Singers and sore throat
Singers have a sore throat most often from over singing (singing too much), a virus, or even yelling at events.
Some of them just wake up with a sore throat on certain days in their life (and hopefully not before a concert).
They usually wake up with a hoarse, scratchy voice and a sore throat. The main question is how can you do your best when you sing with a sore throat?
There are several tips and exercises that you can try. Most of them were tested and proved useful.
First, drink tons of water, as much as you can. This really helps clean your system and will also keep your larynx well lubricated.
Coughing can easily wreak havoc on pipes, so drinking plenty of water is really important.
Another method is to put a teaspoon of salt in about 8 ounces of warm water and then drink it 2 to 3 times a day.
Mix different concoctions. A good example is to cut a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, slice it thinly, and then boil it in four cups of water for five to ten minutes.
Then drink that tea with a little honey added. The ginger somehow helps the body to regain balance and the honey will give you a little extra energy.
Another good mix is a tablespoon of honey, a cup of water, and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Drink that with two aspirin every four hours and you'll be amazed at how good you'll feel afterward.
Another tip for good vocalization is to start by humming in your best vocal range and then after a couple of minutes continue adding notes to each end of the range you are currently using.
After this, go and sing a song of yours and you will find that it is much better to sing with a sore throat before going on stage.
Another need is to take a pain reliever such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, once a day.
Try these simple methods
Gargling 5-6 drops of oregano oil (which can easily be purchased at health food stores) twice a day will also greatly improve your voice.
You can try spraying your face several times a day. How can this be done? By inhaling the vapors of hot water that you poured into a bowl or saucepan.
Do this for about 10 minutes and your voice will thank you. Singing with a sore throat is not always a good experience, but can easily be overcome by trying these different methods.
So the next time you have a show coming up, you will know exactly what to do to sing with a sore throat.
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