I never looked back. He gave me the gift of a healthy, centered, beautiful voice. I have adopted the basis of his Bel Canto style while incorporating my own features into a vocal system that protects and builds healthy voices - the Lawrence Vocal System.
How do you get rid of vocal nodules? Hopefully, not by invasive surgery that could damage your voice forever. You can truly get rid of nodules by learning to sing correctly! I am living proof that you can not only get rid of vocal nodules, but you can prevent vocal problems for life.
In my experience, a vocal system based on the Bel Canto style is the only way to go. It saved my voice. Most basically, when you are singing, if it doesn't feel good, it probably isn't! Singing should be easy and effortless without stress or strain, or undue compression on the vocal cords.
My best advice - find a teacher who teaches Bel Canto. The training may feel contrary to what you are used to. That's probably because you've been studying and singing incorrectly! The great news is that if you're having vocal problems, if you have nodes or chronic vocal cord inflammation, there is hope. You can get rid of nodules naturally by simply changing the way you sing, and learning to sing correctly.
From Beth Lawrence
If you're serious about singing then you've got to take care of your voice. Here are some healthy ways to do that!
Beth Lawrence, Award-winning singer, songwriter and author of "From Shower To Stage...7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro!"