Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Keeping Your Voice Healthy – A Singer’s Guide

By Michelle Lawrie

Keeping your voice healthy is essential for best performance and vocal longevity. To a singer a sore throat can be detrimental, not only for a performance/exam/practice, but also in the long run.

Firstly, make sure you are using your voice accurately. It is advised that a singer get some vocal lessons (if not permanently at least temporarily) to insure they are using their voice in an effect and safe manner. Try to go with a teacher that has been recommended. I cant tell you how many students have come to me after singing in bands/solo for years and have not used their voice ‘correctly’. Once you learn the accurate way to express yourself vocally, your range will improve, your stamina will improve and overall sound will improve.

Breathing is one of the most (if not the most) important element to a voice. You need breathe to produce a sound/note. If your breathing is in any way hindered i.e. if you smoke, your breathing will be affected, which directly affects your singing voice. Yeah, so, many famous singers smoke, but some also shrink copious amounts of alcohol, does that mean you should? Of course the answer is NO! Keep your lungs healthy by exercising. The best form of exercise would be something cardiovascular, ideally swimming. Healthy body = healthy voice, this should be a singers mantra.

Singing is very psychological, stress, anxiety, nerves can all affect (and they do) the voice. Stay happy! Exercise has also been found to increase the seretonine levels in the brain, which act as a mood lifter.

Water, water, water! This clear super liquid is the best way to soothe your voice and keep it fighting fit. Aim to drink at least 2.5 liters of water a day.

Finally, if you do get ill, which we all do – rest. Try not to sing too much, as you will need to put more energy into practice to stay safe (vocally). Limit your caffeine intake, eat green vegetables, drink water and warm liquids to stay hydrated.

The voice is a beautifully instrument, completely unique. Look after your instrument, by looking after yourself.

Michelle Lawrie is a guitar and singing teacher based in Scotland.

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2 Responses to “Keeping Your Voice Healthy – A Singer’s Guide”
  1. BJ Miller says:

    This article is so true! If I hadn't of been able to do voice lessons while in college, I wouldn't have been able to hit the high Db in 'You Raise Me Up' made popular by Josh Groban! Thank you Prof. Jones at Toccoa Falls College!

  2. Off Water says:

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up

    and the rest of the site is really good.

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