It happens to many of us. Especially around the cold and flu season. It may be hard to talk when you have a cold or the flu, but can you imagine how difficult it would be to sing in front of a crowd of people when you are sick?
This article will hopefully help you and give you tips on how to preserve your voice when you are sick and you have to sing on stage.
- This may sound obvious, but it is by far the most important thing you can do for your throat and vocal chords. And that is to rest. The night before your singing performance, try to get a good night’s sleep. And it might also help to take a nap before your performance. This is because sleep can help to heal your vocal chords. Resting your voice also means to try to limit talking throughout the day and up until your performance. Only talk when you need to.
- If you are a singer who has performed regularly on stage, then you most likely would already be in the habit of doing vocal warm up exercises before your performance and vocal warm down exercises after your performance. These exercises are so important as they help you to strengthen your voice and will help you to hit those high notes. However, when you are sick, you will need to spend more time doing your vocal warm ups and warm downs. This will help to avoid any damage to your voice and vocal chords.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day. Water can ease the itchiness in your throat. I always find that warm water with a couple of slices of lemon in it can help soothe my throat when I am sick. And this will help you to lessen the amount of coughing during the day. I also find that when you have a coughing fit and you can’t stop coughing, then take a cough lozenge. This will help to coat your throat so that it is not so itchy and will help ease your coughing fit. Another good thing to do when you are on stage is to take a bottle of water with you on the stage so that you can take some sips of water in between songs.
- Try not to over extend your voice. I would advise you to change your song choice if you have a challenging song to sing. This is because when you are sick, your voice is not in best condition and so you will not be able to hit those super high notes. So I recommend you choose songs that you are comfortable singing where you know you will definitely hit each note perfectly.
- My last tip that I have for you is to not panic. Imagine this, you wake up in the morning of your performance and discover that you have a sore throat. You ears might be hurting and you basically don’t feel well. What would most people do? Panic! But you must try your best to not panic. Don’t worry. The worst thing that can happen is that you miss a few notes. But if you are panicking on stage, then your anxiety will only exacerbate your sore throat and you will sing even worse than you should. If you are extremely sick then maybe you will have to call off your performance. I know that is a disappointing and extreme decision to make. But keep your spirits high because you will always have the chance to sing again when your voice has healed.
I hope that these tips will help to ease your mind about singing when you are sick. Depending on the severity of your cold or flu, you still may be able to make an outstanding performance. So next time you are sick and you have to sing, remember the above tips and you will be able to do your best and hopefully “knock their socks off!”