Tips for Healthy Singing
HOW DOES THE VOICE WORK?
The vocal cords (or folds) are two small muscles located within the larynx (voice box) that are responsible for voice production. They are very delicate, small and thin (like a strand of hair) and located in the center of the neck.
Majority of the time, the vocal cords are apart, forming a "V" shaped opening. During speech or singing, the vocal cords come together and vibrate to produce sound. Different speech or singing sounds are created through movements of the lips and tongue.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR VOICE
Your voice and body make up your instrument. Take care of your instrument. Just like a Trumpet or a Violin there are special ways to take care of your voice.
-DO NOT yell (like at a baseball game).
-DO NOT “belt” or push in your singing voice.
-Drink plenty of fluids to keep your throat from becoming dry.
-Do not drink or eat dairy products, soda or chocolate before singing becasue it
may cause phlegm to develop in the throat. (This may not affect an individual's
vocie, but it is recommended to not partkae in these foods before singing) -
-Get plenty of rest the night before chorus rehearsals and concerts.
-Exercise your voice daily through warm-ups, vocal exercises and singing.
***PLEASE DO NOT EVER SING IF IT HURTS!!!***