Five Ways to Maintain the Health of Your Voice
There have been so many questions from our subscribers on how the voice can be kept in an healthy condition and the requirements to do same.
In this article, we will explain in detail, the five ways you can keep your voice healthy and the things you must and must not do.
1. Make Sure Your Voice and Body is Trained like Athletes do
Just like an athlete, there are some things you must and mustn’t do. Things like overusing the voice, singing when you have a cold etc. must be avoided while making sure you have enough rest and eat healthy and balanced diet.
Just like gymnasts who carry out their sporting activities with sheer flexibility and ease, singers should endeavor to do same and many more.
Folks who are into gymnastics do not get injured or tired easily like the normal people on the streets because they are well disciplined and spend quality time working themselves to perfection.
If a singer must get to perfection, he or she must conduct his or herself in this manner. He or she must carry out strict and disciplined practices while giving some intervals of rest.
This is a risk every singer must take if the said singer must hit or reach an optimal stage of singing.
2. Don’t Form an Habbit of imitating Someone else’s Voice
This is an habit that is very rampant among most upcoming singers and it is an evil that must be quenched.
This stars you are trying to copy have made their money and their fans know them for the voice quality they posses so trying to sound like them do not just make you a copycat but a looser.
This notwithstanding, trying to copy a very high pitched voice when you haven’t worked or trained your voice to that standard or when your voice range do not permit that could damage your voice completely.
Note that your voice is unique and to this end, it’s rather advisable to make the best out of this and not copying other singers voices.
3. Set Speed for Yourself
This is one of the things you must do as a singer especially in times you are making preparations for audition or show. Set pace for yourself. By this I mean don’t cluster everything you were doing before now in a day. Exercise less and practice more and while doing same, set time for yourself while doing this. Don’t forget to increase the time as you go. For example if you used to exercise for two hours a day, you have to reduce it to 30 to 40 minutes of exercise to keep fit and build muscles and you can set 5 minutes for each exercise and gradually alternate it.
Pay attention to your singing exercises and increase your singing time as you improve.
4. Completely Get Rid of Singing so loud, Shouting, Yelling, Loud talking (Phonotraumatics)
Your vocal folds clash together once your vocal loudness is increased and this alternates with the volume. Think of beating your hands on your laps and alternating between soft, loud, fast and slow and you will get the picture of what I’m trying to say.
When this is done for a long time, the folds in your vocal chords gets tired, swollen and reddish in color.
Note that the folds in your vocal track could get damaged or changed when these Phonotraumatic acts are prolonged.
5. Adequately Practice Hydration
For the vocal chords to function well and in it’s full capacity, the troat must be kept hydrated. This can be done by taking beverages that are non-caffeinated.
Note that the vocal folds does not partake in the food or drinks we take which means nothing you drink or eat gets to it but then, the vocal folds works well when the troat is hydrated with non-caffeinated beverages and water.
Performing with a Hoarse on your throat or Soar throat
Going on stage with sickness could be dangerous and as such if you notice an hoarseness on your throat or you have soar throat, it is best you see a Ear, Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) to ascertain if it’s safe for you to go ahead and sing.
It’d be wrong for you to try to impress people by singing with illness and in turn cause serious damage to your vocal chord.
To this end, it is advisable to stay off singing when you are very ill and if you must sing while ill, make it snappy and not an habit.
Pre and Post Performance Voice Care
Before embarking on any performance, be sure to do some vocal warm-up exeecises. The warm-up exercises must be light and not ones that will strain your voice and then relax the larynx and the laryngeal muscles by running up and down your scales. Also apply some vocal slides, this will help warm-up the vocal folds for maximum performance.
Make sure you are well relaxed before climbing the stage and be sure to calm all tension.
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