Tips for YOUR most amazing singing voice from Voice Coach and Stagefright whisperer Elise Besler.
Sleep: as a singer, sleep is your bestie and a non-negotiable. Your body is your instrument. Your body needs rejuvenation time. If you want to sound your best, make rest a priority.
Truth speak and set boundaries: Your voice is the muscle of your soul and it needs your love and attention to achieve the things you want it to do. Radical Voice Love requires us to trust our truth and express it, even when our voices shake. Especially then. Strong voices are built through patience and practice. Expressing your truth is a practice. Have patience and practice often.
Manage Stress: 98% of what we need to do as singers is: get out of our heads. Stress causes physical tension and can cause our voices to feel worn. Meditation, yoga and breathwork are great stress management techniques into your own voice practice. Movement is also key (see next point).
Movement: moving your body gives the excess stress and adrenaline a job to do. If it’s not used up, it will find a job to do inside of your body… most of performance anxiety is caused by unused adrenaline so… before you sing, and on a regular basis, get your body moving so you can truly embody the sound.
Have an embodiment practice: yoga, breathwork, dance or purposeful movement WITH sound can help you dive deeper into what it means to make sound. Your entire body is involved in the process of singing, and it’s important to give yourself space to explore it all.
WATER: This should actually be number one. If you want your voice to be flexible and full of life when you sing, water is non negotiable. Your baseline is 8 glasses per day but I would aim for half your body weight in oz. Meaning, if you weigh 100lbs (example), you’d drink 50 oz/day. Eating lots of water based fruits and veggies and drinking herbals teas is also a great way to get your fluids in!
Understand your voice: Working with a functional voice coach (that’s me, hi!), can help you understand your instrument so you can use it effectively and have a long and healthy career or hobby singing life. Being mindful of how much you use your voice is also important. Timing your rehearsals and practices and limiting the amount you speak on show/rehearsal days can reduce the possibility of vocal cord inflammation, fatigue and burnout.
Eat well: You know the foods I’m talking about! Incorporate more whole foods, lots of colourful foods into your diet. Remember, you’re feeding your instrument as well as your tastebuds!
Interested in leaning into your own voicework? Connect with Elise HERE and book your voice coaching sessions!
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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.