7 Ways To Minimize Vocal Fatigue Monday January 3 2022, 3:00 AM
Yona Marie
Singer, Songwriter, Producer.
7 Ways To Minimize Vocal Fatigue

What Is Vocal Fatigue?


Technically speaking, it isn't our actual voice that's getting tired when we get vocal fatigue. When we overuse our voice by speaking, singing, or shouting for too long a period of time, the muscles in our larynx can get tired and irritated to the point of causing dryness, irritation, and possibly pain. Preventing vocal fatigue can be a pretty simple process as long as you aren't falling into bad daily habits. Here are a few tips that can help you avoid tiring out the muscles that you use when you talk or sing. 

Use Vocal Warm-Ups


Warming up your voice, especially in the morning, is a great way to ease your body into speaking or singing without causing any damage or irritation. There are several go-to warmups that I use nearly every day as a professional studio vocalist. There would be such a different sound coming out in my recordings if it weren't for the positive effects I get from doing these exercises before singing for an extended period of time. Check out some of my favorite vocal exercises here

Use Vocal Cool-Downs 


Many people who use their voices as part of their career are used to doing vocal warmups, but not enough of us are using vocal cooldowns to help transition our voices into a normal tone after a long bout of singing or speaking. Without the use of vocal cooldowns, you run the risk of going through vocal fatigue after a singing or speaking engagement that will last hours. Check out some recommendations I have for simple vocal cooldowns that only take about 10 minutes here


Avoid The Lombard Effect 


The Lombard Effect happens when we subconsciously speak or sing louder in environments that are loud. It happens to us all, especially in a nightlife environment. Many people easily go hoarse after a late night out with friends because of this effect paired with the use of alcohol and bad hydration. Try to speak less and use more hand gestures and texting instead of running the risk of putting yourself through vocal fatigue. 

Hydrate Yourself!


Not only is it essential to drink plenty of water throughout the day, but it is important to hydrate before a long performance at the right time. If you want to hydrate in time properly, be sure that you are drinking water at least two hours before your performance. It's not a bad idea to get a cup or two of water before you are singing for a long period of time, but it won't be the same as adequately hydrating 2 hours before. 

Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Seasonal Tea


This is the first tea I ever tried for the sole purpose of soothing my throat for singing. It's the tea I heard the most positive things about, and the people weren't wrong at all when they said that this tea is one of the best for singers. The taste is good and has a hint of licorice, and it really smells nice too!

Check out more great tea options on my "Best Tea For Singers" post! 

Go On Vocal Rest


You need to give your vocal mechanisms time to rest after a long period of talking or singing. It's not a bad idea to regularly go on vocal rest after big shows or while you're on tour. Sure, you will be annoyed by having to speak less and not being able to sing around the house, but you'll be doing yourself a favor for the gig that's coming up the next day. 

Stop Clearing Your Throat


I'm still very guilty of this, but we need to clear our throats way less. Clearing the throat and coughing are two common things that can irritate and dry out our throats. The best alternative solution for wanting to clear your throat is to simply get some water or swallow a bit of saliva. It's far better than the irritation that comes with several coughs or throat clears that do nothing but damage over time. I know it's hard to do, but even cutting your coughs and throat clearing in half will do you a lot of good. 

Avoid Caffeine And Alcohol


If you have a gig coming up, be sure that you aren't drinking alcohol or caffeine. For my tea lovers out there, drinking tea is a great thing to do as a singer or speaker, but avoid the teas that have caffeine in them since they can dry out your throat. The best thing to do will be to simply drink water if you don't feel like remembering what and what not you want to drink in order to stay hydrated. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Vocal Fatigue?


It's pretty easy to tell if you're suffering from vocal fatigue. You will experience symptoms that can include sore throat, dryness, hoarseness, a tightness in your neck muscles, shortness of breath, and the feeling that there is a lump in your throat. It's also easy to tell where you went wrong and what caused that vocal fatigue. Fortunately, using the tips above will help you recover quickly and avoid it in the future if you are consistent with these recommendations. 



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Yona Marie

As a session singer, writer, and producer that has worked with over 200 clients to provide high-quality jingles, singles, features, nursery rhymes, and DJ drops, she currently spends her time engulfed in creating and marketing new music and helpful resources for creators. Her most recent creative collaborations include work with PBS Sound Field, Tribe of Noise, and the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Check out Yona’s latest music releases on her Spotify, her Youtube and share the music if you like it!

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