Protecting Your Vocals as a Singer
Tips for protecting your vocals
Protecting your Vocals as a Singer: A singer’s voice is the most important part of their body, so protecting your vocals is essential. Like a footballers legs, without protecting your vocals a singer cannot perform. When you’re tired or unwell, it’s important to know how to care for your voice. It’s just as important to know how to warm up correctly before performing in front of your audience!
- When feeling unwell, always keep your fluid levels up. Boosting vitamin C levels reduces inflammation. Sitting with your head over a bowl of steam eases congestion and provides hydration protecting your vocals further. Taking cough medicine to stop excessive coughing will help to stop any further damage.
- If performing whilst still feeling unwell, make sure you do a longer warm up than usual to help prevent further damage.
- Warming up before any show is essential as putting extra strain on your vocal chords without a warm up can cause permanent damage.
- Make sure you have good posture. Release any tension in your jaw and make sure your breathing deep. Do some scales and tongue trills to relax your tongue and get your voice ready to move through the octaves. Humming towards the end to cool down is a great way of protecting your vocals.
Protecting your Vocals – Lifestyle Choices
- Avoid speaking and shouting loudly where necessary. This causes the vocal chords to squeeze together, creating trauma. The same happens when you whisper!
- Keep your vocals hydrated. Drinking two litres of water a day is what is recommended. Two hours before performing it’s important to drink plenty of fluid to lubricate the vocal chords in order to protect your vocals. Keep the fluids at room temperature if possible, icy cold water or boiling hot tea aren’t what you want to be dousing your vocal chords with.
- No smoking!
- Avoid coffee and alcohol! Anything with caffeine is a diuretic which dehydrates the vocal chords!
- Keep your physical health in check and make sure you get plenty of sleep!