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4 Things You Overlook That Affect Your Singing Voice

4 Things You Overlook That Affect Your Singing Voice

After months of months of study and practice you are ready for your performance. Music learned and you are ready to be an expressive performer. Here are four things that you can do to give you that extra edge that you might have not focused on: 

  1.   Your Diet

We all know the adage, “You are what you eat,” but when you are a vocalist, “you sing what you eat.” There are foods you shouldn’t eat as a performer. Dependent upon how your body reacts to food, some examples could be fried foods, spicy foods, dairy, and food related to fats. Some can increase phlegm, upset stomach, cause heartburn, aggravate acid reflux, or even cause inflammation on your vocal folds. Any of these can throw you off peak performance level! 

  1.   Sleep

How many hours of sleep are you getting at night? If you are not getting enough sleep, you stand the risk of straining and damaging your vocals. Sleep is a special time for the body to relax, recharge and even repair. If you sing while you’re under vocal fatigue, you will end up damaging the quality of your voice, leading to loss of volume, lack of clarity, and poor tonal output. 

  1.   Coffee

Sorry! Coffee include caffeine—a nice way of spicing up your day. But did you know caffeine is a diuretic? That means it will dehydrate you, possibly leaving you with dry and irritated vocal cords. While it might be challenging for you to give up your daily Starbucks, it is one sacrifice we recommend if you are to perform well. But if you cannot give it up; then make sure you consume plenty of water to compensate for every cup of coffee you take.

  1.   Exercise 

One thing some of our voice teachers do at Cadenza is to start a workout session. The workout routine at home could include extensive aerobic exercises like swimming, running, or biking. Such exercises build and strengthen the heart and improve blood circulation. They also help in expanding the capacity of the lungs, keeping the airway clear as well. Since your lungs play an important role in your singing, increasing their function is always a wise choice. Being fit is always helpful to a performer!

4 Ways to Take Care of Your Voice

4 Ways to Take Care of Your Voice

Singing is a beautiful talent. It knows no age nor gender and transcends cultures and regions. The best part is that it can be developed by anyone. It is part of what makes us human. Singing is also socially beneficial since we can do it with our circle of friends and our family. It relieves stress and helps prevent many forms of depression. Singing simply lightens your hectic day.

Many people think that singing is only for a selected few, but we at Cadenza know they’re wrong. But, it does require some training and developing good habits to take care of your voice is part of that training. We cannot sing or talk without our voice, obviously. Even speaking with a hoarse voice sounds unpleasant to all who hear it. Imagine trying to sing! There are various ways we can take good care of our voice. We’ve narrowed it down to 4 ways to take care of your voice.

  1. Good breathing is essential. It regulates the different functions of your body. Relax and breath naturally. Pressure or heavy breathing dries out your vocal folds and can cause damage.
  2. Nothing beats taking home remedies (warm water with lemon, or ginger, honey, etc.) but the best among them is simply drinking room-temperature water. Hot water is not necessary and cold water is constricting to the vocal folds. Adequate hydration is a form of voice therapy. Avoid drinking coffee, or soda (or alcoholic drinks for adults) since there are tendencies it would cause a detrimental change in the quality of your voice.
  3. You are what you eat. It is vital that we follow a proper diet. Eating veggies and fruits, as they’re high in water content, lubricates your voice and keeps you healthy. Have you seen singers eating ice cream before a stage performance? Probably not. Eating and drinking food that is too cold or hot or sweets can wear out, dry, or increase phlegm on your vocal cords.
  4. Avoid misuse and overuse of voice. It’s best not to shout, scream or sing too loudly as it strains your vocal cords. Then, you end up with a hoarse voice and swelling. There are no nerve endings in your voice box so it doesn’t hurt to yell. You just wake up the next day and your voice is gone! Speak calmly with a moderate voice. You don’t need to forcibly sing if you still can’t. Rest is sometimes necessary.

We must follow these tips and keep them in mind to stay vocally healthy. It helps to eliminate the tension in our voice and benefits our overall health at the same time. And now that we’re aware of the benefits we can get, being consistency is the key. Now you are ready for a stage performance or singing that beautiful song in karaoke with your friends!