As a vocal coach for decades, Isaac Honig, the founder of CLYOR, has noticed how common it is for young and aspiring singers to overlook the importance of their vocal health. If practice makes perfect, how could you practice too much? Well, you can, and there are some other factors that demand consideration too, especially at the earliest stages.
It’s important to remember that the habits we go over here aren’t just to make you a better singer tomorrow. Rather, they form a mentality that will ensure your voice stays reliable for the length of your career. Otherwise, you could look back later on and wish you had.
I'm not quite sure you can blame hydration for making a performance great, but a lack of hydration has broken many performances. It's easy to find out exactly how much water you should be consuming every day based on your lifestyle, age, weight, and other factors using online tools. (Here’s one from Slender Kitchen!) Being aware of what dehydrates you is important for pre-performance consumption, even multiple days in advance. And when you are on stage, have water handy!
Be Compassionate to Your Passion
What would you do if you weren't a singer? Let's both agree that we don't want to find out. That's why it is imperative to limit the amount of time you spend exerting your voice. On top of your weekly lessons—be they online, in person, or on your own—you should be practicing at least fifteen minutes and up to an hour per day depending on your progress and level. This depends on the individual, but if you are not on vocal rest, staying sharp is crucial. Otherwise, you could sound "sharp" on stage!
Consider Your Diet and Overall Health
Exercise and proper diet don't just make you look better, they make you feel and sing better too. Dairy products lead to mucus buildup; alcohol and salty foods actively dehydrate; coffee and spiciness can be throat irritants; carbonation causes gas; and icy cold drinks are constricting. Avoid all of the above.
But sometimes, you can't avoid it all. Frankly, some things just can't be sacrificed either. And unexpected dryness, irritations, or even a slight bug can come out of nowhere. We've all been there. My advice? Grab a bottle of CLYOR's Voice37 for those moments where you need a vocal booster in a pinch!
Don't Be Afraid to Rest
You want singing to be your livelihood. Maybe it already is! Which is why you shouldn't be afraid to take a break from using your voice from time to time. It avoids causing permanent damage you can't detect until later on. If you notice any discomfort or strain: stop, don't force it. Taking a three-day break from any speaking can be smart for your voice in both the short- and long-term. And when you do need to talk while on vocal rest, talk normally. Little known fact: whispering is actually worse for your voice!
Go for Better
No matter what your art, it's easy to fall into the trap of simply doing the work every day rather than figuring out the best ways to improve your skills. This is where a vocal coach is going to be hugely beneficial. As long as you're actively learning and mastering new repertoires, switching up your vocal habits to improve verbal dexterity, and work to understand the different approaches of warm ups, workouts, and repertoire, you'll get better rather than maintain your current level.
Where to Start
Looking for exciting and supportive insights and training? Of course you are! It's the only way to improve in ways you know are effective and professional.
Well, you're in luck!
Reserve your spot at August 2018's WomenCrushNYC Studios vs. Live Performance Workshop on Friday, August 17 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM for. It's hosted by The Vocal Workout, located at 580 Broadway, Suite #304.
BONUS: As a sponsor of the event, we're giving out free CLYOR to all attendees too.
If you're an aspiring female singer in the area, you don't want to pass this up. We can’t wait to see you (and hear you) there!
The team at CLYOR is passionate about the past, present, and future of singing. It's why we've developed three, chemical-free formulas to both support vocal health and heighten a singer's sound. It's also why we've cultivated a small but avid community of passionate singers on Instagram, where you'll find tips, insights, and more. Passionate about singing? Enhance your natural talent with an all-natural vocal booster at Clyor.com, and follow us at @MoreClyor to get a daily dose of inspiration, tailored towards pushing your career forward.