As a singer, you should know how to keep your singing voice healthy, whether on stage or in the every day public setting. After all, putting too much strain all over use on your voice when you sing or speaking can affect how well you sing.
To achieve full control over your voice, you need to keep your vocal cords and your whole body healthy. Similarly, you must take care of your vocal health above all else to pursue a career or longevity as a singer,
Here are eight steps to keep your singing voice healthy:
1. Watch the control of your Diaphragm.
The diaphragm is your body’s muscle that helps and enables you to breathe. The first step in protecting your singing voice is to breathe into and tighten your diaphragm.
While singing, you shouldn’t breathe deeply but rather shallowly and frequently. Though you should take a full diaphragm breath whenever you have time like at the start of the verse, pre-chorus, chorus or bridge. Your diaphragm should only move a little bit so that you feel your lower abdomen aea stick out, not your chest. This is the best way to sing for long periods.
2. Keep your Tongue in the right position and place.
If you want to protect your singing voice, you should never stick your tongue out of your mouth when you sing. If you do that, you will make sounds that are high, sharp, and piercing.
Your tongue should stay in your mouth when you sing. This prevents your tongue from interfering with the tone of notes.
As a general rule you should try to keep your tongue relaxed and flat in your mouth when singing.
3. Keep your Jaw relaxed.
Don’t open your jaw too wide if you want to protect your voice. If you do that, you will stress your vocal cords and produce a note that sounds too high and screechy. Your jaw should remain only slightly open when you sing.
Try to tighten your diaphragm instead of tightening your neck and jaw area particularly when singing higher.
It is also a good idea to practice the five different vowel mouth shapes so that you will go to these mouth shaped subconsciously when singing all songs.
4. Avoid shouting or speaking out loud levels for long periods of time.
When speaking in the loud public areas for instance like a nightclub or bar, it is a good idea to try to keep your speaking voice at a good level and not yell to be heard for long periods of time.
Singing with your diaphragm and keeping your jaw in check will help you avoid yelling or anything too stressful on your vocal cords. This will help prevent you from overstraining your voice, damaging your vocal cords, and making you lose your your voice or possible singing career.
5. Drink lots of Water
A good singing voice is a voice that is sufficiently hydrated, so it is vital to stay hydrated. If your voice and body is sufficiently hydrated, it will produce a better sound, be more flexible and most importantly have less friction on the vocal cords when they come together to make sounds singing.
Our bodies are made up of 70 per cent water, so it’s important that your body is properly hydrated if you want to have the best singing voice possible. Remember, you should be daily consuming 8 to 10 glasses so your vocal cords will stay hydrated. Doing so will give you less trouble singing.
It is also a good idea to drink room temperature or lukewarm water, not cold or ice water.
6. Eat well and stay healthy
Eating healthy foods keeps you healthy and gives you a strong, healthy voice. This keeps your body fit and healthy will make your singing voice healthy, strong and clear.
Singers should focus on building a balanced diet and avoiding foods that can cause allergies, like dairy products and gluten. A healthy diet filled with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can keep your voice strong and healthy.
7. DO NOT SMOKE!!!
If you want to protect your voice, you should never smoke, as it will damage your vocal cords. Smoking ruins your vocal cords by drying them out and making it more difficult for you to control them, so you should avoid it as much as possible, including second-hand smoke at parties or other public places.
8. Practice, Practice, Practice.
Perfect practice makes perfect performance = practice makes perfect!
If you don’t use it, you’ll end up losing it; this applies to any trainable skill, and this includes your singing voice. This is why professional singers practice singing and breathing exercises MOST DAYS to keep their voices strong and healthy.
To improve your technique, practice in front of a mirror and keep an eye on your whole body but particularly your mouth, neck and chest. To develop confidence in singing in front of an audience sing in front of the mirror first then you can progress to singing in a choir, karaoke, or even at a friend’s birthday party. You can also enter local amateur events to boost your confidence.
9. Always warmup and cooldown your vocal cords before and after singing!
One of the most important tips that we can give you is to always warm up your voice before you start doing your scales or singing. There are many vocal warmup exercises that you can do like humming and lip trills. You should do these for as long as you feel you need to until your voice feels warmed up and limbered to sing.
It is also a good idea to cool down after singing with some room temperature water, humming or lip trills.
10. Sing songs that suit your vocal range!
Pick out songs and key the best suit your vocal range. Do you not do songs that are too high for your voice where you may strain or hurt your voice trying to sing in a higher range. Songs where you feel comfortable and your voice sounds the best. Try to sing predominantly in your sweet spot where you sound the best. If there is a song that you particularly want to sing that is very high you can always tune the song down or look for a lower karaoke version on YouTube.
While no one solution works for everyone in maintaining a healthy voice, these are some key things you can do to keep your vocal cords healthy and in good shape. With proper care, you can and want to use your voice for the rest of your life.
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