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How To Help A Cough And Strained Singing Voice

Does drinking hot tea or sucking on cough drops help your voice?

I have been practicing singing recently.
I've looked all over the internet on whether drinking hot tea or sucking on cough drops helps make your voice stronger or not. Everything that I have found so far is very different from one another and I'm getting confused. I need the true answer.
Could please help me? I'd really appreciate your support and answers!

I've been sick and I think I strained my voice and I have to sing for an audition tomorrow. Help!!!!?

1) Gargle salt water once every hour tonight.

2) In between the gargling, SUCK (do not chew) menthol cough drops.

3) Talk only softly, and better to whisper. No more practicing.

4) Tomorrow, warm up by humming softly. Maintain EXTREME breath support.

5) Have some overly sweetened hot chocolate or coffee before the audition.

6) Think positive. Yes, you CAN do it.

7) Break a leg.

My singing voice with high notes not come back after cough - why?

I had the same problem once and I also am an Alto. I couldn't figure out what exactly had happened but now my voice is perfectly fine. what I would recommend to do is:

1. Drink salt or lemon water
2. try to avoid talking because talking hurts your voice more than singing does.
3. and if you do have to talk, keep it light and soft.

By follow those few simple tips your voice should get better soon. I think what happened was your vocal cords were strained, and sore from all the coughing, but it should be better soon.
Hope that helps.

Why does my voice feel sore after singing a lot?

What are some things i can do to not hurt my voice singing? I recently started using it a lot and it hurts. I stopped singing for a day but man its driving me crazy i want to sing 24/7 i love it.Any help?

How does honey improve one's singing voice?

First off, one thing we know for sure is that nothing you eat or drink actually contacts the vocal folds.See the epiglottis immediately below the tongue? When you swallow, that flap of cartilaginous tissue moves downwards, sealing off the top of the larynx and directing the food or liquid down the esophagus instead. This prevents anything you eat or drink from contacting the vocal folds or entering the lungs.So, it's impossible for anything you consume to "lubricate" or "coat" the vocal folds directly; if you somehow got some honey on your vocal folds by accident, you'd have a coughing fit.Why is it good for singers to drink liquids, then? Well, when you are dehydrated, your mucous membranes -- such as your mouth, nose, and yes, vocal folds too -- dry out. Breathing in lots of dry air can also dry out those tissues. So the liquids you drink do help the vocal folds, but indirectly: they keep you hydrated, so that your vocal folds stay moist. Dried-out vocal folds don't vibrate as well as moist ones, so this extra hydration helps you sing and speak.As for honey, if it makes you feel good, by all means use it. Warm liquid, such as tea with honey, can bring some more blood flow to the mouth and throat, and perhaps prompt nearby muscles to relax (in much the same way that a soak in the jacuzzi can loosen up your muscles).

Will a long cough/throat clearing cause my singing voice to be permanently damaged?

About 10 months ago I had several colds/virus' one after the other which caused me to cough and clear my throat quite a lot. My singing voice was affected by the coughing quite a bit but i managed to build up my voice up to a good condition once i was back to a healthy state. However even though i wasn't suffering from a virus etc. now i had seemed to have made clearing my throat a bit of a habbit. I could sing alright however a few days ago my voice seems to have gone a bit dodgy again from the throat clearing. I find it harder to keep a stable note, my voice breaks if i try sing in my top register and the quality of tone of my voice has suffered aswell. The area where the larynx is seems to feel a bit swollen and tiny bit painful aswell especially when touched. However i have now really taken trying to stop the throat clearing since and the pain is a bit less. My voice isn't back to how it was and it's worrying me quite a bit as singing is basically what i want to do with my life. Things i'm doing to try help my voice are gargling salt water, drinking many cups of tea, drinking normal water more, and having honey quite a bit, and of course trying my best not to clear my throat like i have been doing.
So now i'm basically wondering, will my voice be damaged now permanently? Or do I just need to give it time?
I would also be grateful for more tips on how to get rid of this frustrating habit.
Thanks! :)

How do you sing and belt it out without damaging your vocal cords?

Supposing that by belting it out you mean projecting your voice, all you need to do is use your diaphragm to push the air out which will result in a strong projection of the voice rather than relying solely on your throat to sing, which is one of the reasons many performers have had to retire or take time off their careers (*cough* Adele *cough*).By using your throat to sing, you are straining your vocal chords and if you sing like that all the time, you will end up screwing them up. It's not easy to learn how to push the voice directly from the diaphragm and not the throat since most people, including artists talk every day using our throats and not our diaphragm. It is only natural that a person, when singing without proper instruction, sings with their throat, but remember that practice makes perfect. You will notice how even the quality of the sound will improve and sound somewhat stronger and deeper, yet stable and awesome. Also, you will achieve a broader range with time and practice since by using your diaphragm, it'll be easier to achieve higher notes and make them sound fantastic. If you sing with your throat the whole time, you'll screw up your vocal chords and destroy your range.I hope this helps :).

How can I hit high notes without straining?

This is a very complex issue, but I’ll try to explain the basic mechanics of moving into the top of the voice healthily.How high is “high”? At the most basic level, vocal technique in the upper part of the voice is about breath support, a balanced larynx position, a relaxed tongue, and a loose jaw. If you can think of singing as an extension of your speaking voice, that makes moving into the top of the voice a bit easier to understand at a conceptual level.Pedagogues and singers often refer to “singing from your diaphragm,”—which in and of itself isn’t an inaccurate thing to say—but what they’re referring to is how you support a controlled expulsion of air over the vocal folds to produce sound. You can feel this type of support when you put your hands on your sides, press in just above your hip bones, and cough, laugh, or speak as if you’re addressing someone far away. You’ll feel your sides expand outward.The same phenomenon can be felt just below your Xiphoid process. This is about where the muscle—the diaphragm—sits in your body. As you did when you pressed in just above your hip bones on your sides, do the same here. You’ll notice an expansion there as you engage that muscle. This is your breath support mechanism.As you move into the top of your voice, you will need to modify the vowel sound you’re producing. “Ahh” becomes more of an “Aww” sound. This slight shift allows your larynx to lower creating more space in the vocal tract and also allows for more thin-edge vocal adduction.One of the easiest ways to get a feel for what really needs to happened as you move into the top of your voice is to try phonating on a lip trill or a tongue trill (the rolled ‘R’ sound in Spanish). It requires a consistent stream of air to maintain either of the two. This exercise will indicate if there is too little or too much air flowing or if there is some interruption in that flow (from the tongue or locking of the jaw).Bear in mind, this is a skill people spend years learning; and as with developing any skill that could potential cause physical injury, it’s important to practice it under the guidance of an experienced voice teacher.