No matter what genre of music you sing, every singer (and we include you too, dear bathroom singer) must learn to maintain healthy vocal health. Thankfully it’s not very complicated. Just following a few tips can keep your vocal cord healthy and allow you to sing in your best voice.
What are vocal cords?
Vocal cords, also called vocal folds, are two triangular bands of tissue that sit at the top of your windpipe. They’re open while you’re breathing, and when you speak or sing, they close, pulling tighter for higher notes, remaining loose for lower notes. You must keep your vocal cords soft, smooth, flexible, and free of inflammation.
To keep your vocal cords healthy, here are five tips to follow for singers. Have a look!
Warm-up, cool down
Ever gone for a run without a proper warm-up, only to get injured? Just as athletes must always warm-up before going for a run, a vocalist must also warm-up before singing. Singing, like, say, running, is also a type of exercise after all. There are a variety of exercises to suit all ages, vocal ranges, and levels of experience. You can make some noise as you warm-up to reach the peak of your voice and then hit the lower notes to warm up your entire vocal range.
After your performance, it’s important to cool down. Yawn, raising your soft palate to release any built-up tension. This will ensure you do not have a sore throat later.
Drink water to sing better. Sounds simple, right? Water is one of the best drinks for your singing and maintain vocal health, with herbal teas in second place. Drink water throughout the day. Your vocal folds work best when they’re well lubricated, and that means keeping your body hydrated.
Humidify your home.
Breathing humidified air helps you to sing better. Overly dry air is very taxing on your breathing and your voice.
Your voice needs rest:
It’s crucial to take some time to give rest to your voice and improve vocal health. Resting voice means no talking, no singing, and no whispering. A tired voice needs time to regenerate, so the longer you rest, the better your voice.
Avoid harmful substances.
Need another reason why smoking is bad for your health? Smoking ruins your voice. When you inhale smoke, your vocal cords get toxins that are harmful to a good voice. Although alcohol’s effect is not immediate, it’s dehydrating and inflammatory.