Touring and the singer

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Not so long ago I received an email from a singer by the name of Vanessa Murray. She was gathering information to help her with her MA dissertation on the topic of how touring affects the voice. I thought you might find this information of use too so have published the answers I gave her […]

Did you know not all doctors are equal when it comes to the singing voice?

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It seems more and more singers are developing voice problems as they embark on their singing careers. Several recent famous examples include Adele, Sam Smith, Jess Glynne and John Mayer. In this video, Dr. Steven Zeitels talks about surgery like Adele’s and the use of voice in the modern day. Unlike the elite singer, most of […]

Hypermobility and singing – is it relevant?

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I’ve been learning a lot of interesting things about performers and medical issues. One topic which piqued my interest and gave me an ah-ha moment was that of hypermobility aka double-jointedness This condition can be an advantage for some performing artist but if you are a singer and have it in your larynx that could […]

Vocal care DOs and DON’Ts

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DO + Keep well-hydrated 1-1.5l/day. More if energy output increases or you’re in a hot environment. + Maintain good general health with a balanced diet. + Consider planning your eating around your performance needs. + Maintain regular vocal practice and training. + Get a vocal instructor who understands how to train and exercise the voice […]

OMG it’s TMJD! Temporalmandibular Joint Disorder and the singer

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I recently answered a question in “Singing Coaches/ Teachers“, on Linkedin, from a teacher who has a student who’s jaw clicks and dislocates when she sings on an AH sound. This clicking could be due to Temporalmadibular Joint disorder, in other words, a disorder of the jaw joint. The symptoms can be in the form […]

Exercise tip for tired voices

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Semi-Occluded Vocal Tract exercises using a simple straw may help alleviate a tired or fatigued voice. They can be used for the singing or speaking voice before and after voice use. You can incorporate these exercises into your routine vocal warm up and cool downs, when recovering from a cold or respiratory illness or if […]

Good voice care for singers: factors that influence your vocal health

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Good voice care is key to keeping you singing. As with anything, there are dangers lurking about that will interfere with your vocal health and function. Many of these influences are within your control, but some may require medical intervention to treat. There are numerous things that can interfere with the efficiency and function of your […]

Adele cancels tour, due to voice problems…again!

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Another tour cancelled due to poor vocal health and use. Haemorrage of the vocal folds often occurs as result singing with swollen vocal folds. Swelling can occur for a variety of reasons such as throat infections, cold infections, gastric reflux, bad vocal technique or even in certain times of the menstrual cycle. If you tend […]

John Mayer cancels concerts due to vocal issues

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John Mayer has just announced that he has had to cancel his up and coming concerts due to vocal issues. He stated he has “something next to my vocal cords called a granuloma.” Unfortunately, the condition is as bad as it sounds, especially to a singer or professional voice user. A granuloma is a growth resulting […]