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Singers and speakers alike will often acquire throat irritations. This interferes with the voice and interrupts the singing process. This can be most frustrating, especially when we don’t know what causes the irritation. Any type of irritation in the larynx can rob the vocalist of a successful performance. Every singer has a responsibility to learn what to do to avoid throat problems. The tips I’m going to talk to you about are proven — they’ve been tried and tested for years among singers from every genre.

• When we sing loud and long, it is crucial that we use proper breath support to avoid abusing the voice. Always measure the amount of air needed for each phrase. When releasing air as you sing, hold back (suspend) and don’t allow all the air to escape at once.

• A tickle is caused from dryness in the throat. The dryness can cause coughing. To avoid this, drink plenty of room temperature water to keep the vocal cords hydrated. You may also try drinking warm lemon tea, with a small amount of honey before singing. This is better than anything on the market, which really does nothing anyhow.

• Sleeping with a humidifier is necessary for serious singers. The steam from the humidifier, enters the nose and throat, bringing much needed moisture to the area. This is highly important for those who sleep with the mouth open, which dries out the throat. You can also inhale steam from a hot shower or boiled water (put a towel over your head when inhaling the steam). Be careful not to get a steam burn.

• Moisture to the throat is needed at all times, particularly when singing and giving speaking presentations. Sip, sip, and then sip some more all day long. Keep a bottle of room temperature water with you at all times. The throat must be wet and moist in order to function.

• The same holds true for alcohol, antihistamines, most medications, and of course, smoking (including second-hand smoke and vaping). If you can’t control these substances, you’re better off not singing. I personally have worked with very famous singers, who smoke, drink, and do drugs and I have witnessed what happens to these voices. Some artists have spent a small fortune for "quick fixes" just to be able to do a concert and sound great. You would be amazed at who these singers are. So do not fall into these bad and destructive habits in the first place. It will take its toll.

Laryngitis can last a anywhere from a few days to weeks, and it can re-occur again. It can be brought on by a virus. But most singers who contract laryngitis do so by abusing the voice box. The three main reasons for vocal abuse are (1) Yelling or screaming at a sporting event (or at your kids) (2) Singing too loud (over singing) and/or (3) Singing too high.

• Rest. If you suspect signs of vocal abuse, you must rest your voice. Stop singing and even speaking, if you can. Give the vocal bands time to recover and heal. Otherwise, you invite more throat irritation. Bathe your throat with water by drinking not only h20, but warm lemon with honey tea. Using fresh lemons is best and bring faster relief.

• Easy humming. As soon as your throat is better, introduce easy humming before singing vowels found in words. Correct humming gives you a feeling of vibrations in the lips and lip areas. Take care that you "place" the tone in the nasalpharangeal (mask) area. Your singing range must be the middle range of your voice so that it is easy and very relaxed.

• Don’t force it. Never, ever force your singing voice. Good and correct singing should always feel easy. There is never a strained or forced feeling. Like all of Mother Nature’s off-spring, the human voice should be natural and easy, even when singing loud or high. If you feel any discomfort in the throat area, your singing is incorrect.

Breath support. The best friend to the singer and speaker is breath support. With every note you sing, with each word you form, you absolutely must have enough air for the tone to "ride" on. Diaphragmatic breathing acts as a "seat" or "cushion" for the tone. If you try to sing louder or higher without the support for the voice, you will suffer vocal abuse.

Classification of voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass, baritone) is made chiefly according to where the best quality of tone lies within the voice. The maximum range of pitch is determined by the length and size of the vocal folds and the ability to coordinate the vocal muscles with the rest of the body

Every song you sing should be written in your key. What does this mean? Your singing voice has a range which is limited to how high and how low you can sing. When a singer needs the notes to be higher than written in the original key, it means the song needs to be transposed into a higher key. This works the same for low notes.

Most people learn a song by imitation. They repeat what they hear regardless of whether the song is too high or too low for them. When they do this they can damage their voice because they strain the vocal chords. The result can be hoarseness, a sore throat, or eventually vocal nodules will grow on the vocal bands.

How do we know if a song is too high or too low for us? It’s really quite simple. Listen to your body. If singing a high note doesn’t feel easy – the note is too high. The same is true for low notes. Avoid trying to sing any song that is out of your natural vocal range. Otherwise you risk doing severe damage to your vocal cords.

My 9 year old daughter is performing in a show in Branson. She says its like a dream come true. She has told me since she was 4 years old that God wants her to use her voice to be a blessing to others. We moved to Branson after this theater contacted us and wanted to hire her. She is highly allergic to cedar trees and is taking allergy shots for that and many other allergies. She sings and yodels but after a bad case of the croup and taking steroids she still can’t sing. She got up on stage last night and her voice went out on her. Her ENT is going to scope her on Monday and we’re trying to locate Dr Dennis Resting who we’ve heard has worked wonders for other performers in this area. He’s hard to find though. We’ve cut out all dairy, tried local honey, tea, lots of water but her voice isn’t coming back. The worst part is what its doing to her emotionally. She tells me all she wants to do is sing and she doesn’t understand why this is happening to her. Only 1 song a night shouldn’t be too much on her voice. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would be open to them. She’s so sad and complete vocal rest is hard for a child but she’s doing great t it. We have a humidifier that’s by her bed and on 24/7, she does her sinus rinses and gargles salt water… all without me telling her to because she loves to sing. She said the stage is her home… my heart is breaking for her. Look her up on YouTube if you want to hear her. Search channel gecheek or Ezrah Noelle.