- Warm-up your neck, shoulders and vocal folds before you sing.
- Get plenty of sleep
- Ensure you are well hydrated – drink plenty of water – only warm water when singing.
- Rehearse at a low volume when using your voice a lot to protect your voice
- Rest your voice if it feels tired
- Ensure you warm-down after singing, especially when touring.
- Make sure you eat at least 5 hours before going to sleep & maintain a healthy diet. Acid reflux affects the vocal folds.
- Sing from your throat
- Shout if you can’t hear yourself in the monitor mix politely ask the sound engineer to please turn it up!
- Eat dairy products
- Shout or talk loudly after a gig especially in loud venues.
- Sing with a breathy tone as this dries out your vocal folds.
- Eat hot spicy food
- Take drugs
- Cough (try swallowing to ease the tickle).
- Eat a huge dinner before you sing (it is harder to use the diaphragm on a full stomach and support those notes!)