There are some tried and true ways for singers to prepare for performances, recording sessions and rehearsals. In my 20+ years as a voice coach to hobby and professional singers, as well as my own performance experience, I’ve compiled a list of great ways to prepare for your next big show.
5 great ways to prepare your voice for performance:
Rest. Sufficient rest will keep your voice in tip top shape. Your vocal instrument is part of your body and when your body isn’t sufficiently rested, your voice won’t be either.
Hydrate. Any voice coach is going to tell you to drink more water. Period. But there’s a reason for it… your vocal cords function best when they’re lubricated and allows for you to sing with more ease and resilience.
Avoid foods that cause inflammation in YOUR body. Not everyone has a problem with dairy or wheat or sugar BUT if you do, avoid these foods for a few days before your big singing event (or even all together if possible), this will reduce mucous on your vocal cords and keep them freely functioning when you need it most.
Avoid drying drugs like antihistamines. These can wreak havoc on your cords. Try a neti pot for nasal congestion and… I’m gonna say it again, HYDRATE to keep the mucus thin. You CAN try Mucinex (safe for singers) If you have really bad congestion but avoid using it too much.
Saline Nebulizer VOCAL MIST or a regular nebulizer with Hydrasense nasal rinse(0.9% sodium) in it. This has been an absolute game changer for my performing clients. Salt helps to hyperhydrate the vocal cords (retains water) and plumps them up, gets rid of phlegm too!
Try adding these into your pre gig routine and notice how your vocal cords LOVE you for it!
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I live and work on the sacred land of Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, and I acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. Being a steward of culture in the arts industry, I am committed to uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that I offer in this work. ALL voices welcome in my virtual and in person studio.