Monday, September 05, 2016

Has your voice gone rusty over the summer?

Choir members all over the country are gearing up for a new choir season. Many of you might not have sung at all over the long break.

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How can you best prepare for getting back into singing without damaging your voice?

If you’ve not been singing regularly over the long break, you might feel that your voice has gone rusty. Just to reassure you: your singing voice is still there, it might just need a bit of coaxing out!

Here are some handy hints.

don’t expect to pick up where you left off

If you’ve not been singing much, then you may find that your range has decreased a little and you may have less power than you did a few months ago. Don’t worry though, just like when you’ve not exercised for a while, you’ll eventually be back to where you were

ease in slowly

Don’t jump straight in and start singing huge power ballads or belting out your favourite musical theatre numbers or start back at choir singing at full volume. Again, like exercise, if you’ve not used muscles for a while, you need to ease into things gently or you might do some damage.

prepare beforehand

Since you may not have sung for a while it’s worth preparing yourself before you go back to choir so you can hit the ground running.

  • do some gentle humming;
  • try out familiar warm ups from choir;
  • play gently with your voice in the shower: sirens up and down are good;
  • start with just a few minutes each day and build from there;
  • sing through some songs that you know well that are in the middle of your range;
  • if it hurts, STOP!
  • don’t panic if your voice gets tired or starts to crack – just ease back a little, be quieter and gentler and don’t sing for so long. Build gently and be patient.

be on time when choir starts back

Make an effort to get to the first choir session back on time so you can fully participate in the warm up. If your choir leader is worth their salt, they will have devised a warm up routine that helps all the singers ease back into things after the long break. It may well be a longer than usual warm up, but will be well worth it.

Your voice will be back where it was in no time and it will be like the long break never happened. Enjoy your next season of singing!

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