Vocal Health

My dad was a singer and used to give me tips on how to sing better when I was a kid. I remember one time, when I was in high school, I had lost my voice, and my dad asked me, “Were you singing in the car with the windows open?” I thought my dad was psychic or something. He explained that when the windows were open not only was it louder inside the car but the sound was also escaping out of the windows, so it took more strain to be able to sing at an audible volume. And that’s how I lost my voice.

It may seem obvious now, but at the time it helped me to realize that if I wanted to be a singer, which I did even back then, that there were certain things that I would have to do and other things I would need to avoid.

Singing loudly isn’t a bad thing; it’s just a matter of where you sing from. Most untrained singers sing mostly from their throat rather than their diaphragm.

Click here to read about how to sing from your diaphragm.

The same thing happens when we cheer and yell. Most of the sound is being forced out of the body with the strain focusing mostly on the throat.

While the body is amazing and heals itself rather quickly, singers don’t always have the luxury to be able to wait a day or two or more for their voice to come back before they can sing again.

The same thing happens when you push yourself to sing even though you have a sore or inflamed throat due to sickness or allergies.

Once you’ve lost your voice or are sick or have an inflamed throat, your best cure is vocal rest. Don’t talk. Don’t sing. Certainly, don’t yell. Your voice will come back the fastest if you simply do not use it.

While not using it, a speedy recovery depends on hydrating and soothing your throat. Hot tea is good but is also a diuretic, so Throat Coat tea is better, since it has licorice root in it, which is a natural hydrant and has in it medicinal qualities.

Best of luck you. I hope this helps, and thanks for reading!

Aaron

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