How to keep your voice in good shape

You have a show or you are preparing for one or you are singer and you just want yo keep your voice in good shape all the time, this article gives you tip on how to do so:

Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

If you are fatigued, then your voice will suffer as a result. This is even more important when you’ll be singing for extended periods of time. If you can’t get a full 8 hours of undisturbed sleep at once, try to supplement it with short naps throughout the day.

Sometimes taking a 30-minute nap immediately before warming up and singing can actually improve the quality of your voice.

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Drink at least 6-8 glasses of fluids per day.

Keeping your throat hydrated will help it to produce a deeper, richer range of sounds. Water that is lukewarm, but not hot, is best for your voice. Cold water can actually tighten up your throat. You can also add in 1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) of honey or a lemon slice for additional flavor and to soothe your throat.

Practice deep-breathing techniques.

Concentrate on taking a deep breath with your mouth that fills your lungs to the very core with air and then releasing it out through your nostrils. Try doing this repeatedly to a count, such as 1-2-in, 3-4-out.

You can also watch videos online showing other deep breathing techniques or even work with a respiratory therapist.
Similar to deep breathing, meditation techniques can also help to keep your stress levels even and manageable. Otherwise, your voice can become higher pitched and strained.

Avoid overusing your voice.

Try not to talk loudly, shout, or sing to be heard above other sounds, particularly for long periods of time. Instead, use a microphone to amplify your voice when applicable. If you use your voice a lot, such as in performance or while giving a speech, give it a rest to let it recover.

Practice singing in several short sessions and give your voice breaks in between sessions.
Widen and relax your throat while singing to avoid straining it.

Avoid coughing or clearing your throat frequently.

Watch for signs of a strained voice.

If your voice sounds hoarse, raspy, or gritty, then it’s possible that you’ve strained your vocal cords. Your throat might also feel raw or slightly painful when you try to sing or make vocalizations. If you have to exert much more energy to produce the same note as before, then your vocal cords might not be 100%.

It’s best to avoid singing until your voice fully recovers. If you can limit talking or any vocalizations, then that can help as well. Voice strain is often a sign of vocal cord overuse, so giving yourself time to recover is important.

If your voice still sounds odd or if you continue to feel strange after 2 weeks, then it’s time to see your doctor. It’s possible that you’ve developed growths on your vocal cords that are impacting your singing abilities.

Don’t smoke.

If you are currently a smoker, reach out to your doctor for advice. They might suggest a nicotine patch or even a medicated approach to quitting smoking. It might not be possible to quit immediately, but even cutting down on smoking can have a positive effect on the quality of your voice.

Smoking not only irritates your throat and vocal chords, it can also damage your lung capacity and ability to hold notes.

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