Using big grabs of air makes you seize up and become unable to make useful sounds.
It is not necessary to take big breaths for power.
Take gentle breaths-in instead.
It feels almost like just letting the air in rather than pulling it in.
SO: TO FREE UP VOCAL CORDS TAKE SMALL AND GENTLE BREATHS.
ALSO: This makes the pushing out of the stomach a gentle thing too.
ALSO: Alistair told us that if he is nervous before a beginning line he blows out first.
ALSO: If you get the pain in the throat thing that can be a reminder for gentle breaths.
ALSO: I will not blog anymore.