Singing, the ability to create beautiful music with our own body, express ourselves and connect with people on such a deep level, it’s incredible and fascinating, don’t you think?!
So we need to look after our voices, not take them for granted and be able to sing, hum, laugh and cheer until, well, for always!
Here’s 7 ways to make sure your voice stays in tip top condition forever…
This is everything! If your vocal cords are dry it’s literally like trying to polish wood with sandpaper. Water, sugar-free squash, Green Tea, Drink Up! Steaming is also a great way of getting instant hydration to your voice. Avoid coffee, carbonated drinks, energy drinks and alcohol.
2. HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Eat well, exercise and put yourself first. If you want to get the best out of your body then give it what it needs!
Give your body and your voice time to rejuvenate. Schedule vocal rest days into your practice, make sure you’re getting good quality sleep and don’t push yourself when you’re rehearsing or performing.
4. WARM UP & COOL DOWN
Obviously, you may say… but so many singers, even those at a professional level can become complacent with their ability and forget to slowly wake up the voice before singing as well as relax the voice after practice or performance. Sirens, scales, songs comfortably within range, theres loads of way to warm up and cool down, find your favourite way or mix it up!
5. UNSUPPORTED PROJECTION
Pushing your voice when projecting without sufficient support and correct placement will bring nothing but strain to your voice. If you can feel your voice tightening and quickly becoming tired when your belting or projecting then sign yourself up for some vocal training and free up your voice so you can sing with our any limits! We offer a FREE Taster, give us a call… 😜
6. BREATHY TONE
This is often the underlying culprit for so many vocal injuries. A breathy tone can create such an emotional and intimate feel for singers and is definitely something we need as a stylistic option but when used too often, the vocal cords can’t find they’re connection and instead almost “slap” against each other causing way more harm than good! Find your vocal connection as standard and then choose when to apply aspirate tone for expression.
7. BE AWARE OF VOCAL DAMAGE
If your voice doesn’t feel right then take note! Hoarse tone, loss of range, pain when talking or singing, vocal fatigue, loss of head voice, all these are signs that something is not right. If you notice your voice not feeling right, rest up, hydrate and contact a specialist if the problem doesn’t quickly resolve itself.
Look after your voice and sing forever!