Listen, plenty of R’s come to mind in the life of a singer: runs, rhythm, riffs. “Recovery” is usually farther down the list, as it’s not something we like to think about unless absolutely necessary. But here’s the thing… the art of vocal recovery is essential for keeping our instruments healthy. The sad truth is that sometimes, you’ll wake up with a voice that feels crunchy, puffy, or under the weather, and that’s okay!
Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a cold, a major concert, or a football game with lots of screaming, believe us when we tell you that your voice will bounce back. You had your fun, and we love that for you. But now it’s time to ask… “what would Whitney do?” Here are three vocal recovery steps to get you back to belting in no time….
Never underestimate the impact that a whole night’s sleep can have on your vocal cords. Unlike the rest of your body, they’re practically the only thing that’s constantly in use throughout the day! Even if you’re just responding to the barista, who asked how your day was, or sharing your thoughts on a work call. A full eight hours of sleep gives your voice the reset it needs for proper recovery. Are you the type of singer that’s harmonizing, or thinking about harmonizing, practically 24/7? Because we are. And a restful slumber is the only period of time where your vocal cords and your brain get a break.
Of course, you also need to make the effort to ensure a regular sleep schedule. This means going to bed at a reasonable hour and not scrolling TikTok until 1 A.M! You should also avoid eating too late at night and attempt to clear your mind around an hour before bedtime for a smoother rest. Sweet dreams!
Sure, you should always be sipping water throughout the day, but especially when you’re a singer in vocal recovery! Keep a glass of H2O by your side all day to moisturize your vocal cords and deliver healthier vibrations, also known as your best solos. This tip is especially helpful for those just getting over a cold, as it helps to thin the mucus in your throat for easier vocal delivery. Less mucus, more music, right?
It’s not exactly a secret that water is the secret to a healthier you. It helps to moisten nearly every part of your body, including the skin, joints, and, of course, the vocal cords. You’ll be in awe of the difference that a dose of fluids will make in your healing process. And you should definitely continue your regular hydration efforts long after you’re fully recovered.
We don’t know who needs to hear this, but please don’t attempt “Defying Gravity” from Wicked while you’re still in vocal recovery! It may be tempting to flex your skills as soon as you begin to feel better. However, it’s crucial to practice gentle and moderate voice usage for a more effective singing solution. This means no big, belty songs or complex rhythms, and also keeping speaking and singing to a minimum and focusing on vocal exercises instead.
Our suggestion? Practice exercises that help promote healing and soft, simple vibration throughout your range. And not to toot our own horn, but Singing Straw™ PRO is about to become your new best friend for vocal recovery! The straw phonation helps your voice work in a healthier and more efficient coordination, perfect for when you’re ready to start belting again! Of course, you can also try other exercises like humming or yawn-sighing! Just find what works for you and run with it… no pun intended.