How To Keep Your Voice in Shape!
What does it take to keep your voice in shape. As a singer, your voice is your calling card, your instrument. Keeping your voice in tip top shape is not complicated and if you want a career as a singer, keeping your voice in good health should be your number one priority! Below are six ways to keep your voice healthy.
First, keep your vocal folds (cords) and throat hydrated! That does not mean drink a Coke, you need to drink plenty of water. Not only is it good for your voice, it’s good for your entire body.
Secondly, always warm up before singing; vocal exercises are a key component for any vocalist. If warming up is important for an athlete, it’s just as important for the singer. Did you know a pianist or any musician needs to do proper warm ups, daily exercises, proper posture and stretching to keep in performance shape. Playing piano improperly can create tendonitis, carpal tunnel or other physical ailments. As a vocalist, your voice, your instrument needs proper care (see blog 12/2/20 “Create Your Vocal Workout Playlist And Build Endurance”).
Thirdly, use a humidifier in the wintertime. The heat used in homes dries out the air and dries out your voice. So keep a humidifier in your bedroom at night and keep your voice from drying out.
The forth element is to stay away from harmful substances which will eventually ruin your voice. When you inhale smoke you are soaking your vocal cords in toxic chemical, drying them out and irritating them. Alcohol will also dehydrate your voice and cause inflammation.
The fifth element is proper breathing technique when you sing. A vocal coach can help you with proper technique and correct the problem of singing from your throat. Singing should come from the core of your body, supported by the diaphragm (see blog 2/1/21 “How To Have Breath Support”).
The sixth element is eating healthy and getting enough sleep. Poor eating habits will affect your vocal performance. Did your know that dairy (milk, cheese) and sweets cause inflammation and phlegm in your throat. If you are not feeling well and have a sore throat, don’t sing. Let your voice rest and heal.
A singer should think like an athlete and train your voice. Learn proper vocal and breathing techniques from a professional in a voice lesson and take care of your instrument.
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