How to maintain a good singing voice?

Posted by Pratibha Sarathy on 06 Mar 2018

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Our voice is such an important instrument in the singing process. I meet a lot of people who have great music sense and knowledge, but their voice does not cooperate when the they sing. So here are a few tips on how to maintain a good and healthy voice so that it doesn't let you down at showtime!

1.Voice culture - Just like our body muscles need exercise for strength and toning, our voice needs culturing to develop a smooth and strong tone. Voice training is completely different from music training and is often ignored. Some good lessons with a professional voice trainer will help you understand how to use your voice in the right way and give you some effective exercises to maintain a healthy voice.

2.Overall voice usage - We do many things with our voice apart from singing - we talk, we laugh, we shout, we cry etc. These can greatly affect our singing as well. Some people have the habit of talking loudly or shouting, which can cause a lot of strain our voice. So maintain a medium volume while you speak, and keep taking breaks. If you generally a chatty person, you run the risk of straining your voice due to overuse. So make it a point to find gaps to take complete voice rest and rejuvinate your voice.

3.Hydrate! - Dryness in the throat is the biggest reason for vocal damage. Our vocal cords need to be constantly hydrated. Keep sipping on water every 10-15 mins and make sure your throat never goes dry.

4.Avoid bad foods - Foods like ice cream, milk and other diary products (induce phlegm), Spicy foods and coffee (cause throat irritation), Alcohol (causes dryness in the throat), Ice cold drinks (cause constriction of throat).

5.Know your vocal range and voice type - Often we tend to imitate various singers without realising that the song is beyond our range or not suitable to our voice type. This causes severe vocal damage and is very unhealthy. It's very important for you to know your exact vocal range and choose the correct songs that are suitable to your voice. Take professional help to find your vocal range and voice type.