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Care For Your Voice During The Cold Winter Months

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Care For Your Voice During The Cold Winter Months

Being a vocalist is a fine-tuned job. When everyone else thinks of the stardom and the spotlight, most choose to ignore the hard work and constant perseverance that accompanies this position. A good voice is something that cannot be wished from a wishing well; it has to be learned and practiced.

The best thing about a vocalist is the ability to make music without any other instrument: your tool is your voice, your throat.

With the onset of winters, comes an increased potential for cold and upper respiratory ailments that can adversely affect your musical ability, and here, we mean the vocalists. Let’s check out some points that you must keep in mind:

Stay Hydrated

Many of you must have noticed that the skin becomes very brittle during winters. Yes, the cold winds, dry air, all contribute to dry skin. It is almost the same case with your voice box.

When dehydrated, your vocal folds are less flexible and you do not perform as well as when hydrated. The easiest remedy: drink a lot of fluids, and champagne does not count. What we mean is water.

Do your vocal warm-ups properly

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When the weather is cold, you need to take extra care to warm-up your voice. And do not be surprised if you take some more time to warm-up your voice in winters, it is quite common.

Don’t sing if it hurts

It is, perhaps, one of the most obvious points. When you are sick and your throat hurts, please do not sing. If it hurts to sing then that’s a warning your vocal health is being jeopardized, so take a break. You don’t want to risk inducing long-term or even permanent damage to your voice.  

Do not smoke

Anyone who is earnest about having a singing profession should not smoke. Smoking has long been associated to induce emphysema and cancer of the mouth and vocal tract. It burns vocal tract membranes and the vocal cords. When these membranes are dry and irritated from the chemicals in smoke, your body tries to neutralize it with secretions. These make you need to free and cough your throat, which causes additional irritation.

Be careful when picking cold remedies and medication 

Some decongestants are known to dehydrate the vocal tract and nasal tunnels. Find something that doesn’t produce dryness. If your doctor has prescribed something for you, but you find it drains you out, make sure you drink loads of water.

One of our favorite everyday cold-busters is rinsing with a salt-water solution. Gargling with your tongue out can help open your throat and the salt in the water can help clean out some harmful bacteria.