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Its normal to sound a bit rusty, right!?
I haven't sang in front of an audience since I was in high school (about 6 years now), and for the past 5 years I have barely sung at all!. I don't know why I stopped, I love singing and I had been doing in all my life up till I stopped!.
Anyway, lately I started to sing again!. I think I'm better in some regards: I've found my "sound", I have a richer, more mature voice, and my range has drastically improved!. The only thing that worries me is that I'm flat a lot!. Will this improve with practice!? I never had this problem when I was younger!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
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Luciano Pavarotti once said that if he went without practicing for a day, he would notice that his voice was worse!. If he went without practicing for two days, his friends would notice!. If he went for three days, his audience would notice!.
Although the vocal chords themselves are not muscle, they are controlled by muscle!. And a muscle needs to be warmed up and stretched on a regular basis before regular workouts!. You would never sit down and bench press your all-time maximum weight after a 5-year hiatus from lifting, so don't rush into this either!.
When I was in high school, I noticed that the school chorus used to drift downward in pitch gradually when singing a longer a capella piece!. The school madrigals (a smaller, specialty singing group) never did this - if anything, they would drift upward!. My teacher explained it to me!. The madrigals sang regularly - because they enjoyed it - so the muscles developed!. The larger chorus sang only when they were in chorus class - because they were mostly there just to be with their friends - so the muscles didn't develop!.
Your pitch will improve as you get used to singing again on a daily basis!. Don't "push," don't "try," don't "work!." Just sing a little every day!. Your muscles will adapt to the habits and the lifestyle you expose them to!. We become good at what we ENJOY doing and what we SPEND TIME doing!. It will happen by itself!.
Try daily practicing scales and you will find your tuning will improve!. Anyone can go flat!.Www@QuestionHome@Com