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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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Voice Qualities & Ideals by Daniel Zangger Borch

Voice Qualities & Ideals There are innumerable voice qualities and ideals. An ideal in itself is often a combination of several other ideals. When an ideal appears it is analysed by singing teachers and vocal coaches who define and describe how to reproduce it. As previously mentioned the best way to achieve a particular sound is by imitation. Singing along with singers whose sound you like will help you work out what to do. If this doesn’t’ work you can always consult a teacher who will map out how to create the sound and a method for learning it. The range of ideals and techniques is enormous and the terms used for them are usually fairly descriptive, for example growling...

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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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VIDEO TIP - Destroy your Voice in 5 easy steps by Dr Daniel K. Robinson

You’ve heard it said that your body is a temple…well in the case of the singer that old saying translates into, “Your instrument is a temple!” If you don’t look after your voice it simply won’t perform at its optimum. Eat Drink & Be Merry: Be a Vocal Athlete and treat your body the same way a professional athlete treats theirs. Choose the wrong singing teacher: Pick the right singing teacher for your style. Sing when you're sick: A damaged voice can take up to 6 months to repair! And singing while sick greatly risks further injuries. Deny you have a damaged voice: Ignoring the issue runs the high risk of making the problem worse. Don't care for your ears: If you can't hear well, your singing...

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