Know your vocal cords and play your voice chords

Vocal care and maintenance

Vocal Health maintenance

How to maintain  Optimal Vocal Health

If possible, optimize the environment where your voice is used.

    Increase or decrease use of absorbent materials to modify acoustics of the environment.

   Control or reduce levels of ambient noise in and around area.

   Optimize the area to support voice use (e.g., remove barriers).

   Maintain adequate ventilation and humidity in area.

Warm up your voice before use by performing vocal  exercises as below .

   Hold /ee/ softly at F above middle C for females and F below middle C for males (or at a comfortable mid-   range speaking pitch if no piano is available) for as long as possible.  Repeat this 2 times.               

   Glide from a comfortable low note to a comfortable high note on the word /knoll/. Repeat 2 times.

   Glide from a comfortable high note to a comfortable low note on the word /knoll/. Repeat 2 times.

   Sing up a five-note scale (C-D-E-F-G) on the syllable /oll/ in your mid-range. Repeat 2 times.

Maintain good speaking and good singing posture                                                                    

    Do not slouch or bend over when speaking orsinging.   Do not Crouch, sit or stand erect when your voice engaged in use                                                         

Maintain good breath support when speaking or singing.

   Use easy onset of voicing.

   Do not talk or sing above high ambient noise levels for extended periods of time.

   Avoid episodes of vocal projection (i.e., shouting, screaming) by using nonverbal cues.

   Take short brakes of voice rest (vocal naps) after extended episodes of voice use.

   Use amplification where and when necessary.

   Avoid excessive coughing or throat clearing.

   Use breathing filter in presence of known allergens or irritants.

   If you are a smoker consider quitting.

Maintain adequate throat hydration.

   Drink enough water to keep your body well hydrated.

   Take warm, non-caffeinated liquids during extended periods of voice use.

   Use non-menthol or non-eucalyptus lozenges especially if liquid intake is difficult.

   Limit alcohol intake.