How to Take Care of Your Voice

I am very antsy because I really want to perform again! o_O  I’ve contacted several venues and am waiting to hear back from them…the waiting game 😛

Since I am trying to perform more, I have been looking into how to take better care of my voice. When I perform for an hour, my voice starts disappearing at the end of my set, even though I frequently drink water before and during my shows. 

Yay! Water! :-) Photo by: Khaled Alyousef

Yay! Water! 🙂
Photo by: Khaled Alyousef

I want to know how to help prevent losing my voice. I’ve seen professional singers do shows that are two or three hours and still maintain strong voices, so I know it’s possible 😉

I researched how to take care of your voice, and I found TexasVoiceCenter.com  to be extremely helpful. In the section entitled “Advice for Care of the Voice,” the site said,

 “The vocal folds need to be lubricated with a thin layer of mucus in order to vibrate efficiently. The best lubrication can be achieved by drinking plenty of water.”

They recommend consuming “at least two quarts of water daily.” I definitely don’t drink enough water! ❗ I imagine I would have to run to the bathroom all the time! 😮  

I heard that some professional singers avoid drinking soda. I didn’t know why until I read it on TexasVoiceCenter.com. The site says  that caffeinated beverages “pull water out of your system and deplete the vocal folds of needed lubrication.” When I read this, I thought: Well, so much for my love for Diet Coke. 😦

However, the website did say that you can consume some caffeine, “but [this] must be counterbalanced by drinking more water.” So, if I want to drink soda to get energy for a late show, I need to drink a ton of water after that…which means I’ll probably be running to the bathroom when I need to perform….is the soda worth it? 😉

So I learned that I need to drink more water, and I also learned about what I need to be doing before and after a show. TexasVoiceCenter.com said,

“Vocal athletes must treat their musculoskeletal system as do other types of athletes; therefore, vocal warm-ups should always be used prior to singing.”

I know you’re supposed to warm up before you sing. I did warm ups before every choir practice and concert in middle school and high school. However, what if you don’t have a place to warm up? For example, if I am performing at a small venue like a coffee shop, where do I warm up? Should I do scales in the little coffee shop bathroom? In the parking lot? In my car? ❓ The site also said,

“Vocal cool-downs are also essential to keep the singing voice healthy.”

Just like warming up your voice prior to a performance makes sense, so does doing cool-downs. However, where and when do I do this? When I open for someone, after my performance I watch them perform. When I am the main act, I hang around after the show and thank everyone for being awesome and coming to the show. Does doing a cool-down on the ride home work? 😉

In order to take better care of my voice, I definitely need to drink more water and find a time and place to do warm-ups and cool-downs.  I’ll let you know how I’m doing with these three things before my next show 🙂

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2 thoughts on “How to Take Care of Your Voice

  1. stay away from alcohol
    reduce the amount of coffee and tea that you used to drink during the day
    hydrate your self as much as you can
    do not stay up late
    go to gym regularly ,you do not have to workout before the show
    finally ,i wish you good luck with your carrier and i would like to have free tickets for your concerts.

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