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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: On the Road – Care and Precautions

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Travel can often be taxing on the body.
If you're doing airplane travel,
you've got the different cabin pressures
as you take off and fly.
When you come back down to earth.
And as well, in an airplane, the air is
very dry.
It's, and resultingly,
it's very important when you're doing
airplane travel to stay well hydrated.
If you can buy yourself a bottle of water
in the airport once you're
through security these days, and bring it
on board,
you'll be more likely able to drink more
regularly than.
Depending upon the, steward or stewardess
on the airplane to
keep bringing you little, these little
glasses of water.
So, that's a, a, a little, a little bit of
Get you own bottle once you're through
security, bring it on and,
the other thing is, if you ask for water
on the airplane, get it not iced.
And this is not for anything that I said
earlier, but
rather the ice is coming from tap water.
It's not good water.
And so they might use bottled water to
pour into the glass, but
then when they put the ice in it, it's
crap, basically.
So, you've done, you got this wonderful
water you know, pouring in there, and
then they add this other stuff and it adds
So, if you end up drinking water, just ask
for non-iced.
Okay, so, the other thing is if you end up
bubbly stuff like soda, which is one of
the things actually one should avoid.
That can end up holding onto or retaining
And you can end up with some swelling in
your ankles, wrists, etc.
And it can, it's called edema and it can
take awhile for
the body to end up finally releasing that
So it can be pretty uncomfortable and
while that
won't necessarily affect your voice so
much, it affects the body overall and
it just makes moving the body around
Not, you may not travel yet on the road as
a singer or
you may, but either way the way the,
the manner in which you handle your
nutrition and your
hydration is important because you take
your instrument with you wherever you go.
And if you don't treat it well it won't
like you so
much when you do wanna use it as a singer.
Okay, a couple of other things about
airplane travel.
It's better to sit in front of the wing,
not right away, but,
you know, forward cabin, then in the back.
And the reason why is it's quieter there.
When you're on or behind the wing, you get
more of the noise of the engines and such.
And this can actually reduce your hearing
So your ability to hear yourself when you
sing, and
we'll cover this a little later, too, is
very, very important.
And if you end up with some hearing loss,
temporary, but
still, some hearing loss and then you're
going to sing shortly after and
it hasn't recovered, you will tend to push
And that all backfires and creates too
much tension, blah, blah, blah.
So, try to sit forward cabin.
The other thing is try not to talk when
you're on the airplane.
Most likely you'll end up talking to
This is true of going to clubs as well, by
the way.
It's very important to figure out your
speaking volume and not push past that,
because that can basically make you, end
up making you hoarse.
And then you don't want to sing over that,
then it takes a while to heal the voice,
and it's just not.
It's best to avoid it.
So, those are some things about airplane
And then, the other thing is, watch out
about fast food.
We spent some time taking a look at
nutrition in an earlier lesson and
this applies to a lot of the fast food
that's really high in fat and
fried often and lots of saturated fat in
And it can make the body logy.
It can cause inflammation,
which will get into your vocal folds as
well where they fatten up and
they can't stretch and vibrate as
vibrantly as you would like them to.
And then what most people do tend to do,
is under these limitations, still
trying to get the voice to do what you
want it to do, you start pushing in on it.
So, what you eat is important.
Try to stay away from that heavy, fried,
breaded stuff and try to keep it lean.
All right.
Hydration, airplane travel, and
the next thing has to do with cold
When you go outside and it's cold, snow,
doesn't necessarily mean that it is nice
and moist outside.
When there's snow, it's cold enough that
it actually becomes very dry.
And breathing in this dry air
will affect your voice and in, not in a
good way, so
my advice for that is to get a nice scarf
and just wrap it around,
not only your neck for warmth, but around
your nose.
And that way, when you breathe in and
out, the moisture in your breath will get
caught in the, in the scarf, and
it will keep that air that you're
breathing hydrated so you won't dry out.
And it'll maintain the warmth of the air
that you're breathing in,
rather than the harshness of the cold air.
Your voice will thank you for that.
Those are my tips for traveling.
The other, only other one is stay rested,
work on figuring
out how to get adequate sleep, and, keep
the exercise going.