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What Singers Should And Should Not Eat

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In this Blog, we’re going to be talking about and discussing what singers should and should not be eating.

Let’s start with the “shoulds” firstly.

  • You can eat anything you want as long as it’s a healthy balanced diet – so please work out what works best for you and what makes you feel and sound the best. Now with this, I also highly suggest a lot of vegetables and fruit. This is the cardinal rule; “the better that you feel, the better that you’re going to sound”. It’s the same as the car – if you put bad fuel into the car, it’s not going to run properly; same with your body and voice. The better the fuel you put into your body, the better the sound is going to be coming out of it.
  • For a performance. If you have a show say for instance at 9 pm at night, I would highly suggest eating some complex carbohydrates at maybe 4-5 o’clock in the afternoon. Reason being is complex carbohydrates are going to release the energy a few hours later and you’re not going to feel full in three, four or five hours so this is great form of energy. Complex carbohydrates are pasta, rice, grains & potatoes etc.
  • Try not to eat too much when you’re about to perform – On that note, you never want to have a full stomach when you’re performing as this is going to greatly inhibit the use of your diaphragm which has to support the right amount of air on your vocal cords all the times.
  • If you are feeling hungry or before the show, I would highly suggest to eat a light sandwich, muesli bars or some fruit. You’ll normally see this will be on the rider backstage of concerts for professional singers. So, if the professional singers have got this on their rider backstage to eat, you should be doing the same thing. I highly suggest eating bananas, they’re absolutely fantastic. Bananas are low in acids so they’re not going to ruin your voice, they’re full of vitamins and minerals and they will kick in energy straight away. I also highly suggest a good multivitamin as well, which is going to give you the other vitamins that you may be missing or lacking in your diet. If you’re feeling a bit sluggish before the performance, I would highly suggest a vitamin B as well, this gives you energy.

To summarise, have a great balance diet full of fruit and vegetables, eat well and feel the best that you possibly can.

The “should nots” or the “you should not be eating or avoiding”

Please understand that these may differ from one person to the next but I’ll just give you the suggestions about what I would personally be avoiding to get the best out of your voice.

  • Do not eat spicy food if it is going to repeat or come up and burn your throat and cause reflux. I totally avoid hot and spicy foods on days of singing. Again, as I’ve already mention, I try not to eat too much so if I am teaching or have got a performance I try to eat at lunch or a meal 3-4 hours before I am about to sing or teach or I will have my dinner after the show or teaching.
  • I highly suggest on not consuming dairy products as it creates mucus or phlegm on the vocal cords which can interfere with your vocal cords and the proper operation of your vocal cords so I highly suggest not consuming any dairy products especially on the day of the show or days you sing.
  • Menthol and eucalyptus-based lozenges are a big no no. I definitely suggest sucking lollies or lozenges to lubricate the throat as I think it’s a great idea especially on the day of the show but not menthol or eucalyptus-based lozenges because they’re going to strip back the natural mucus lining of the vocal cords, try not to have those kinds of lozenges if you possibly can.
  • Anything out that is going to be possibly irritate your vocal cords. Maybe pineapple juice, anything that’s acidity maybe too much pasta sauce, spice or anything that may irritate the vocal cords like wine or vinegar etc. I would highly suggest to try and eliminate anything that irritates the vocal cords.

 

Again, work out what’s best for you and make your voice sound and feels the best it can.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

Peter Vox


Vowels! The Secret to Sounding Great. Part 2

Now that you have mastered part 1. We will now run through the scale. Directly below is a basic description of what your mouth should be doing on all the vowels.

# Please remember the cardinal rule when singing this scale and this applies to singing of all songs as well “less down low/ more up top”. What this means is you'll use less diaphragmatic support, have smaller mouth placements and use less volume when you are singing down lower in your range. But when you are singing up higher in your range you'll use it more diaphragmatic support, have larger more over exaggerated mouth placements and used more volume. You can also apply the crying technique (if you know how to do this) in the higher part of your range.

If you're playing this scale on the keyboard, Play a single note and sing the first vowel of Air, stop and relax your mouth, then play the next single note in the same key and sing the next vowel of See and so on until you complete all five vowels. Please be sure to start this scale in the lower part of your range and work up by tones or semi tones until you get into the higher part of your range. Please remember that this scale is specifically designed for articulation, pronunciation and diction and it is not designed to expand your range higher so please do the scale in a registered that is comfortable for yourself.

  • Relaxed on “Air” and you can smile on the top third of your range
  • Round on “See” and keep it relaxed, you can open your mouth more and smile on the top third of your range
  • Have a little smile on “heart” Down in the lower part of your range and smile in the higher part of your range
  • Relaxed on “Soul” on the lower half of your range and and an oval mouth place on the top half of your range
  • And on “U” a little smile to a pucker of the lips
I can guarantee you if you practice this scale 5 to 6 times a week, in 5-10 weeks, your mouth will to start to go to the right vowel mouth placement shapes and sounds subconsciously without you thinking about it or your sound, that's why this is the most important singing exercise you can do to sound great.
Thank you for reading.
Peter Vox

Vowels! The Secret to Sounding Great. Part 1

In this blog, we are going to be going over a subject that is so very important, be honest and frank it is the most important thing when you are singing – we’re going to be talking about vowels. The reason being that it’s so important is because 98% of singing that our sung are vowels. When you are singing you are just going from one vowel to the next, that’s all we’re doing. If your mouth isn’t going to the right mouth vowel mouth placements, you are not going to sound any good. So, you have to practice the vowel scales that I am about to give you and apply them into your songs. This vowel scale isn’t going to come overnight, this will start to kick in about 5-7 weeks subconsciously and your mouth will start working to the right mouth placements by themselves.

Now I am going to give you a scale that’s going to be helping you out to get your mouth move to the right mouth placements for every vowel in every single song. Before we start the scale, please kindly grab a pen and a piece of paper and I would like you to write in big letters on this piece of paper or take a photo or scan the vowel sounds and the corresponding mouth placements that I have attached at the bottom of this blog.

Now that you’ve written these down, this is a guide for you to follow at home as we’re going through this particular scale. We’re going to start down low, the rule that I want you to use in this scale both males and females is - less down low and more up top. Meaning  smaller mouth placements when you’re singing down low with all less volume and diaphragmatic support and bigger mouth placements when you’re singing up higher with more volume and diaphragmatic support. Please always look into the mirror when you are doing all scales but especially this one as you want to closely monitor what your mouth is exactly doing that every Vowel.

Do the scales together – five in a row.

  • Relaxed on “E”
  • Round on “see” and keep it relaxed
  • Have a little smile on “heart”
  • Oval and relaxed on “Soul”
  • And on “U” a little smile to pucker

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We’re going to run through the scale. Alternate each one of these vowels separately on single notes on the piano or just sing them acappella within your vocal range. Starting  in the lower part of your vocal range and work your way up into your higher vocal range. Do not rush the scale and make sure that you are going to the correct mouth placements for every vowel doing them separately and stopping in between every vowel. Remembering that every vowel is a different mouth shape. Please remember to make your mouth placements more relaxed and smaller in the lower part of your range and larger and more exaggerated mouth places in the higher part of your range.

If done correctly the scale will greatly improve your tone and sound as a singer.

 Thank you for reading.

Peter Vox


Cold and Flu Management for Singers

Now, we’re going to lead straight off from where we left off last week and we’re going to be talking and covering cold and flu management.

We all know how frustrating it is to have a cold or a flu and have to stop practicing, stop rehearsing… stop doing what we love which is sing. And subsequently we can lose technique, precious time, not learning songs and lyrics and whatever it is for the performance that we are preparing for and it is very frustrating and not fun.

The techniques that I am going to give you here is going to greatly help you out to get you back up on your feet as quickly as we possibly can.

  1. If you feel a cold coming on get on to every I am going to tell you here on Day one - that’s the most important I can give you, not 2, 3,4,5,6 days down the track because it’s no good then when the cold and flu has full grip. This is so we can nip it in a bud before it gets worse and blows out to something bigger.
  1. Now the main point about when you are sick is stay hydrated (room temperature water). Drink as much as you possibly can so we can flash the system and the bug out. When you’re cold and sick, you don’t want to sometimes drink especially water but please stay hydrated as it is very important.
  1. Load up a lot of Vitamin C – that’s the next thing. Get this from fruits, get it from the natural sauce, buy a bag of oranges or kiwi fruit as it is very high in Vitamin C. Have 6, 7 or 8 of these a day. If you don’t like fruit, please go to the chemist and buy some ascorbic acid powder but its better if you get them in a natural source. # fact, Guava has has the most vitamin C out of any fruit or vegetable.
  1. Good quality of vitamins or supplements are also very important. I personally take a good quality multivitamin when I’m sick. I take B Vitamins, cod liver oil tablets, cold eeze tablets. These cold eeze tablets have got zinc, Echinacea, vitamin C and garlic in them, you can get these from your health food stores.
  1. Load up onions or garlic – these really build your immune system up. Yes, your partner and your family aren’t going to like this because you’re going to smell but you’re going to feel the difference, it really works wonders.
  1. Olive leaf extract or Echinacea extract in a liquid form is very good. I have got some students that absolutely believe in both of these. They take these and they never have colds. When they feel that symptoms of colds coming along, they start taking these and it never builds into anything substantial.
  1. If I have a sore throat, I gargled betadine throat gargle – it’s absolutely fantastic, I gargle this a couple of times every hour. If I am not able to gargle betadine as a substitute, I will gargle warm salty water as well.
  1. Good Quality throat lozenges not lollies. Anything that has an antibacterial agent in it. I highly recommend strepsils, strepfen, throat clear, difflam and betadine throat lozenges. Please avoid any lozenges that have mental or eucalyptus in them as they can strip the natural mucus lining of the vocal chords off.
  1. Rest – very important when you have a cold or flu because your body is fighting an allergy. So get as much rest vocally and physically as you can so that your body can go to work and try to get rid of what it’s fighting as quickly as you can.

A couple of other facts here:

  • A common cold is going to last between 5-7 days, your common flu from 7-10 unless you’re abusing yourself. But if you are doing every thing I told you above, it might well only last 1 or 2 days. So try these things that I gave you here, see what works for you so that you can eliminate your cold as quickly as possible.
  • If you’re cold or flu is lasting longer or you’ve got sick very quickly and if you’re coughing up different colored phlegm – it’s not clear, it might be green or grey in color please go to your doctor. This is a definite sign that you have some sort of infection, ask your doctor to give you some antibiotics so that as a semiprofessional/professional singer, you could get rid of this as quickly as you can and to make sure it does not turn into something worse like laryngitis.

Hope these handy hints have helped you out so that you can keep singing. Thanks for joining us and we’ll see you next week!

Peter Vox


How To Sing While You Have a Cold or Flu

In this Blog, Im going to give you some tips and hints on how to sing when you have a cold or a flu or you’re feeling sick. Let me give you a couple of facts firstly about being sick.

98% of the ailments, colds and flus, you should be able to sing through. – I’ll tell you a fact about myself and this is different from everyone of course. I’ve been singing since I was 6, I have only had 10 days off singing and that has been because I had laryngitis, I had an infection of my larynx, so I had no voice. When this had happened, I went straight to the doctor and got some penicillin antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and a penicillin shot in the back side, generally had my voice back within about 3 to 4 days.

Now, I’m going to give you some hints about how to try to sing and get through a show, song, performance or gig if you are sick.

Properly warm up your voice and assess how much voice you have to use – safely both in true voice and falsetto that’s the most important fact. Assess how much voice you have because you need to make decision about what you’re going to do with the song or songs that you’re about to sing. Now, if you haven’t got a lot of voice, you may want to do some of the things that I’m about to tell you.

  • Change the key of the songs or the whole set if you possibly can. Obviously, if you’re doing a theatre production, you’re not going to be able to do this in a theatre production because the show will be in concert pitch and they are not going change the key of the whole show just because you have an ailment. But if you’re a band or something like that or you got a karaoke tracking, you might be able to change the key of it. So, instead of singing the song in the original key, bring it down as far as you need to so that you can sing the whole song or get through the whole performance in the lower key with less strain on your voice. Most people out there aren’t going to notice that you brought the song down a semi tone or a tone.
  • Change the melody of the song. If you’ve got a high note that goes up very high, change the melody of it. Sing a lower note within the same key. There is an art to doing this but once you know how to do this you can read arrange any song or melody to suit your voice.
  • If you’re really sick and you can’t change the key of the song, you could also stick to the root note of the melody, the root note that you stay on, will stay on all the way through. This is not an option that I would always go for because you’re not going to sound a little bit monotonous but if you’re up on stage and you feel that your voice is going and you’re losing it and you just need to survive and get through the song, this is a good way.
  • Just pick different songs or change your song selection. Don’t sing the high song, change the songs and sing a lower song, it’s a very good and easy option.
  • Again, if you’re up on stage and you aren’t be able to change the key of the song, sing the high notes in falsetto instead of singing then in true voice.  If you’re voice is starting to crack and you’re losing it, sing it in falsetto, it sounds similar but not exactly the same but at least you got a way with getting through the song performance in the same key.

So guys, there are some helpful hints and please use those if you are sick to make you sound the best when you’re up on stage.

Tune in for next week as we’re going to be over “cold management” so that you can nip your cold or flu quickly as you can so that you can keep on singing, having fun and doing what we love doing best which is singing! Thanks for joining me again and we’ll see you next week!

Peter Vox


What Is Mixed, Crossover or Blended Voice?

Today we’re going to be explaining and talking about exactly what is mixed or blended voice. This is for some reason is a very much talked about subject with a lot of debate, discussions and varying opinions. I’m going to explain mixed and blended voice to you as simply and easily as I possibly can so that you can use mixed or blended voice to your advantage to sing so much higher then you currently able.

Let’s talk about facts about mixed or blended voice firstly before we start.

  • Mixed or blended voice has only one purpose and that is for you to sing as high as you possibly can and sound like you are in true voice and not falsetto voice, that’s the Number one main point about using mixed or blended voice.
  • Mixed, crossover or blended voice is a mixture of true voice and falsetto – yes, they’re blended, meaning technically you were using the two voices simultaneously together to sing up high in a lighter feminine fashion.
  • Mixed or blended voice  - I highly recommend that you put it in a little bit of  a sob or cry into the scale, the line that you are singing or the whole song if it is high all the way through similar to Bruno Mars songs. This makes yourself blended the 2 voices a little  easier. (We’re going to discuss more about it next week)

Blended or mixed voice are used by lots of different artists. E.g. Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Beyoncé, Sting from the Police are great examples of blended or mixed voice where they can sing up very high like females and sound like they’re in true voice.

I hope that this explains to you what blended or mixed voice is. Please tune in next week because I’m going to give you some skills and technique on how to develop your blended and mixed voice and to use it to your advantage in songs!

Thanks for reading once again!


How To Sing High In Mixed Or Blended Voice

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In this blog, we’re going to be talking about how to use your high mixed, crossover or blended voice. In the last blog, we had given you examples of some different blended or mixed voices.

Before you start using mixed or blended voice please make sure that you are completely warmed up and possibly even do a “crying scale” to warm up the top end in true voice because the crying is very important in this scale because we’re going to be what we called at Vox  revving a cry into this particular scale.

Now let’s talk about mixed or blended voice:

Placement – I want you to feel that the sound is being placed in the soft palate of the mouth, sliding the sounds to the back of the head, resonating your sounds in between the ears, no sound should be resonating in the throat.

You wanted to keep moving over what we called the “crack” or the “break in the voice” between the true voices and falsetto because there is a crack or a break between true voice and falsetto. If you move slowly through this particular register, you can hear the notes breaking your voice. So, another hint here to cry over this area – keep it light and feminine especially for the males and rev a cry to the scale. (A little bit of a cry from the start but you get more cry as you get through the scale) So, when doing the scales, start down low and you should be feeling comfortable and move very quickly through the scale on an octave jump up the scale. Tighten your stomach more as you’re inclining to the higher notes in scales and keep the sound at to the back of your head.

This is a very difficult scale so please again to recap:

  • Make sure that you’re warmed up
  • Revving the cry through the scale
  • Letting the sound slide back to the back of the head
  • Keeping it light and feminine
  • Tightening your stomach or diaphragm as you  going in the scale.
  • Keep moving through and sliding through the break in your voice.

Thank you very much for joining me here today, I really appreciate it. Hope this blog has helped you out!

See you next week!

Peter Vox




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