I have mentioned in the past that I have had 2 vocal nightmares in my career and it always happens the same way. I stop singing for a while and my speaking voice takes on a new muscularity and before long I’m re-aligned in a bad way! The tricky part of this is that I never really stop singing altogether, and some of the changes feel and sound good. That little bit of thicker beefier resonance on the bottom can be fun, particularly in your speaking voice , and that’s the slippery slope of staying aligned. To be honest there are a few alignment choices available to us. If you really want a thick, open, theatrical sound, you can stay a little wider as you belt and have a more obvious transition into head voice. ( A very common technique on Broadway ) Or, if you prefer a more streamlined seamless range you’ll develop a more closed bell like resonance through the mixed belt. That’s the American Idol formula. Its big, its hot, but its not wide and presentational.
Here’s the bad news about being a singer: the voice is muscle and muscle never stays the same. Its better, it’s worse, but its never the same as it was yesterday, so, we just have to roll with that! You start everyday with what you’ve got and the voice tells you the rest. Everyday alignment shouldn’t be all that difficult to navigate. If you’re singing consistently you should be able to deal with the everyday humanity without much notice. If things are way out of proportion, you have to do a little rehab to get the scales tipped back to where they were.
FALSETTO FIX & SOPRANOS TOO is the repair work for getting the smaller muscles back in the game!!!!! The more difficult it is to get the smaller sounds, the more urgent it is that you address the situation before it gets any worse.