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Six Vocal Maintenance Tips

Hello again! I hope the last bit of your July has been delightful. My family and I took a trip to Mackinac last weekend and it was stunning. :’) Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever experienced pure Michigan!

Speaking of Michigan, we get hit with all of the seasons here. I mean all of them. It can be so hard to stay healthy – I’ve already had four illnesses this year! Not just colds either. And it’s hard to be sick, too, because then I can’t sing.

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald

So if you’re like me, and you get sick really often, you might be interested in what I’m about to say.

Do everything you can to prevent sickness every single day. Vocal maintenance, folks.

It is so, so important to take proper care of your body in the first place, but especially if you have a show or performance coming up, you need to be fully participating in preventative medicine. Because after months and months of work, you don’t want to miss out on your performance just cause your body decided to be extra germy.

Protect your voice like it’s a $25,000 saxophone. Or something like that.

Keep in mind that you should continue your preventative medicine AFTER the performance is complete, because your body is recovering from the stress and tension from preparation and long rehearsals, and what better time for your immune system to be a little tired out?

So, with that, I give you some of the tips I’ve gathered from various vocal teachers and experts (who also live in Michigan and know how scary sickness is for a vocalist.)

  1. Swallow often. Super weird, I know, but it helps! Drink all of the tea and water you can get your hands on. I can’t stress how important this is. Stash’s Lemon Ginger tea with a teaspoon of raw local honey is my favorite in the fall. Get a fun water bottle you like and take it everywhere with you. Throw some essential oils in if it’s glass. In addition to that, chew gum, mints, and cough drops as much as possible. Gum is my favorite alternative because it lasts the longest and makes my mouth feel cleaner. I usually pop in a cough drop after choir or musical rehearsal to help my throat recover.
  2. Take Vitamin C. Not after you’re sick, mind you – it can only inflame things then.
  3. To relax your vocal muscles, yawn as much as possible. Avoid coughing like the plague! I was told this disturbs the distribution of mucus (ew) in your throat.
  4. Take really steamy showers and inhale deeply. Seriously. Or sleep with a vaporizer/diffuser in your room. Steam helps your lungs not to dry up and keeps everything relaxed. I always feel like my voice is smoother after I’ve been in a steamy room for a bit.
  5. If it’s even just a little bit cold outside, wear a hat and gloves, and breathe through a scarf. Last winter, I got sick the day after I decided not to breathe through my scarf. Just saying. Plus there’s so many cute scarves. 🙂
  6. Exercise, eat well, and take your vitamins/supplements. Bonus points for exercise – on a regular basis, it can help improve your lung power!

I hope these tips help you improve your vocal maintenance regime. Push the star at the bottom of the page if one of these ideas was new to you! (Or if you just like the post.)

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xoxo

Kate

 

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