If you find that there are some days when your voice just doesn’t want to cooperate, then you will love today’s video.

I’ll explain why ‘bad vocal days’ happen and what you can do to keep your voice in top condition.

Nicola x

Video Summary

Your voice is a living, breathing instrument, which makes you unique to every other instrument out there. However this does come with some drawbacks and your voice will be susceptible to the same daily stresses that your body puts up with.
Diet, lifestyle and stress can have an adverse effect on your voice. For example, if you find that you are struggling with excess phlegm and are constantly coughing and clearing your throat, perhaps you need to think about how much dairy you are consuming and become aware of whether your body tolerates milk or not.
I find that if I don’t get enough sleep then my voice suffers as well because it is a reflection of what is going on with my body. Antibiotics are also particularly nasty for voices because they dry your vocal folds out and ruin the balance of good versus bad bacteria in your body. An imbalance of bad bacteria can cause excess phlegm which again leads to coughing.
You don’t need to become a complete health freak but just become aware of what is going on with your body adn how your lifestyle choices may effect your singing.
The other reason bad vocal days occur is because you are not using your voice enough! Yep, your voice is surrounded by muscles and you need to use them regularly to keep them in tip top shape.
If you only sing once a week and go for big belt notes or high notes then the chances are that you wont sound good because your muscles will need time to catch up! I personally find that singing for 3 hours 3 to 4 times a week keeps my voice in top condition. You don’t need to sing this much when you are starting out, but go for 1 hour 3 times a week to start with.
Happy singing!