Seriously! I don't want to sound like your mother, but really, if you want to have a healthy voice you have to become aware of abusing it!
These days, we're often in loud places where we have to speak over the noise. So if you do that, make sure that you are doing all the same things you'd do if you were singing - breathe deeply, engage the diaphragm, and support your voice. Try to drop the pitch of your voice so that you are using body resonance. Lots of times when we try to speak loudly our voice goes up in pitch, which is a sign of straining.
Be aware! Don't yell if you don't have to! Once you start developing an awareness about how you use your voice, you'll see that you can make better choices. Like walking over to a person to talk to them instead of yelling from across the street! Or stepping outside to carry on a conversation instead of screaming over loud music!
Care for your voice from the get go and you won't have to have the frustration of dealing with a hoarse, scratchy, damaged instrument, especially if you are a singer or speaker. It's all just common sense, but you'd be surprised at how many people abuse their voices, then expect the voice to be healthy and crystal clear. Be kind to your voice - stop yelling!
Nobody wants to strain their voice, but so many singers do it because they put too much strain on their THROATS instead of relying on the BODY to be a natural resonance chamber. You don't have to have a big body to employ this technique, either!
When singing, relax the throat, keep the larynx down and imagine placing the voice in the body, not high in the head or throat. When you release your sound and relax into the body, using the body to actively support your tone, also, you get a huge voice with little or no effort!! That way, you won't hurt your throat while you're singing or speaking, and the voice will be rich and resonant, too!
If you want to protect your singing voice, remember that it's not separate from your speaking voice! How you speak affects the health of your singing voice.
If you abuse your voice daily by smoking, yelling, straining your voice in loud spaces, or just by placing your voice too high, and not in the body, then you're going to get hoarse, tired, and have a less than clear singing voice, it's that simple
Take care of your voice - treat it kindly. Honor your speaking AND singing voice so that you can depend on it for a lifetime.
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From Beth Lawrence
If you're serious about singing then you've got to take care of your voice. Here are some healthy ways to do that!
Beth Lawrence, Award-winning singer, songwriter and author of "From Shower To Stage...7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro!"