I am recovering from a sinus issue. Much has improved except for whatever muscle it takes to hum. I do the puppy whining exercises and can't get it to work. Therefore I have no midrange. I've steamed my voice/head, drank fluids 24/7, neti-potted, facial stretches, antibiotics and prednisone shot. My question is what muscle is not working? swollen or otherwise? I can tell if I'm going to sing well if my humming exercises go well and they are NOT! Help! I have a 4 hour gig in two days and I'm frantic. Suggestions? Do I not do exercises or do them? Thanks! Cindi

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    You may want to call in a sub
    – user50691
    Jul 30, 2019 at 16:11

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The answer is right there in your first sentence... "recovering".
Once you've actually recovered, you'll be fine.

No good trying to rush it & push it, you'll hurt something if you're not careful.

Cancel the gig.


Your vocal fold tissues are still inflamed from your sinus issues. The main muscles involved in phonation are the vocalis, the crico-thyroid, and the thyro-arytenoid. In a recovering/inflammation situation, the mid-range is the last to come back. Cancel the gig, hire a sub, but don't try to sing a 4-hour gig in two days. That will just make it worse. Allow yourself time to recover. The quickest way is complete vocal rest.

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