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  1. Steam VaporSteaming your voice is a soothing treatment you can use to help clear the mucous build-up on the membranes of your vocal folds, larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe) and bronchial tubes in your lungs. You can buy a personal steam inhaler or use this home remedy:

    Boil some water, pour it into a soup bowl. Cover your head with a large towel and make a tent over the bowl being careful not to burn yourself.

  2. Holiday FoodsBy Jeannie Deva

    Sometimes it’s liberating to break some rules and be impulsive, but right before a performance or long singing rehearsal is probably not a good time to be wild. Experience has taught me that to sing freely, easily and perform at the top of my game, I have to maintain a certain diet and avoid some foods, especially right before a performance.

  3. Sleeping womanBy Jeannie Deva

    (Excerpted from her eBook “The Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances”)

    Here are some more tips to help you sleep well. Adequate rest is important for your voice to work well for you.

    • Get regular physical exercise, but don’t do it late in the evening or close to bedtime.
  4. Sleeping WomanBy Jeannie Deva
    (Excerpted from her eBook “The Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances”)
    Adequate Rest

    Your body and your voice need rest in order to function at their best. Since your voice is generated by muscle action, when you sing with a tired body and fatigued muscles you’ll generally use excessive effort to accomplish what a rested body would do more easily.
  5. Pavarotti
    By Jeannie Deva

    "Jeannie, I have been wondering for a long time how age (and other factors like weight), affect vocal range, tone, etc. I have been reading your email tips for a few months and have held off exploring my voice with professional instruction because I am already in my early 40s.
  6. Pavarotti
    By Jeannie Deva

    I think many people fear that as they grow older their voice will deteriorate. From my research and nearly five decades of experience, I would say that age alone is not the reason for decline of the singing voice. 

    My Story

    First let me share my personal experience. You may have difficulty believing what I am about to tell you because it is not what you generally observe as singers age.

  7. Singer's Guide to Powerful PerformancesBest singer foods are discussed in other posts in the Vocal Care category of this blog.
    This post focuses on singer beverages, exercise and rest and is excerpted from Jeannie Deva’s eBook Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances.
  8. The holidays can be a joyous time of year or sometimes a dreaded season from which to recover. Often the difference between the two depends upon how well we deal with familial relationships and whether or not we over-indulge. If you are doing any performing during the holidays, you certainly don’t want to over-indulge in all the fabulous food, libations and desserts.
  9. Alcoholic DrinksHow often have I sat in a club and watched the singer down shots of hard liquor or bottles of beer. In certain genres of Rock music it was so common you’d think alcohol was a “singer’s drink.” Fortunately in recent years this trend has diminished but I recently received an email from a singer asking me if drinking alcohol would adversely affect his voice.
  10. Vocal Care Singer Blog Flu Season
    Even though the holiday season can be fun and joyful, it is also a time when colds and flues seem more prevalent. A common query I get at this time of year is whether or not you should sing when you’re ill. 

    In general the answer would be no, but depending upon which areas of your body are effected, it may be possible to sing if you prefer not to cancel an important performance.
  11. Vocal Care Blog Tips Q: If a singer develops nodules or polyps on their vocal cords from overuse, what is the likelihood of recovery and continued success as a vocalist?" Nola

    A: To begin with, nodules (nodes) and polyps are not the result of "over-use." These vocal fold maladies derive from misuse.
  12. Vocal Care for SingersThis information is not intended as medical advice and does not replace competent medical treatment when symptoms are severe or the result of infection.

    The following four herbal supplements can usually be purchased at most pharmacies and health food stores. All four can assist in reducing vocal hoarseness and fatigue.

  13. Vocal Care for SingersWhen your voice is tired and irritated from over use or misuse, there are several remedies that help it recover faster. None of these remedies, however, take the place of seeking professional assistance if your vocal problems are chronic or serious. You can seek assistance from a good vocal coach and/or an otolaryngologist or ENT(a medical doctor who is Ear Nose and Throat specialist).

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