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5 Quick Tips to Prepare your Voice for Performance

5 Quick Tips to Prepare your Voice for Performance

When you perform on stage, you exercise your voice throughout the full range. In order to make sure you are better prepared, there are five quick tips that vocal teachers at the Peggy Still School of Music recommend:

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1Keep your voice lubricated with water. A dry throat and mouth can be harmful to the voice on the day of a performance. As a rule, try to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. If you are singing early in the morning, try drinking a glass of hot tea with honey and lemon followed with plenty of water.

2If you are recovering from a cold and have a bit of a “gravelly” feeling in your throat, mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of honey. The vinegar will kill the lingering bacteria and the honey will soothe your throat.

3 Warm up before you sing. Avoid singing too high or loud and soft or low. Keep your warm-ups in the middle range. Be careful not to strain your voice.

4 Watch what you eat. Certain foods can help or harm your voice before a performance. Dairy, pasta, and chocolate will dry your voice out. Apples and soup tend to be recommended because they will lubricate your vocal cords and not dry your mouth and throat. Be sure to not sing on an empty or full stomach. This can alter your ability to sing and breathe effectively. Try to eat healthy foods.

5 Continuously practice before a performance. You will only develop more as a musician if you practice. Try to know your melody, rhythm and lyrics a few weeks in advance of the performance. Grab friends or family and perform your piece for them. This will help you get prepared for an audience.

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