Singing with restrictions is one of the most annoying processes you can go through as a performer. You've practiced, you've learned your craft, and you've chosen a great song, yet some stuff in your throat is in your way.
It could be phlegm, dryness, or even pain that is making your vocals suffer. Luckily, there are several things we can do as vocal performers to clear our voices in a healthy way that will better prepare us for upcoming performances or rehearsals.
Over the years, I've slowly gained a great list of ways to keep my singing voice as clear as can be. I'll list some well-known methods below, but some may surprise you! Check 'em out below.
Effective vocal warm-ups are essential for preparing your voice before any performance. Begin with gentle lip trills, allowing your vocal cords to engage gradually.
Move on to humming scales, covering your entire vocal range from low to high notes. Incorporate tongue twisters into your routine to enhance diction and loosen the muscles involved in speech.
Maintaining proper hydration is crucial for optimal vocal health. Drink an ample amount of water throughout the day to keep your vocal cords well-lubricated.
Additionally, consider incorporating warm, non-caffeinated herbal teas into your routine. Chamomile tea, in particular, possesses soothing properties that can benefit your throat.
As a singer, I recommend that you maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins!
Certain foods, like apples, can help cleanse the palate, while hydration-rich foods contribute to overall hydration. Avoid excessive caffeine and dairy intake, as these can sometimes contribute to mucus production.
Explore the use of throat coat sprays containing natural ingredients like slippery elm or marshmallow root to soothe and protect your vocal cords. Just make sure your throat spray does not contain alcohol or menthol.
Opt for throat lozenges with honey and lemon, providing relief for irritated throats and contributing to a clearer voice.
Before you head to buy your favorite brand, make sure you avoid the ones with menthol or benzocaine, and you'll be in the clear.
Incorporate steam inhalation as part of your vocal care routine. You can even use the steam from a shower to help clear your voice.
Inhale the steam with your mouth and eyes closed. This practice helps reduce inflammation of the vocal cords and contributes to overall vocal health.
Ensure that the environment where you spend a significant amount of time is adequately humidified. Dry air can be harsh on your vocal cords. Use a humidifier, especially in dry climates or during the winter months, to maintain optimal moisture levels in the air.
One of the most impactful steps you can take for vocal health is to quit smoking. Smoking irritates the vocal cords, leading to hoarseness and potential long-term damage. By quitting smoking, you significantly contribute to maintaining a clear and healthy voice.
Harness the natural decongestant properties of eucalyptus to benefit your vocal health. Inhale eucalyptus steam or use eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser to clear nasal passages. This can aid in promoting a clearer and more resonant vocal tone.
Maintain good posture to allow for proper airflow and vocal cord alignment. Stand or sit up straight, relax your shoulders, and ensure your spine is aligned.
Practice diaphragmatic breathing to support your voice. Inhale deeply, allowing your diaphragm to expand, and exhale slowly, engaging your abdominal muscles. This technique enhances breath control and vocal projection.
Give your voice adequate rest, especially if you've had an extended period of speaking or singing. Avoid straining your voice, and if you experience any signs of vocal fatigue or hoarseness, take breaks and allow your vocal cords to recover.
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