Taking care of your voice



How to Keep Your Voice Healthy

Steps

Warming Up

  1. Don't skip the warm up.Your voice is a delicate instrument that has to be exercised regularly. Think of it this way: football players never go out on the field before a game without stretching to warm up their muscles. It is the same concept for vocalists before a performance. A good singer always takes his or her voice through the motions before rehearsing or performing. This can be done by singing on a vowel and changing keys each time, while going up and down the scale.
  2. Start at Middle C on the piano and slowly work your way up and down the scale.
  3. Know your range and its limits.Neverpush your voice outside its comfortable range unless it has been permitted or asked of you by a professional vocal teacher.

Breathing

  1. When singing, your breathing should be deep, low, and supported.
  2. Raise your hard palate with each breath to open the throat.This can be done most easily by smiling in order to lift your cheekbones, which will in turn lift your hard palate. You should feel a sensation of openness in the throat, which is very similar to yawning, when you breathe.
  3. Avoid singing from your throat.Sing from your diaphragm. Keep a hand there the first few times you try to sing from there if you don't know exactly where it is, or ask a vocal teacher for help if you really can't find it. It's very easy to find, though.
    • Sit up straight and gasp. The area in your abdomen that "hiccups" when you gasp is your diaphragm.
  1. Avoid dairy as much as you can.Though dairy is important to most healthy balanced diets, dairy products produce blockage in the larynx in the form of phlegm, which coats the larynx and vocal cords.Neverconsume dairy before a performance.
  2. Cut back on acidic foods.Acidic foods such as citrus fruits can wear down the vocal folds. Try to cut back on acids if you want to keep your voice healthy.

Staying Hydrated

  1. Be sure to drink lots of water when you sing so that your vocal folds won't dry out.This is very important.
  2. Drink more water than you think you need.Dehydration affects the entire body, so even if you feel hydrated, as a singer you should drink as much water as possible, as often as possible.

Taking Care of Your Voice when You're Sick

  1. Rest your voice.This is crucial. Refrain from singing, speaking, and whispering if possible. Stay home.
  2. Steam, steam, steam.Buy a personal steamer and use it religiously when you're sick. It will relieve your pain, lessen congestion, and deliver moisture to your vocal cords without overwhelming them. It will also loosen phlegm.
  3. Choose your throat lozenges carefully.Ricola is probably the most commonly used lozenge brand among singers because it is natural. Vocalzone throat lozenges are good, as well. Make sure these lozenges have pure, naturally-derived ingredients.
  4. Sleep.This will give your voice more time to repair itself.
  5. Drink lukewarm water with honey.This drink is a lifesaver. Some singers like to add lemon to the honey water; however, this acidic fruit may damage your already-sensitive voice.

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  • Question
    What about the use of perfumes and hair sprays for singers? I was told to avoid the use of such items many years ago as they are not good for the vocal cords. Any advice I can give to our group?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Perfumes and hairsprays should have no effects on the voice, as long as they're not inhaled. In other words, wear as much hairspray as you want, just don't breathe in as you spray.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    I need to keep my body healthy, but it's not possible if I don't consume dairy, so what should I do? Can I use it like once a week?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    First, it is possible to be healthy without consuming dairy by consuming alternative sources of the nutrients dairy provides. Second, if you do want to consume dairy, that is fine in moderation. The article is not telling you to stop completely. The main thing is to avoid having it soon before a performance.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I avoid "stage-fright"? I recently had an audition and couldn't sing in my range at all.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try imagining them as someone different - as if they're naked or bunnies - but make sure you don't laugh about it! Always remember that they don't know you. Or try being a bit more narcissistic and remember you're better than them. No one will remember if you fail!
    Thanks!
  • Question
    So, I think my problem here is dehydration, but I'm not completely sure. I lost my singing voice, just my singing voice, but my throat doesn't hurt. Any tips?
    Sassy M
    Community Answer
    If you think your problem is dehydration, then drink water. If not, try singer's spray or throat coat tea.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    I lost my voice and I want to sing tomorrow, how can I get my voice back?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Drink lots of herbal tea with honey. You should see results in about 12 hours or so.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Dairy is an important part of our meal. How can I keep my voice healthy without avoiding dairy products?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Drink lots of tea, and take care of your throat. It won't hurt your voice to have dairy now and again.
    Thanks!
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