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Larry Gatlin Country Music Singe
Yes - it can: Situations can become more complex if there is a mix of chemical abuse and psychiatric illness. The degree to which one commits to wellness and compliance with treatment are also major factors. ...Read more
I am a singer and music teacher. My voice is getting hoarse by the end of the day. I know I need rest, but is there anything else I can do?
Diaphragmatic : They breathe by taking deep inhalations lowering their diaphragm swelling their abdomens. They do not breathe by taking in large breaths lifting up the chest which causes tension in the upper chest and neck affecting the voice. ...Read more
A medical question?: If you suffer from an acute upper or lower respiratory condition - take a break from singing - both practice or performing. If chronic, you might want to think about other careers. Find a better web site for vocal artists. ...Read more
Avoid irritants: Perhaps the best plan you could adopt is an anti-inflammatory diet. There are many articles and books to read up on the specifics. You want to avoid foods that cause reflux as this may create tissue injury around the esophagus, posterior pharynx and upper airway. At some point you may be interested in finding out what foods you are allergic too through a test like alcat. ...Read more
Three points: May use herbal remedies purchased at the health food stores to reduce vocal hoarseness and fatigue. Steaming help soothe the membranous tissues of the vocal tract, vocal folds, windpipe/bronchial tubes.It helps restores moisture to the tissues while also relaxing the inner muscles of the larynx/vocal folds. Keep your mouth/ throat well hydrated so your voice will reflect your full vocal capability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been thinking about having my tongue split buy a professional but I am a singer will this effect me enough to not have a career ?
Tongue splitting: From what I've been able to research, control over the split tongue can be obtained with practice, although there is nothing specifically mentioned about singing. This should be performed by a physician with thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the tongue, as it is very vascular and significant bleeding can occur if the procedure is done improperly. May not be worth the risk. ...Read more
Advice for vocal health? As a singer, i was wondering what sort of advice there is concerning vocal health; are there foods I should avoid, activities I should try to limit, or habits to get into?
As : As a singer, your vocal health is paramount. To maintain it, you should be conscious of your diet. In general, foods that promote the reflux of acid can have a negative impact on the voice and on vocal health. Obviously, not everyone suffers from reflux of acid, but singers are predisposed due to the negative pressure which develops in the chest with deep inspiration, that tends to draw acid up from the stomach. Avoidance of excessively spicy, acidic, and fatty foods is recommended. Carbonated liquids, alcohol and caffienated liquids also promote reflux. Wine is a particularly strong promoter of reflux. And the single most important factor to maintain vocal health is to stay very well hydrated. Caffiene and alcohol lead to dehydration and should be enjoyed in moderation. Meals within 2-3 hours of bedtime should also be avoided. As far as activities, i strongly recommend avoiding vocal strain. This means that if it ever becomes painful to speak or sing it is time to rest the voice. Avoidance of situations where you may be required to speak or sing over loud ambient noise is recommended. Examples include nightclubs, sporting events or loud concerts. If you are a parent, avoid yelling at your children or cheering loudly at sporting events. Provide yourself with a vocal break each day where your vocal cords have time to rest and recover. If you have never seen a laryngologist, i would recommend a baseline examination of your vocal cords. This is useful for several reasons. For one, you will get an idea of your current vocal health and the presence of any changes of your vocal cords that might predispose you to future problems. An annual vocal cord exam is important for healthy singers, because when problems arise it is nice to compare with what things looked like in the healthy state. In addition, if you have the resources, and if you have never done so, i would consider voice lessons and formal voice training. This can help prevent common injuries that affect the voice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer