Singers need to protect their voices, so they are very aware of the first signs that something might be amiss. Hoarse or raspy sounds, sore throats and not being able to hit their top notes can all indicate that they need to pay more attention to their voice.
Misusing or overusing their voice can be the cause of these problems, but they can also be due to upper respiratory infections, vocal nodules or even psychological trauma. Most problems however, can be resolved by treating the underlying cause.
How do singers protect their voices? Here are 7 tips for making sure that you always sing your best!
Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine, because these can dehydrate not only your body, but also your vocal cords. It’s also a good idea to use a humidifier at home, particularly during winter or if the air is really dry in summer.
Don’t smoke or frequent areas where other people smoke, as smoke can irritate your vocal cords and result in a raspy voice.
Make sure that any cold or allergy medications won’t dry your vocal cords, so always check with your GP, before buying any of these medications over the counter.
Heartburn can cause problems with your throat and vocal cords, so avoid anything that causes heartburn, such as spicy foods. Talk to your GP about a diet that won’t exacerbate this problem.
If you need to gargle or rinse your mouth, use a salt and water mouthwash rather than one that contains alcohol or other chemicals that may irritate your throat.
Make sure that your diet contains lots of vitamins A, C and E, as these help to keep your mucus membranes and singing voice healthy.
When your voice seems harsh or raspy, avoid speaking or singing because you don’t want to make the situation any worse. Also, if you feel ill, rest your voice as well as your body, so that you don’t overly stress your voice.