Vocal Health

 

Obviously vocal health is very important for good singing. That includes several aspects.  First and foremost we need to be aware of how our voice is doing at the moment.  We need to be sensitive to where we are vocally. 


We need to know:

  1. 1.when we are not at our best,

  2. 2.when we are warmed up enough so that our voice can handle the coming effort and

  3. 3.whether our voice is tiring or tensing up as we are going along in singing.


HEALTH

Singing takes effort so our bodily health is important.  Especially when we have respiratory illnesses we need to know our voice.  Of course avoiding respiratory problems is the ideal and personally we take a medicine called Umka at the very first sign of respiratory problems..  But when we are down a bit health wise, we need to vocalize carefully.  I’ve found that I can work out a certain amount of laryngitis if I work carefully.  Singing softly at a moderately low pitch is the place to start.  In fact, if it’s really laryngitis, you may have have to start really low.  Work from there and see what you can develop - just don’t overdo it.  Often with laryngitis, the falsetto is hardly there at all but I’ve found that you can usually work that a bit too.


WARMING UP

There are various points to consider about warming up properly.  It dependents on 1) the time of day, 2) how much you have used your voice previously, 3) your voice part and 4) what you are expecting to do with your voice.  We will be dealing with warm up procedures on the next pages.  For now, the point is to be aware if you are not warmed up properly.  If you do have to sing in that condition, try to sing almost as if you were warming up.   And for high modal notes, go into falsetto at a lower pitch level.


TIRING VOICES

As we sing, we are using up our voice to some extent.  Starting out with warm ups, developing into a good singable voice, going on to our maximum quality & control and then deteriorating toward the end.  The better our vocal production,.  (See my website on “Better Singing Thru Register Understanding”), the more endurance we will have.  It seems like Tenors and Bari’s last better than Basses and Leads but I think most of that depends on their vocal production.  Especially prone to wear out is the upper modal area of the voice.   At any rate, be aware of how tired and tight your voice is getting and adjust accordingly.



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                          I appreciate any comments or suggestions.

                                 tednorton@roadrunner.com