I’ve always struggled with vocal health issues, but with those new on the scene the vocal demands of the job puts new demands on singers who’ve never had to place too much concern on vocal health (especially with all the partying going on). This blog is in honour of my cousin Jamie ;P living it up in Bahrain!
1. Vocal Warm-Ups
If you’ve got away without warming up your voice before… now is not the time to exercise that ability. If you’ve never warmed up before – now is the time to start. If you lose your voice, you lose your income – so warm up and remember technique. If you can get an online/local singing teacher I would advise it. If not:
THIS GUY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5hS7eukUbQ
Eric Arceneaux is awesome. Got brilliant videos. Use his light warm ups and teachings.
I personally used this one for a long time:
as quite a light vocal warm up.
But honestly. Google ‘Vocal warm ups’ – try a few – and decide which one works best for you without fatiguing your voice too much.
On stage, during the day, all the time. ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE = DEHYDRATION. Therefore rehydrate your vocal cords. You’re also working in smoky environments. WATER WATER WATER.
To do this just boil some water, put it in a bowl, and put your head over it with a cloth on your head and breathe in for like 5 minutes. If you want put some albus oil in. This helps keep your vocal cords moist (awkward word alert). Do this as often as you can, but especially while warming up or after a gig. Be more dedicated than me 😛
4. Avoid too many medications
Personally I have to take antihistamines else I get other troubles. But be careful, most drugs dehydrate you and also thin your blood, which means more risk for rupture (even if that’s just in the nose – thus more risk for infection).
5. Throat sprays and Numbing Lozenges do NOT help your voice
-They just MASK the damage you’re doing.
I use them sometimes, often to just feel better, and of course when you’ve got a throat infection destroying you, however be careful, as they can make you push more when you really shouldn’t. They don’t actually get to, or help your cords at all.
NORMAL LOZENGES however can Keep your voice hyrdated so those are good.
THE ONE YOU KNOW BUT CAN’T AVOID:
6. Careful when you drink.
One of my biggest problems with drinking is not even the fact that it dehydrates you, but it usually means you’re talking over loud music or shouting and not giving a f*$k about your voice or any technique of speaking/singing. Drink, party, have fun, just try be aware and stay hydrated when you do 😛
7. Tea 🙂
Tea is always good. Warm (not scolding hot) but warm drinks are great for your voice. Caffeine free though. Avoid too much dairy if you can. And avoid honey! This was news I found out. It does have mild anti-bacterial properties which is great but it actually attracts water, so essentially taking the water off your cords. I still need to find a better source for this information, but it has made sense in application for me.
There are loads more tips, which I will think of and add accordingly. If you have any suggestions send em to me! 😀