VOCAL HEALTH: 15 Imporant "Dos" & "Don'ts" Every Singer Must Observe

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. Vocal is very important for singers, so you must always warming up before you sing to avoid being strained, so always keep yourself hydrated.

Singing is unlike any other musical art form in that the performer and the instrument are one in the same. Because of this the quality of the sound produced by the singer depends not only on technique but overall physical health.Below are common sense health Dos and dont tailored to singing

These things are so important for singers because without your voice you can't sing. 

Reasons Why Your Vocal Health is Too Important 

1. Bad vocal health Care results in different problems, some become permanent and some might requires surgery. Why Would you allow yourself to get there either knowingly nor unknowingly but remember ignorant is not an excuse when you might have ruin your career and your life. With just few "DOS"  & 'DON'T" you need to observe daily. 


2. Improper Care for your Voice will results in Swollen and Stiff Vocal Cords: When this happens, the only way you can vibrate your vocal chords is by squeezing them extremely hard, the straining can only cause more damage and resulting in vocal nodules, a polyps or cysts.

Vocal nodules are benign (non-cancerous) growths on both vocal cords that are caused by vocal abuse. Over time, repeated abuse of the vocal cords results in soft, swollen spots on each vocal cord. These spots develop into harder, callous-like growths called nodules and they are also known as “calluses of the vocal fold.” They appear on both sides of the vocal cords, typically at the midpoint, and directly face each other. 

 A vocal cord polyp typically occurs only on one side of the vocal cord and can occur in a variety of shapes and sizes. Depending upon the nature of the polyp, it can cause a wide range of voice disturbances.

A vocal cord cyst is a firm mass of tissue contained within a membrane (sac). The cyst can be located near the surface of the vocal cord or deeper, near the ligament of the vocal cord. Please read more about vocal nodules  vocal polyps and vocal cyst Click Here


3. Muscle tension dysphonia is a condition result from poor vocal health: Muscle tension dysphonia (MTD) is the technical term for stressful or strenuous overuse of the voice, resulting in vocal dysfunction. Over time, untreated MTD results in worsening of symptoms, including loss of vocal range and pain when singing/performing.When your voice box weakens and you have to overuse your neck muscles to support it, you may experience pain and vocal fatigue. Please avoid this so rest enough.

  Vocal Health "DO'S" and "DONT'S"
"DO"
  1. Rest your voice when it is tired
  2. proper warm up before performing
  3.  Cardio-exercise 30 minutes daily
  4. Eat a diet with minimal sugars
  5. Practise deep breathing or meditation
  6. Take a little of good Honey, possibly daily 
  7. Try your best to maintain good general health.
  8.  For dry throat, use glycerin based lozenges such as Grether’s Black Currant Pas
  9. Drink water through out the day especially before and after singing
  10. Exercise regularly. Your bodily and vocal exercises are paramount for a singer 
  11. Eat a balanced diet, including vegetables, fruit and whole grains.
  12. Maintain body hydration; drink two quarts of water daily.
  13. Avoid dry, artificial interior climates and breathing smoggy, polluted air.
  14. Limit the use of your voice in high-ceilinged restaurants, noisy parties, cars and planes.
  15. Avoid throat clearing and voiced coughing.
  16. Avoid hard vocal attacks on initial vowel words.
  17. Speak in phrases rather than in paragraphs, and breath slightly before each phrase.
  18. Reduce demands on your voice – don’t do all the talking!
  19. Learn to breathe silently to activate your breath support muscles and reduce neck tension.
  20. Take full advantage of the two free elements of vocal fold healing: water and air.
  21. Vocal athletes must treat their musculoskeletal system as do other types of athletes; therefore, vocal warm-ups should always be used prior to singing. Vocal cool-downs are also essential to keep the singing voice healthy.
"DON'TS"
  1. Don't sing beyond your comfortable range
  2. Don't cough or grunt to clear your throat, rather use vocal warming exercise 
  3. Don't whisper to soothe a hoarse voice, because it actually causes more strain
  4. Don't eat dairy product before singing 
  5. Don't drink carbonated beverages prior to a vocal performance
  6. Smoke is the biggest enemy. It dries and irritates the throat.
  7. Alcohol dries the throat. It is a major enemy to the voice. Talking while smoking is very damaging
  8. Caffeine is a drying agent. Avoid it or limit your intake.
  9. Never yell or scream in conversation, especially in dry climates.
Note: Your singing voice is an extension of your speaking voice, so if you abuse your voice during speaking, your singing will be affected. Get a lot of sleep, drink plenty of water, and participate in exercise. Know that Rest, moisture, and muscle tone are the three key ingredients to good vocal health.

Going in and out of changing climates (cold/dry/warm) irritates vocal cords. Moisture is the key to maintaining healthy vocal cords.
VOCAL HEALTH: 15 Imporant "Dos" & "Don'ts" Every Singer Must Observe VOCAL HEALTH: 15 Imporant "Dos" & "Don'ts" Every Singer Must Observe Reviewed by NABLENET COM on January 28, 2017 Rating: 5

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