How to Maintain your Most Valuable Instrument: Your Voice

            Whether on tour or recording an album it is vital to keep your voice in tip top shape. For independent artists it is particularly important to be self-aware and monitor what you are doing to your voice. There are several tips in particular to keep in mind.

Get the Basics  

In between all the excitement of doing what we need to do to make our music successful, don’t forget the simple things to maintain your voice and yourself. Make sure to sleep well, eat right, stay hydrated, and do regular vocal exercises to keep to chords loose. These simple things can make the difference dome show time.

Self-Confidence Makes a Difference

In a recent Billboard article celebrity vocal coach Mark Baxter explained his best tips for vocal artists. One of the main points he emphasized was the importance for singers to be confidence to get that optimal sound. Baxter explained, “Doubt creates tension and coordination issues. And each one of them individually is what lessons target: throat tension, jaw, tounge.

Watch out for Nodes

Another major point Baxter mentioned was to look out for nodes. He describes that, “Nodes are calluses that form on the edge of the vocal folds, and [they come] from too much friction, too much pushing. It will go away if you stop the friction, but if you don’t, they’ll get bigger and thicker.” It is your job to keep track of the stress you put on your vocals.

Don’t Scream A lot

Now if you are in a hardcore scream rock band this note does not apply, and my prayers go out to your vocals chords. Yet, for everyone else, it is not healthy for your chords to do a lot of screaming. The most important thing to keep in mind on this note is to be aware of what your body is telling you and to not over strain yourself.

Lessons are Worth it

Whether you are a band in your basement or hitting the big time, voice lessons are always worth it. Lessons aid you into developing your voice into a full fledge instrument. Also, lessons can help to facilitate the ideas you have in mind to sing. This can help to expand vocal creativity and control.

 

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