Keep your voice healthy and pure by following
these simple rules.
-inspired by Guy Babusek
First the don't's...
- Don't belt out songs.
- Don't clear your throat continually.
- Don't drink alcohol on or before the day of a performance.
- Don't "pull" the chest-voice (if you are hoarse after singing, see a teacher!).
- Don't drink coffee directly before a performance.
- Don't smoke any substance.
- Don't talk a lot on the day of a performance.
- Don't try to talk or sing over a cold or laryngitis.
- Don't try to talk over loud noise, (like in bars, amusement parks, big parties, etc.).
try to sing if it hurts to swallow.
- Don't whisper loudly or sing in a "breathy" voice.
scream (unless your being attacked!)
- Don't use recreational drugs and/or mind-altering drugs.
try to change your natural speaking voice (make it lower or raspy).
And now the do's...
- Do avoid dairy products and orange
juice the day of a performance.
- Do avoid places with toxic substances in the air (chemicals, tar, etc.).
- Do stay relaxed (avoid stress), especially in the days before a performance.
- Do eat a healthy diet
(plenty of good protein, fresh fruits and vegetables).
- Do get plenty of rest especially two days before a performance.
- Do drink plenty of water.
- Do train with a qualified teacher regularly.
- Do speak at
your own pitch (as in agreeing with someone by saying "mmm-hmm").
- Do vocalise daily.
warm up properly before singing.
- Do see a qualified ENT if you have prolonged hoarseness.
- Do sing
softly (mark) new songs when you are first learning them.
- Do support your singing voice properly.
keep your larynx in a comfortable "Speech Level" at all times when singing.
- Do build your voice properly
before trying to sing with a lot of power or volume.