The human voice
A vocalist's instrument is special
- The instrument is with you at all times
- The instrument is part of your body
- The instrument is exposed to
- the vocalist's mental challenges
- the vocalist's physical challenges
The vocalist's instrument is his or her entire body
- The vocalist's voice can reveal the state of his or her health
- "Your voice is the mirror of your soul" - a poignant thought from the ancient times of Aristotle.
- The throat and the vocal cords are essential but only small part of the vocalist's instrument.
- Singing involves both physical work and a mental challenge.
- Good physical and mental capacity are the preconditions for a good voice.
- The lack or loss of these is often the reason behind vocal problems.
- Good sleep and healthy food are the vocalist's fuel.
The anatomy of the singing voice
Vocalist's health challenges
- Challenging working conditions
- Irregular working hours
- Changing work environment
- Avoid unnecessary medication
- Consult your doctor before using any new medications
- Be aware that every medicine may have side effects
- Avoid trying new medicines right before important performances
- Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections
- Often misused in the treatment of the common flu virus
- Efficient and safe when used correctly
- An effective allergy medicine
- Often used unnecessarily for other than allergy-related ailments
- Can cause drowsiness and affect vocal performance
- May dry mucous membranes, which also affects vocal performance
- Pain is a warning from your body - respect it and do not sing if your throat hurts
- Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is not suitable for singers it reduces coagulation and can cause the feared hematoma of the vocal cord
- Paracetamol is a safe painkiller for vocalists
Cortisone pills and injections
- Effectively calms infection and swollen mucus membranes (hoarseness)
- In the hands of a skilled physician and proper circumstances, a safe treatment for vocalists
- Should be used cautiously, not too often or for long periods of time - long term use causes side effects
Vocalist's travel medicine kit
- If you travel a lot, you should carry your own medicine cupboard
- Prescription medicine e.g. blood pressure medication, reflux disease drugs
- Occasional medicine e.g. heartburn, allergy, diarrhoea
- You can plan the medicine kit with your own doctor
- Replenish the kit regularly and replace expired medicines