My very first private voice lesson started like this, "Hi, I'm Ashley and I want to take voice lessons because I'm singing Frozen too much and I'm hurting my throat and losing my voice." If you've ever lost your voice because of singing, keep reading!
Our resident voice teacher, Executive Director, and magic voice healer, Lindsay Rinaldi gave me some tips for saving your body in the midst of a voice crisis.
Drink PLENTY of water.
Make sure you get a full night's sleep every night.
I keep a lot of throat coat tea in the lounge that anyone is welcome to use.
Make sure you warm up sufficiently before you sing. This helps tremendously. I always try to stretch and vocalize for at least 20 minutes before I really start practicing
Limit going back and forth between speaking and singing. I usually minimize my own singing while I'm teaching.
When you are speaking, make sure you are using your body to support your spoken voice as well as your singing voice (this has a tendency to slip when going back and forth).
Bonus tip: If you think your throat is really swollen, try drinking some water with a drop or two of peppermint oil in it. Lindsay told me it would taste like a candy cane, and just as I took a sip she said, "Oh, and it might burn a little". As I began coughing, she also added, "And don't put that into a cup you want to use again, it can destroy the lining of a plastic cup, but don't worry, your stomach lining is much stronger!" So, take that advice for what you will!
Have you ever struggled with losing your voice? What helped you? Agree or disagree with any of these tips? Leave a comment below!