• 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
  • Smoke
  • 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!)
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