Filipinos are well-known for their love of music – no matter what the mood or occasion, from barangay singing competitions to all-night karaoke sessions, it’s not unusual to find Pinoys more than happy to burst into song. Of course, as with any form of musical instrument, great care needs to be taken for maintenance, and the voice is no exception. Irritating the vocal folds, whether from poor technique or overuse can lead to sore throat, which will keep you off the stage until it heals.
Here are some easy, cost-effective ways to keep your voice in tip-top shape!
REMEMBER TO WARM UP
Like any other muscles, you’re going to need to warm up your vocal folds before putting them through a musical workout. Don’t worry, you don’t need to do any opera-style vocalizations – just do some low-range humming for 5-10 minutes, and you’ll be fine! After that, you can do 5-10 minutes of an “ahhhhh” sound. Be sure to do this a couple of times a day when you foresee heavy voice use, or at least 15 minutes before it’s time to dazzle your audience.
KNOW YOUR RANGE
Now, everyone loves a good Queen or Celine Dion song, but if your throat hurts from the way you’re singing, either you’re doing it wrong, or it just isn’t meant to be!Singing in your natural tone should be natural and freeflowing – your ideal vocal range should comprise the range between the lowest and the lowest highest notes you can manage to produce comfortably and consistently.
ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED
It’s important to keep the layers of your vocal folds moist to stay healthy. Food and drink that’s high in caffeine can cause drying or irritation, so you’ll be better off with water. The traditional minimum of 6-8 glasses throughout the day should do the trick, especially if you plan on singing for an extended period of time.
LEARN TO RELAX
With today’s fast-paced lifestyles and every challenges, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid stress. Getting enough sleep at night and proper exercise a few times a week are a great help, while also avoiding placing excessive stress on your vocal folds caused by shouting. Keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with taking some time out to take care of yourself, and if you decide to reward yourself with a karaoke session, then we are all for it!
In case you do get a sore throat from one ballad too many, you can always turn the natural sore throat spray, which relieves with the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Chamomile Extract, Methyl Salicylate, Peppermint, Sage, Dwarf Pine-Needle, Bergamot, Anise, and Cineol oils (Kamillosan M Spray).
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
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