How do you preserve your voice for many years of singing? What happens when you lose your voice before an important recital? There are steps you can take if that happens, and also on a regular basis, to ensure optimum vocal efficiency. You can train your voice like athletes train their body for their performances.
Stock up on honey. Honey is one of the most effective natural remedies and protectors of the voice. Simply take a spoonful (or 3) daily and coat your throat with it without water.
2. STAY HYDRATED
Drink lots of water before, during, and after singing. The more water you drink throughout the day, the more soft and supple your vocal cords will remain when it is time to sing. Drinking lots of water also helps to super-charge everything else in your body and is a kickstart to a healthier future.
Rest your voice overnight and for many hours during the day to recover. Remember to not speak or whisper when you're sick, to prepare for a performance.
4. USE A MICROPHONE
Use a microphone when practicing over music. This will help you to practice with a mic as well as sing softer and not strain your voice. Inexpensive, effective microphones can be purchased online that can help you sing over instrumentals or while playing your instrument.
5. AVOID TRIGGERS
Coffee, air conditioning, and smoke are all things that dry out the voice. Fizzy sodas are terrible for singers. Acidic, carbonated, and caffeinated foods cause stomach acids to rise up and hit the vocal cords, causing long term damage.
Try steam baths or even a towel over your head over boiling water to inhale steam. Add essential oils such as lavender or peppermint to invigorate and relax the respiratory system.
7. WARM-UP WITH LIP ROLLS
Practice lip trills. They are very important and help you to always sing at just the right volume. Try singing your favorite songs without lyrics and with only lip trills. This is the ideal volume you should be singing in that will prevent strain.
8. HERBAL TEA
Drink herbal teas like chamomile. Chamomile tea soothes your muscles and your vocal cords.
9. TRY THIS RECIPE
A special remedy for when you lose your voice: warm water, 4 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 2 tsp cayenne pepper. It's a magic voice elixir.
10. CONTROL YOUR DYNAMICS
Always speak and sing in a controlled volume to preserve your voice. Do these things and your voice will remain in tip-top shape.
Struggling with damaged vocal cords? The best way to learn how to not damage your voice is to take lessons with an experienced instructor who can help you break those damaging habits and develop healthy ones. Sign up for lessons today!