Singing Dos & Don’ts

Singing Dos and Don’ts


Please DO:

• Avoid dairy products and orange juice the day of a performance.

• Avoid places with toxic substances in the air (chemicals, tar, etc.).

• Stay relaxed (avoid stress), especially in thedays before a performance.

• Eat a healthy diet (plenty of good protein, fresh fruits and vegetables).

• Get plenty of rest especially two days before a performance.

• Drink plenty of water.

• Train with a qualified teacher regularly.

• Speak at your own pitch (as in agreeing with someone by saying “mmm-hmm”).

• Vocalize daily.

• Warm up properly before singing.

• See a qualified ENT if you have prolonged hoarseness.

• Sing softly (mark) new songs when you are first learning them.

• Support your singing voice properly.

• Keep your larynx in a comfortable “resting posture” while singing
(don’t let it lock down or jam up).

• Build your voice properly before trying to sing with a lot of power or volume.[/vc_column_text]

Please DON’T

• Belt songs.

• Clear your throat continually.

• Drink alcohol on or before the day of a performance.

• “Pull” the chest-voice (if you are chronically hoarse after singing, see a teacher!).

• Cough excessively.

• Drink coffee directly before a performance, especially if you are sensitive to it.

• Smoke any substance.

• Talk a lot on the day of a performance.

• Try to talk or sing over a chest cold or laryngitis.

• Try to talk over loud noise, (like in bars, amusement parks, big parties, etc.).

• Try to sing if it hurts to swallow.

• Whisper loudly or sing in a “breathy” voice for prolonged periods of time.

• Scream.

• Use recreational drugs and/or mind-altering drugs, especially before singing.

• Try to change your natural speaking voice (make it lower or raspy).


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