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 […]

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 […]

How gastric reflux can ruin a singer’s day or even career!

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What is Gastric reflux? Singers who suffer from gastric reflux, also known as gastro-oesophageal reflux, acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, GORD (UK) or GERD (US), will relate to the frustration and anxiety of singing with vocal folds that have been affected by this condition. My experience with reflux and the singer I am fortunate and do not […]

5 quick tips for maintaining good vocal health

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A man of wisdom delights in water. Confucius 1. Keep well hydrated  Your vocal folds (cords) need moisture to help them slide over each easily for sound production and pitch adjustment. Hydration comes from drinks and food (veggies and fruits). You need enough to make pale straw coloured pee. 2. Prolonged pain, huskiness, loss of voice and […]