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!

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