Hello live vocalists! We already know that performing live can be tough enough – nerves, pressure, worrying about the overall sound of your singing voice. But trying to put on a show with a voice that isn’t healthy isn’t just bad for you, it’s bad for you audience’s ears too! Below are a few simple tips you can do to make sure you maintain healthy vocal chords so you can sing like you were meant to!
Get a vocal coach:
- Get a professional vocal coach! Using a vocal coach will not only help you extend your range, but it will also teach you how to control your voice. Keep in mind even the most professional singers use vocal coaches regularly, so don’t feel just because you can already sing well you don’t need one.
- Consider using a voice therapist. A speech-language pathologist who is experienced in treating voice problems can teach you how to use your voice in a healthy way.
- Use a keyboard or voice tuner to help you practice everyday. This will keep your voice from going off key if you can’t get regular coaching.
Use your voice wisely:
- Try not to overuse your voice! If you voice is hoarse or tired, avoid speaking or singing completely.
- Do not try and sing when you are sick. Illness puts extra stress on your your vocal chords, so just rest up until you feel ready.
- Avoid using the extremes of your vocal range at all costs, such as screaming or whispering. Talking too loudly and too softly can both stress your voice.
- Avoid talking in noisy places that force you to have to talk above the noise, Even if you aren’t fully screaming, it can causes strain on the voice.
Watch your breathing and posture:
- Practice good breathing techniques when singing or talking. Support your voice with deep breaths from the chest, and don’t rely on your throat alone. Singers and speakers are often taught exercises that improve this kind of breath control. Talking from the throat, without supporting breath, puts a great strain on the voice.
- Avoid positions that strain your neck, such as motions like cradling the phone when talking, sleeping with your neck at an angle and holding your head in your hand. The main problem today is cradling the phone between the head and shoulder for extended periods of time – this can cause serious muscle tension in the neck!
Use a microphone when appropriate:
- Consider using a microphone when appropriate. In relatively static environments such as exhibit areas, classrooms, or exercise rooms, a lightweight microphone and an amplifier-speaker system can be of great help.
Hope these tips help! Good luck 🙂