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Learn why taking good care of your voice is essential. Tips on vocal health and how to care of your voice!

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It is absolutely essential to take care of your vocal cords

Taking good care of your voice as a singer is essential as it is your musical instrument and you must protect it as much as you can.

Taking good care of a piano for instance isn’t that complicated as long as you get it tuned on a regular basis and ensure that the temperature and humidity/dryness of the room is maintained at a consistent level.

In the unlikely case that it would get damaged, you can always purchase a new one, but you can sadly not buy a new voice!

That is the reason why you should really protect your voice as much as you possibly can.

You must be careful as your voice can easily be exposed to various dangers which could create severe damages.

In this article, we are happy to share some tips that can help you prevent injuries and ensure that your voice perform at its best at all times.

Here is some advice that can definitely help you take care of your voice and improve your overall singing!

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The most common fear of singers is getting a cold or a flu as it results in not being able to sing at all

Avoid getting a cold where possible

The most common fear of singers is getting a cold or a flu as it results in not being able to sing at all. Losing your voice could be compared to playing a violin without strings so always ensure to dress well, especially during the winter season. Wear appropriate clothing and always add a scarf to your outfit. Washing your hands regularly is also important too to avoid getting any illness.

Using a humidifier in your residence is a good idea.

Keep the level of humidity to 30%.

If you do unfortunately get ill, do not sing and avoid using your voice when possible.

If you are a singer, smoking should be avoided and drinking alcohol should be restricted.

It is a fact that smoking irritates the vocal folds and alcohol make them dry.

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Always drink lots of water when singing

Water, food and sleeping

Drinking plenty of water is however perfect for your vocal folds.

Eating spicy foods should also be avoided as it can cause stomach acid to move into the throat, but adding vegetables and fruits in your diet is excellent to keep your mucus membranes healthy!

Sleeping enough hours and being well-rested is important as fatigue has a negative effect on your voice. Exercising regularly is also brilliant as it helps you keep a good posture and improve your breathing. Good breathing being key to the enhancement of your voice!

We all have a beautiful natural voice that we should all cherish, but it is even more important if you are a singer.

Other musicians produce a sound with a musical instrument. In your case, your instrument is your voice so the only way to produce a wonderful tone is to look after your voice and take care of it!

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Remember to breathe properly and be free in your body when singing!

Warm up properly and remember to breathe!

Warming up before singing is also essential. All instrumentalists warm up before performing and athletes prepare their muscles before playing to avoid injuries, so there is no reason why you should not do the same!

You might not know the exercises that should be done before singing, but do not worry as an expert singing instructor will be able to show you how to proceed.

Taking breaks regularly during your practice sessions is also important as you should not practise with a tired voice. It is similar for pianists, violinists or any other instrumentalists. They must rest their fingers and not study for long period of time. Otherwise, they could might injury themselves.

At The London Singing Institute, we take great care of our pupils and we always ensure that their voice get trained properly in order to avoid any injury. We also make sure that their voice become as beautiful as they deserve to be!

If you study at The London Singing Institute, your vocal instructor will also teach you a few breathing exercises that are fundamental.

Breathing properly is key to the development of your voice and improvement of your tone production.

He or she will help you find your natural voice placement and choose songs that work well for your vocal range. Songs can also be transposed to suit your voice better.

We do hope that this article is useful and that you now have a better idea of how to take care of your voice!

Discover 10 reasons why you should start to sing!

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  1. The first reason to sing is for JOY! Joy for yourself, joy to others and joy with others!! If you can sing you won’t want to stop singing for own pleasure and those around you which leads to the next reason:
  2. To ENTERTAIN. maybe just in your own home or on a professional basis. It may be that you want to sing with others such as in a choir or a band. Use it as an opportunity to meet people and have a hobby. Or use it more to build a career in the industry, backing singer or even the lead. Full-time, part-time or voluntary.
  3.  CHILDREN love singing. To sing along with them is so fun but embarrassing if you can’t hit the high notes of todays Top Ten hits. Have a few singing lessons to sing along.
  4. To expand your CREATIVITY in songwriting and singing. To be able to express yourself in song whether it be in ballads of love or in rock anthems of angst and discontent.
  5. For your HEALTH. Those with depression find it uplifting from the endorphins released. Anybody suffering from stress or anxiety can feel the benefits of singing. Taking your mind off your life situations and enjoying a pleasure from within yourself.
  6. Singing is a great CONFIDENCE booster giving you a sense of well being and happiness all while filling the mind with beautiful words and sound.
  7.  EXERCISE. Singing exercises the heart aerobically and the facial muscles.
  8. To be able to LISTEN better. You hone into your audio skills in vocals and other sounds in general.
  9. Its FREE. Can do anywhere, anyplace and with anyone. or alone. Loud, quiet, anyhow.
  10. Its FUNDAMENTAL to sing. Whoever you are. From pro to hairbrush… We all sing in one way or another. From musicians that live and breath it daily to the people that hum away to unknown songs on a radio. We all sing and enjoy music to some degree. It would be a travesty if we didn’t

To find out more about our singing courses and classes for adults in the City of London, please visit our singing course page here.

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