So it’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and actually post anything. But one thing that’s different from last time – it’s definitely got colder!
Working one to one with students of all ages, from 5 year olds to 50 + I find myself saying the same thing to all of them, This is the time of year when we need to really start looking after ourselves!The cold is a killer for singers. With it comes runny noses, sore throats, chesty coughs so many cold like symptoms that can make singing that much more difficult.
So my advice?
Wrap up warm, my teachers used to tell me off if I ever turned up to their lessons without a scarf on!
If your starting to come down with something – make sure you rest and don’t just “power on through” it will all catch up with you eventually!
If your voice is starting to go – take it easy, rest now – means that you will recover quicker and will be back to your old self in no time.
Steam regularly – Invest in a steam inhaler and then actually use it! i forgot how much these actually help you until recently – I was full of cold – I had all but lost my voice, thought I was fine until i found myself having a coughing fit in one of my lessons – silly dry throat! I popped on the kettle and used the steamer for a few minutes and I was fine, I survived another 2 lessons that night after that!
The rest is common sense, but for my regular giggers please have a thought for your voices when you’re walking in and out of hot venues out into the cold. Waiting for late comers that your holding tickets for, nipping out for a breath of fresh air can be a shock to the vocal cords that you can’t afford to have just before your about to go on stage! If you have to leave a warm venue, wrap up! just because your body doesn’t feel the cold immediately doesn’t mean your vocal cords cant!
Spare a thought guys – If singing is important to you – you can’t afford to let your voice down this winter!