How to Look After Your Voice

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #12 of 12

Rehearsal Band

#12. Over-Singing Over-singing and bad technique are the main culprits for vocal damage in modern music. Learn to use the microphone for volume and ask your fellow musicians to TURN DOWN if they can’t hear you or you can’t hear yourself – DON’T SING LOUDER. Remember – if you feel like you are straining – you are. TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS: Swallowing ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #11 of 12

Warming Up

#11. Warming Up As with any athlete, the singer needs to warm-up fully before training or performing. You should always arrive at any gig or session with plenty of time to spare, or warm-up at home if you know you don’t have a dressing room or any extra time. Early morning sessions are the worst – you’ll need to get ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #10 of 12

How to Look After Your Voice

#10. Foods to Avoid When You’re On the Road Nuts! Don’t eat nuts before you perform! Nuts can easily get lodged in the throat and later dislodge, causing you to inhale them. You’ll then have a major coughing fit on stage…wince… Dairy Products including milk, cheese, butter, chocolate are mucous producing. Avoiding these will help you have a clearer, healthier ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #9 of 12

healthy Lifestyle

#9. Diet and Lifestyle Often the routine of a singer is very erratic – if there is a routine at all. You may often be going to work when others are finishing work or going to bed. It is very easy to eat on the run – which usually means a lot of fatty, sugary, high-sodium foods which will either ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #8 of 12

How to Look After Your Voice

#8. Coughing Coughing is to be avoided if at all possible as it slams the vocal folds together at roughly a hundred miles per hour! If you have a very tickly cough, inhaling steam is the best remedy. You can also try sipping a mixture called ‘Buttercup syrup’ available from any good chemist or try a spoonful of honey or ... Read More »

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Sore Throats: Knowing When To Cancel

#7. Sore Throats: Knowing When To Cancel Though unpleasant, it is perfectly possible to sing with a sore throat if you absolutely have to. Pharyngitis is an infection of the throat just above the larynx, if you are supporting your voice correctly and without constriction, you should be able to bypass this area when singing. In this case, a warm ... Read More »

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Allergies and Colds

#6. Allergies and Colds Try to avoid taking anti-histamines or decongestants as they dry out your vocal organs. If you are very bunged-up you should boil some water and inhale the steam for 15-20 minutes with a towel over your head. Do not then speak for 20 minutes. An old opera singer’s remedy, which is also very effective, is to ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #5 of 12

Vocal Nodules and Polyps

#5. Vocal Nodules and Polyps A nodule is a tiny callus that forms on the vocal folds, preventing them from approximating or ‘sealing’. The good news in many cases is that this may be worn away with vocal exercises, however, please seek professional help if you think that this might be the case. A polyp is similar to a node ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #4 of 12

Hoarseness

#4. Hoarseness When the vocal folds swell they will cease to create a seal when coming together and you will hear a rasping sound as your voice becomes hoarse. This may occur through improper voice use when speaking or singing. If this symptom persists over a long period of time, you would be wise to assume that some vocal damage has ... Read More »

How to Look After Your Voice: Top Vocal Tip #3 of 12

Alcohol Before a Gig

#3. Alcohol ‘Everything in moderation, even moderation…’ to quote a Zen Buddhist monk. This applies especially to alcohol. No one is saying that you shouldn’t go out and enjoy yourself every so often, but it is important that you choose your moments carefully. Having a drink for ‘Dutch Courage’ before a gig is not a good option, as alcohol, along ... Read More »