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How To Maintain A Golden Voice When Performing Or Recording

Whether you’re performing or recording your next hit, you want to put your best voice forward. How you sing and take care of your voice is an integral part of being a vocalist of any kind. Singing is often your livelihood. Even though maintaining your voice is essential, it is not uncommon for artists to overextend themselves, thinking belting out a note will be a no-brainer.

Pushing it to the limit can be a mark of determination yet it can also lead to conditions like vocal fatigue. To avoid muscle pain, breaking notes, sore throat, and all the other symptoms of vocal fatigue, there are simple and effective ways to keep your voice fresh whether you’re performing night after night or ready to record.

 

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Warm Up

If you think of your voice as a muscle, then you’ll make the connection that working out is a significant part of having great muscles. With this in mind, you can understand that jumping right into a workout can be injury-inducing. Similar care and thought should be considered when keeping your voice in tip-top shape. Warming up your voice is essential to keep your strength. Before any performance or time when you’ll be singing, going through a series of vocal exercises can help you maintain a golden voice. Singing low, doing runs, and getting your lips and voice moving with lip trills are small moments that pay off considerable down the line.

Hydration is Everything

To avoid a hoarse singing voice, stay hydrated as much as possible. Although it’s tempting to go for juice, soda or the harder stuff, straight water is best. It’s the age-old story, but not only is drinking water healthy it will keep your vocal cords nourished. Staying hydrated to can help ward off sickness and raspiness by keeping clearing away phlegm.

If downing water all the time isn’t a viable option for you, there are other water-enriched methods.  Eating fruits like melons or breathing in steam can be beneficial practices as well. Nonetheless, they are great additions to drinking water as well. Most of all, make sure to seek out other options that work best for you.

Cool Down & Rest

Just like exercise, after you’ve pushed your voice to the max, cooling down your voice is as important as warming them up. A cool-down can help you move smoothly from high intensity singing to a regular tone of voice. An abrupt transition can be jarring and detrimental in the long run. Therefore it is critical to sing a sliding/descending scales, i.e. moving from your highest note to your lowest. Also, doing more lip trills can calm cords and keep them from straining.

Additionally, making time to rest your voice as much as possible is always helpful. This can include getting enough sleep, minimizing talking, especially yelling, and drinking warm liquids. Even if you are feeling the onset of vocal fatigue, resting will be highly beneficial to keeping it away and helping you through.

 

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Kai McDaniel is a Los Angeles-based writer, lover of entertainment, art, and film.