Your singing voice is produced from the rapid and highly precise actions of small muscles in and around the larynx (voice box). As with any type of demanding physical activity, circulation increases and the muscles swell with blood. Blood supplies all the cells in the body with three essentials for life: oxygen, nutrients and water.
It also performs the vital function of removing waste products from the cells after they convert these three essentials into energy. This is also true of the vocal muscles, and especially when engaged in a rigorous activity such as singing.
When you stop singing, the muscles of your vocal folds are still enlarged with blood and can still retain waste products. Properly completed vocal cool-downs that utilize light vibrations can gradually ebb the blood back to its normal levels thereby gradually reducing the swelling and enabling the body to remove the last of the excess waste.
If you don’t use cool-downs to return your voice to its normal speaking condition, even though your voice training and technique may be excellent, you could experience vocal fatigue and huskiness for one to three days after an intense vocal performance.
On The Deva Method Vocal Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs, you’ll find several easy-to-use exercises, including a singer’s massage, that you can customize to your needs.
on January 30, 2015 at 9:48 PM said:Hi, Jeannie: When we warm up, do we need to focus on expanding our rib cage like we do in our vocal exercises? Thanks.
on January 31, 2015 at 12:34 PM said:Hi Eng, If you are using the warm-ups from the warm-up CD you don't need to use rib cage expansion. If you use any exercises from The Contemporary Vocalist as warm-ups, it's good to include rib cage. Hope that helps.
on February 7, 2015 at 7:37 PM said:Hi, Jeannie: Do we breathe through our nose or mouth or both when you say "take a deep breath" in your warm-up CD? Thanks.
on February 8, 2015 at 12:39 PM said:Hello. Breathing through the mouth is the fastest easiest way for a singer to take a breath (inhale). Through the nose takes longer for the air to arrive into your lungs. Also, to breath in through your nose for singing means you need to close your mouth or, lock the back of your tongue up against the soft palate (the back part of the roof). Singers usually have a split second to inhale before the next phrase begins (and should inhale JUST prior to the start of the phrase) so you would need to take air in fast and NOT have your tongue tensed just prior to singing. Thus, several reasons to breath through the mouth.
on September 6, 2018 at 7:31 AM said:Great that you remind people of this! It's easily forgotten, especially when the adrenaline from a gig is still going round!