A strained singing voice stops your performance in its tracks. Most vocalists will be affected by a strained voice at some point in their careers. A burning pain in the throat, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing are all signs that there is a problem. Take care of your most important instrument as soon as you feel the first symptoms of strain, and you will be back to peak form before you know it.
There are many things that can cause vocal chord strain, including:
– Singing improperly and placing undue stress on the vocal chords
– Allergies, sinus problems or a throat infection
– Vocal chord paralysis
– Trauma, including head and neck injuries
Proper hydration is a key step in alleviating a strained singing voice. Drink plenty of water, as it helps reduce the inflammation in the vocal chords. If you have a lot of mucus in your throat, try eating citrus fruits. The acids in the fruits help cut down on the mucus, while the vitamins A and C in citrus speed healing. Eating well, as well as avoiding caffeine, keeps both you and your voice in top shape and can prevent many of the causes of vocal strain. If the strain continues for more than two or three days or is accompanied by a fever and other signs of illness, see your doctor. He can rule out any infections or prescribe medication to alleviate the infection, which helps return your voice to its former power.
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It’s much better to prevent vocal strain rather than attempt to cure it. Stay hydrated when performing on stage or in the studio, drinking water between songs or whenever it is possible to take a break. And don’t be afraid of breaks—as soon as you feel any tightness or pain in your vocal chords take ten and give your voice some time to relax.
Improper singing, particularly improper scream singing techniques, is another cause of vocal chord strain. Use your voice properly. If you don’t know how to perform a certain vocal technique, take lessons and master it before you do permanent damage to your singing voice. Practice is vital, not only for mastering the techniques but also so that you build up the endurance of your vocal chords so they don’t let you down.
If voice strain is a common problem, research some vocal chord exercises with your doctor or singing coach. Over time, with proper training and prevention, you can overcome many of the issues that lead to a strained singing voice.