TAKE CARE OF YOUR HARD-WORKING VOICE
At Spangles, singing to the best of our ability means taking care of our voices, never more important than when singing with Christmas Joy!
To help you, here are 10 tips we use to help keep a healthy voice. We will explain each tip more fully over the next few months…
1. Warm Up and Cool Down Your Voice
2. Drink Plenty Of Water
Sometimes the reason you have a hoarse voice is as simple as being dehydrated so drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, and do all you can to avoid alcohol or caffeine, especially before performances.
3. Don’t Clear Your Throat
To keep your voice in shape, you want to avoid frequent throat clearing. This can damage your vocal cords because throat clearing is essentially violently slamming the vocal cords together. Sounds painful, right?
4. Listen to Yourself
To keep your voice healthy, you need to listen to yourself and monitor your voice. Don’t ignore any warning signs. If you notice hoarseness or your voice starts to feel scratchy, rest it as much as possible.
5. Get Quality Sleep
6. Use Natural Throat Products
7. Take Vocal Naps
Most personal trainers will tell you that you need to take a couple of rest days after exhausting exercise routines. Just like your body, when your voice is tired, it is more prone to injury. You have to give your vocal muscles rest.
8. Don’t Abuse Your Voice
9. Breathe Through Your Nose
The most important breathing habit a musician can create is breathing through their nose. Humans are designed to be nasal breathers because the nose provides humid and warm air to your throat and lungs.
10. Don’t Force It
Perhaps the best piece of advice that most vocalists will ignore is that you shouldn’t force it. If your voice is hoarse because of laryngitis, a cold, or the flu, take it easy. Live to sing another day.
Put These Vocal Health Tips to Use
So, what can you do? I sing with Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus and we will be recruiting in the New Year, so why not think about joining us and learn more singing tips?
Just email me for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and New Year!