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10 Tips To Save Your Voice

Latest News Sep 01, 2013 Comments Off on 10 Tips To Save Your Voice

Some 7 million Americans have some type of voice disorder, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
Hogikyan and colleagues have put together the following 10 tips to help keep your voice in shape:

Written By: Norman Hogikyan and colleagues at the University of Michigan

1. Drink water to keep your body well hydrated, and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Your vocal cords vibrate very fast, and having a proper water balance helps keep them lubricated. Important note: Foods containing large amounts of water are excellent hydration-conscious snacks, including apples, pears, watermelon, peaches, melons, grapes, plums, bell peppers and applesauce.
2. Allow yourself several “vocal naps” every day, especially during periods of extended use. For instance, teachers should avoid speaking during the breaks between classes and find quiet ways to spend the lunch hour rather than talking in a noisy staff room with colleagues.
3. Don’t smoke, or if you already do, quit. Smoking raises the risk of throat cancer tremendously, and inhaling smoke (even secondhand smoke) can irritate the vocal cords.
4. Don’t abuse or misuse your voice. Avoid yelling or screaming, and try not to talk loudly in noisy areas. If your throat feels dry or tired, or your voice is getting hoarse, reduce your voice use. The hoarseness is a warning sign that your vocal cords are irritated.
5. Keep your throat and neck muscles relaxed even when singing high notes and low notes. Some singers tilt their heads up when singing high notes and down when singing low notes. “The high notes are on the ceiling and the low notes are on the floor,” Rosenberg says. “Over time, you’ll pay for that”—not just with strained vocal muscles but also by causing future limits on the vocal range.
6. Pay attention to how you speak every day. Even performers who have good singing habits can cause damage when they speak. Many skilled singers don’t continue their healthy habits when they speak; indeed, says Herseth, “many people—including singers—should have much more breath flow when they speak.”
7. Don’t clear your throat too often. When you clear your throat, it’s like slamming your vocal cords together. Doing it too much can injure them and make you hoarse. Try a sip of water or swallow to quench the urge to clear. If you feel like you have to clear your throat a lot, get checked by a doctor for such things as acid reflux disease, or allergy and sinus conditions.
8. When you’re sick, spare your voice. Don’t talk when you’re hoarse due to a cold or infection. Listen to what your voice is telling you.
9. When you have to speak publicly, to large groups or outdoors, think about using amplification to avoid straining your voice.
10. Humidify your home and work areas. Remember, moist is good for the voice.

The Training Never Ends

Latest News Aug 01, 2013 Comments Off on The Training Never Ends

I drove to Vegas several days ago to see my voice teacher. A trip that is always worth the time away and the money involved. I consider it my gift to my health and future. During the lesson, my teacher pulled out a piece of music and had me read it. I always stop and take a breathe when that happens. No matter how long I’ve done this, it still puts a sinking feeling in my gut to think about it.

It reminds me that the training and practice never ends. In fact, as we age it requires more. No matter if it’s a voice lesson or reading through music and working on intervals. Just to maintain we have to continue the process and be diligent about keeping up.

Record Yourself

Latest News Jul 10, 2013 Comments Off on Record Yourself

How many of you are singers and have no professionally recorded material?

How about saving a little money and going into the studio. Hear what you sound like “outside” of your body and in a controlled environment.

This could be a great opportunity to get a demo started but most importantly you can have a different look at your sound, what you need to work on and analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

Someone Will Always Say You’re Wrong

Latest News Jun 06, 2013 Comments Off on Someone Will Always Say You’re Wrong

A great article by Derek Sivers.

Don’t Be Fooled

Latest News Mar 31, 2013 Comments Off on Don’t Be Fooled

Don’t be fooled by teachers promising the world!! I believe in encouragement but I also believe in honesty with all of my students.

When teachers tell you that you can sing like “Nickelback” or have as much sound as “Jennifer Hudson”, run the other direction.

Some singers are born with massive instruments and cords of steel. We try to mimic them and end up with a multitude of problems. Don’t fall for promises you know deep down are not true. Learn to appreciate the voice you have and develop that voice to it’s full potential.

Sing Off Auditions

Latest News Mar 18, 2013 Comments Off on Sing Off Auditions

Sing Off Auditions are coming up.

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Focus, Entertain or Both?

Latest News Jan 27, 2013 Comments Off on Focus, Entertain or Both?

Check out this article by Derek Sivers on an amazing question.


Everything Is My Fault

Latest News Dec 12, 2012 Comments Off on Everything Is My Fault


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