7 Tips to take care of your singing voice
Is there anything more emotionally powerful than the pure beauty present within a vibrant vibrato, a colorful coloratura, and a singing voice that, with every note, says it all—and then some? A great singing voice is a precious commodity, and not something you want to lose! If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with such natural talent, or have committed yourself to training and transforming yourself into the next Bernadette Peters or Julie Andrews, you’re going to take the greatest of care when it comes to the element most vital to your overall success—your voice itself.
Here to help are a few quick tips and tricks for aspiring amateurs and veterans alike when it comes to the all-important topic of how to take care of your singing voice.
There are few actions more beautiful than the act of singing, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a strenuous activity or art. As such, one of the most important tips to take to heart when it comes to keeping your singing voice in tip-top shape is to avoid any unnecessary strain, and that includes screaming. There’s an old stereotype about Wagnerian soprano roles that they’re strenuous, screeching and have the potential to burn out fresh young voices early. Whether or not that’s true, one things for certain – offstage, you always want to avoid screaming whenever possible.
Cold weather means a cold body, a cold body means tense muscles, constricted blood vessels and this in turn can lead to a strained singing voice. As such, you will want to keep warm at all times and this is especially true when it comes to your neck. Your vocal chords are valuable instruments and deserve the absolute best care. If you have ever seen a diva sporting a fine silk scarf, Maria Callas and Renee Fleming come to mind – you now know why; they’re the perfect marriage of form and function.
Keep yourself self-hydrated. That’s sound advice for your vocal chords and simply good advice period.
The pros and cons of milk
We’ve all grown up with the phrase: “Milk, it does a body good” and on the whole, that’s true. However, milk and cheese can lead to a build up of mucus in your throat.
Rest Your Voice
As stated, singing is a beautiful but strenuous activity. Athletes have to rest up between games and, in the same way, you’ll want to rest your voice in between rehearsals and performances. Again, avoid shouting, screaming or unnecessarily straining your voice.
Warm up your voice
Likewise you’ll want to warm-up before each performance. There are a variety of different warm-up exercises that can help you; which ones are right for you will depend on your own personal preference, the nature of your voice, and the role, aria or song you’re preparing to sing.
Don’t sing while sick
One final piece of advice – don’t sing while you’re sick. It will just exasperate matters, you risk doing further damage and you won’t sound your best anyway.