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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: What is Vocal Care? Keeping Your Voice in Good Condition

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Keeping your voice in good condition and
having longevity of use of your voice
boils down to certain key elements.
We're gonna cover each one of those
briefly.
The first has to do with actually knowing
your
instrument enough that you have an
understanding of how to work with it.
That includes understanding, as we've
covered earlier, your vocal warm ups and
the use of them plus using vocal cool down
when you're done working your voice.
That alone can make a tremendous
difference for any singer.
Even if when you first open your mouth, it
sounds decent,
it'll always sound better if you've warmed
up properly.
Then, good technique and
the exercises to implement that technique
become very, very important.
These are the, the things that do,
like we've covered, provide you with
natural breath control.
Automatically done for you by your body,
by your instrument.
And exercises that provide you with
strength,
stamina, better tone, increased range,
ease of the use of your voice in whatever
style or styles are of your choice.
Rather than having technique that
restricts
any of the choices that you might want to
make.
Next would be the elimination of harmful
substances and
the presence of substances that promote
good vocal health
like we covered earlier with the different
foods and beverages and such.
That includes of course, nutrition and
proper hydration.
Hydrating again meaning that you're taking
enough water into your body
and, or having enough fluid that has
healthy minerals and
such in it like are found in grapes or
apples or
all the the non-acidic fruits.
Then the next category would be physical
exercise which we've spoken a bit about.
And maintaining enough aerobic exercise,
stretching the body,
working with some low weights for weight
resistance.
But, you can also do exercises that use
the body itself as a weight resistance
aspect.
Such as, push-ups, and deep knee bends,
and things like that.
The next category has to do with getting
adequate rest.
The body depends upon rest to regenerate
itself.
The muscles will work much better for
you if you're gotten enough sleep and if
the sleep has been deep.
If you have problems with sleep, you can
find some natural, not druggy,
but natural sleep aids such as melatonin,
which if you know anything about it or
well if you don't, you can do a Internet
search on it, melatonin.
I'm not saying you should buy it, but
check it out.
It's natural, it's something that the
brain releases to help and
tell the body it's time to go to sleep and
if you do decide to use it,
I recommend the sublingual,
that means under the tongue type, rather
than something that you swallow.
Where, then you would have to digest it
first for it to do anything for you.
Sublingual ends up, you melt it under your
tongue and
it goes right into the body through the
mucus membranes of your mouth.
The final part of taking care of your
instrument,
your voice, has to do with you taking care
of you.
It's a spiritual and emotional well being
aspect.
While it's, can be very true that when
you're feeling emotional travail,
singing and getting your angst out in song
is a wonderful outlet,
on the other hand, when you feel on top of
the world, your voice works way better for
you than when you're feeling really down
and out, and you're all stressed out.
So it becomes actually particularly
important that you address you life.
And you find for yourself those aspects
that help you to,
to maintain and have good relationships.
You surround yourself with supportive
people, not negative people.
You're trying to do something to enhance
yourself as a singer and
if you hang out with people who aren't
doing nothing to do nothing with.
It doesn't really support what you're
doing
as well if you have people in your life
who are trying to talk you out of singing.
That can create a lot of emotional stress
as well, and that realm of,
type of relationship needs to be examined
and addressed, and see how you can change
the tide, so to speak, with having that
kind of negativity.
And instead get the individual to
understand why you want to do this,
that it is important and if they love or
like you and they want to be supportive.
What would that mean, in terms of,
of encouraging you rather than putting you
down about singing?
Ultimately, while your instrument is your
body, it's you that play it.
The way that you think, how you imagine
sound,
the purpose of singing for you.
These are all the things that your body
then responds to.
It's kind of like, you imagine the sound
and that acts as the light switch that
turns the instrument on and gets each of
the aspects of its process going.
To serve out of your mouth what you're
imagining and
how you want to express yourself.
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