The best vocal health tips for singers focus on what you should NOT be doing, as well as what you can add to your daily vocal care rituals to nurture your voice.
(UPDATED 16th March 2021)
The topic of vocal health comes up regularly when I’m working with singers and I also see many “Help, I’ve lost my voice/am sick and have to gig!” posts on social media.
Focusing on your vocal health all year round is essential if you’re a professional singer or an emerging artist (or want to be).
Here are my top vocal health tips for singers, to be applied at any time of the year.
Watch the video to see:
- 02:13 – Vocal Health Tips for Singers Guide Walk Through
- 03:45 – What to Start/Stop Doing
- 04:15 – Hydration Plan
- 08:15 – Nutrition Review
- 11:15 – Rest/Sleep
- 12:00 – Release Tension
- 13:00 – What to Avoid
- 15:31 – Speaking Voice Mindfulness, Vocal Wake Up, Vocal Warm Up
- 16:33 – Vocal Rest
- 17:30 – What to Look for in a Vocal Coach
- 18:45 – Disclaimer!
Let’s review WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Avoid misusing or abusing your voice through excessive talking and shouting over loud music.
- Limit dehydrating drinks or stimulants like coffee, energy drinks and alcohol.
- Avoid smoke-filled environments and don’t smoke ANYTHING! (this includes marijuana and vaping)
- Minimise throat clearing
- Stop forcing, pushing or straining when singing
In an ideal world, staying away from these practices is going to give you the best chance of maintaining great vocal health.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
1. Wake up your voice daily
Regardless of whether you are singing or not. Try using a siren to wake up your voice.
2. Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.
You can also steam for topical hydration by inhaling steam from a hot drink, a bowl of water with a towel over your head to trap the steam, in the shower or with a specific humidifier or vocal steamer.
3. Use excellent technique when singing and pay the same attention to your speaking voice.
When I am coaching artists, we spend a lot of time on speaking voice mindfulness not only to preserve your vocal folds but to also balance and access different voice qualities that we want to use to tell our stories.
4. Check your diet
Are you suffering from silent reflux that is damaging your voice without you knowing it? Avoid spicy foods or eating too close to bedtime as these can trigger reflux.
How can you tell if it’s silent reflux?? If you wake up with an unusually hoarse or croaky voice that can often be a symptom.
5. Release tension
Stretch your body daily and check-in with your postural alignment to ensure you aren’t causing muscular stress with poor posture habits that can end up make singing harder than it needs to be.
6. Vocal Rest
In addition to getting the right amount of sleep, you need to rejuvenate your mind and body, try to rest your voice periodically by not speaking for 20-25 minutes following high use situations like a gig, soundcheck or even if you are in a meeting that has you speaking for an extended period of time. This allows any swelling that has occurred to reduce before the next workload placed on your vocal folds.
What tips or tricks do you use to keep your voice healthy?
Share them below in the comments. I LOVE trying out new remedies & preventative measures!
Keep healthy and keep singing!