Singing is one of the most expressive artforms known to man. It can tell stories, bring people together, celebrate the best memories, and reflect on the worst ones. To accomplish this to great effect, singers and vocalists take great steps before and after their performances in order to keep their voice sounding smooth.
These steps may include:
One recommended piece of vocal advice is to drink plenty of water, with some suggestions of 8-10 glasses per day. Water will keep your vocal folds elastic and hydrated for the upcoming performance. To better optimize your hydration, drink a glass of water one hour before you are set to perform.
Like stretching before a big race, warming-up your voice before you sing is a great way to prevent overuse or stress. This can include humming, trill exercises, and vocal slides among other techniques. Don’t forget to cool down as well with the same exercises to relax your voice and vocal cords.
Before a performance, singers should avoid food that increases mucus production like dairy products or processed sugar. Those with acid reflux will also need to be cognizant of eating fried food or chocolate, as stomach acid could make its way up to the throat and cause throat irritation.
After a performance, your vocal cords will be sore. Try to avoid spicy foods that would otherwise irritate your throat even further.
Much like exercise, your recovery after overworking your vocal cords should involve sleeping. Rest and recuperation will allow the muscles in your throat to heal and repair and get you back to performance shape in no time.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your voice is crystal clear before, during, and after your next performance. If you find that your voice is still rough or that your throat is unusually sore, it might be time to visit a voice and swallowing specialist at CEENTA. Our team of vocal experts can examine your throat and recommend surgical and non-surgical treatment options to get you back onto the stage. To schedule your consultation with a CEENTA voice and swallowing specialist, call 704-295-3000.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments with our voice and swallowing specialists in North and South Carolina by calling 704-295-3000. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.
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