Some Practical Tips for Vocal Health Part 2

8. Avoid Aspirin or ibuprofen.

These medication thin out the blood and can actually cause bleeding of the vocal chords. Go without medication if you can help it or go with Tylenol as an alternative.

Mucolytic Agents: The most common expectorant is a preparation of long-acting guaifenesin to help liquefy viscous mucus and increase the output of thin respiratory tract secretions. Drugs, such as Mucinex®, may be helpful for singers who complain of thick secretions, frequent throat clearing, or postnasal drip. Awareness of postnasal drip is often caused by secretions that are too thick rather than too plentiful. Mucolytic agents need to be used with a lot of water through the day, to be effective.

9. Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is basically when acid travels up your esophagus and can actually reach your larynx.  Acid reflux can be very common among singers and can usually be avoided by staying away from acidic foods and not eating late at night.  There are medications such as prevacid that can helps acid reflux if it is a continuing problem

10. Sleep

Try to get the recommend amount of sleep each night.  Being tired very quickly effects your voice and you will find yourself unable to produce the desired sound if you are cheating yourself out of sleep.
11. Exercise

Exercise is important on several levels.  Its helps you stay in shape and that of course will aid with productive breathing and stamina in singing.  I also recommend exercising the day of an audition or performance as it can remove stress as well as warm up the voice for singing.

 

12. Milk

Milk can thicken the mucous and make it harder to sing well.  However, it does not seem to have that effect on every singer.  This trick is to know your voice and body well enough to know what does and what doesn’t affect you.

13. Good Diet

Again what you eat can impact your voice.  Food does not actually touch or get on your vocal fold but it can create problems.  For example extremely salty foods can cause dryness and hamper your vocal ability if you eat if before you sing.  Generally speaking healthy food is usually the best for your voice.  Again know your body and your own voice everyone is different.

14. Don’t scream or yell (teenage girls this is for you)

Screaming is extremely detrimental for the voice and most everyone has experienced its affects to some level.  Think of what happens to your voice after screaming at a sporting event or a theme park.  Don’t do it learn to clap.  In extreme situations it is actually possibly to damage or tear a vocal fold by yelling or screaming. Just don’t do it.

15. Warm up

If you are planning on singing for a long period of time or singing difficult music be sure to warm up the voice with exercises.  You will actually be able to sing longer.

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