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The Bare Essentials by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

Time for a quick confession...I was a boy Scout! OK. That’s enough sniggering. Despite their current-day ‘nerdy’ reputation, I enjoyed my time in the boy Scouts. Sure, we had to learn all the “Dib, dib, dob, dobs” (don’t ask) and countless ways to tie a knot (I remember how to do a couple), but my time in the boy Scouts did give me the opportunity to develop some fantastic life skills like resilience and leadership. Another life skill that I developed, thanks to Scouts, was the capacity to “always be prepared.” For what? Well...for anything! A simple example might be to take a warm coat with you as you leave the house – why...because there might be a cold change...

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VIDEO TIP - Do I have nodules? By Dr Daniel K. Robinson

This quick tip briefly describes nodules and their symptoms. The one vocal health issue that seems to haunt every singer's dreams is vocal nodules. "Vocal fold nodules or nodes can be compared to calluses, usually appearing as a result of friction because of an incomplete closure of the glottis: singing with a hoarse [or breathy] voice can produce nodules. Forcing your voice to do things it can't, and providing inadequate breath support (causing 'wild' air to escape through the glottis) are other potential causes. You can get nodules after just one night of overusing your voice! Nodules [generally] develop in pairs, one on each fold. Women are more at risk than men." (Pinksterboer, H. Tipbook Vocals: The Singing Voice. 2002)...

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Vocal Tract Hygiene by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

Vocal Health is something that the Djarts Coaching team take every seriously. As we wander into the colder months head colds and throat infections are more prevalent. Of course nothing can beat a balanced diet with adequate hydration (H2O) to ward off the dreaded 'loogy', however things in our busy lives are not always equal! It's good to have a few things in place ready to maintain good vocal health. First and foremost, every singer should own a Vapour Inhaler. The old tea towel and bowl of steaming hot water is a thing of yesteryear. For a small once off cost you can purchase a compact inhaler from Djarts that can go anywhere and be used anytime. The second useful...

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What a Performing Singer Should and Should Not Eat and Drink! By Ryan and Peter Vox of Vox Singing Academy

MIXDOWN MAGAZINE ARTICLE This has to be one of the most common asked questions that I receive as a singing teacher. The subject is generally horses for courses and depends greatly on the individual. For example, it’s like asking an athlete to train their body everyday but only eat junk food – the athlete will improve marginally but their body will not recover or repair itself, they won’t feel good or get maximum results and eventually the athlete will became exhausted and their body will begin to break down. Singers need to know and work out for themselves what not to eat and drink and when, just like an athlete. Otherwise, their voice will not function to its full capability...

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Am I too Sick to Sing? By Daniel K. Robinson

As we head towards the colder months we find ourselves asking the question, “When am I too sick to sing?” A difficult question to answer...but hopefully the following article will go towards helping you make a decision. Firstly lets create some parameters...i.e. we are only going to be talking about health issues that affect the voices ability to sing. Always remember that your family doctor or chosen health professional is best equipped to direct any decisions regarding your health and well-being. This being said...here are some valuable questions to ask yourself: 1. Do I still have a voice? If you do, then does it sound like your normal spoken sound?: Any change in your spoken voice can be an indicator...

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