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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Remedy: How to Steam Your Voice

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Sometimes after you've sung, your voice
may feel,
froggy, heavy, tired or.
You just may feel that way because you've
gotten sick you've talked too much.
You went to a ball game and you yelled and
yelled and yelled and now, whoops.
What happened to your voice?
[LAUGH] So this is a remedy for when your
voice feels kind of heavy, froggy, hoarse.
Of course, technique wise, as we move
through the curriculum and
you work out on the exercises and stuff
you'll gain more and more vocal stamina,
so it will support a wide variety of uses
of your voice.
However, every so often, things happen,
what can I say, and you need this remedy.
This is best done at night before you go
to sleep.
I'll show you how to do it and I'll give
you a few other tips on when and
what to do with it.
Okay, so here's Novi.
And the first thing that you need is a
It doesn't have to be this big, but what
you're gonna do is put some water in it,
put it on the stove, get it to boil.
When you're done boiling it, it doesn't
have to be a big bowl,
a cereal or a soup bowl is fine, and you
pour that water into the bowl.
Then, [NOISE] I'll put this aside.
You take a bath towel, or a towel that's
large enough to
make a tent over your head, and bend down.
Now watch this.
This water is pretty hot, and there's
steam coming off of it.
You don't want to get too close, because
it gets really hot and
it'll be too hot for you.
So, right about that.
Let's say the steam is kind of coming up
about that level.
And, you just make a tent.
Now, in this case this towel is a little
small, so it's not
covering the whole area that we need, but
we want to just tent around there.
Like that, and gently breathe through your
Don't breathe deep.
That will pull that heat in too far.
But just gently and
you might wanna have a box of tissues
handy because it can make your nose run.
But do that for about five minutes.
And that's it.
So again, it's that tent, really helps to
hold in the steam.
And you just breathe, you know, easy.
Don't suck it in way deep.
Through your mouth.
It's also good for your face, but
[LAUGH] we're doing this as a vocal
remedy, and you get a nice perk from it.
You get a little steam on your face and
So again, do this, best just before you go
to sleep so
that you don't speak or whisper for.
Well, you don't wanna speak or whisper for
20 minutes afterwards because the muscles
are going through so many changes and
that's why you're doing it.
And on the other hand, you could also do
it in the morning,
you could do it in the afternoon.
Just as long as you have that period of
time where you aren't talking,
you aren't whispering, you aren't asking
your voice to work for you, and you're
just letting it go through the changes
that the steaming will present you with.
Additionally, make sure that you don't go
outside at least a half hour after
doing it, and the reason for that is
you've just opened up a lot of stuff,
and, and if it's really cold out.
It's going to be too much of a change and,
it'll just be like too harsh on your
Which, interestingly enough, can end up
making you, feel hoarser, more hoarse.
Not, not less.
The effects of this steam internally on
the muscles
will help shrink the swelling of your
vocal folds,
which is why in fact your voice feels
tired, or hoarse, or too heavy.
So, it just helps, first it, it, it,
expands, and
then the result from there is they
contract a bit and
get back to a more healthy consistency if
you will.
The size of them and such go back to a
more normal state.
And so they can vibrate better, and then
your voice ends up sounding better,
cuz your voice has to do with the
vibrations that they give you.
And, and so that's, that's pretty much it.
I would not do it more than about four
times in a given week.
Because that's just putting your, your
vocal muscles through too many
constant changes from the steam and the
heat, but about four times is good.
If you need it, you might not, and that's
it, enjoy the results.