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(remedies)soothe voice prior to singing

Question Posted Thursday January 17 2008, 10:02 pm

I love singing.. I sing for the choir..
sometimes i find that my throat dries out and its hard to sing...
what are some home made recipes to sooth my voice prior to singing???
lubricating the thoat so that i can sing melodiously??

Please help...

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Mishila answered Thursday April 15 2010, 1:40 pm:
You should drink a glass of warm water and cyyan pepper sorry if im spelling it wrong but yea it works alot and its also works for getting rid of colds....

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aidenisfire answered Saturday January 19 2008, 10:40 pm:
water always is good, but you don't want the water to be too cold or else that will affect your voice. try to stay away from dairy the day you are singing. also, this may sound silly but cough drops are a great idea because they cover your throat, making it less likely to dry out. hope this helps.

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Siren_Cytherea answered Friday January 18 2008, 5:22 pm:
Halls vapor action cough drops. They work.
Room temperature water - NEVER ice cold (if you try it, your vocal chords tend to try to seize up; you kinda shock them), hot is okay, but try to go room temp - with either lemon or honey in it. Lemon works for some people, honey for others.
Peppermint tea is good, too, with a Ricola cough drop melted in it. Or you can do a combo and put a teaspoon of honey in peppermint tea with a cough drop melted in, or lemon and honey, get the drift. Anyway, the peppermint DECAF tea with a cough drop in it is what I did every morning before my competitions, worked like a charm.
Drink LOTS of water.
Don't drink caffeine, stay away from dairy that day, and try to stay away from sugar. (Sugar free cough drops are good)

I was a vocal performance major for two years, if you have technical questions, feel free to drop one in my inbox.
-Siren =)

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kc answered Friday January 18 2008, 1:12 pm:
Do not drink milk before you sing. It thickens the mucus in your throat, as does chewing gum.
A Teaspoon of honey is good. Do not have anything too acidic, I don't think you want to burp during your performance. Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated, and you should hum a lot to relax your vocal cords so they are not tight when you sing, which could cause your voice to be raspy and squeeky. Throat sprays work, even though they are for sore throats, my choir used to use it and it worked well.

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Rosalina answered Friday January 18 2008, 12:16 pm:
I only know of two:
One, which sounds REALLY gross, and is, but works incredibly well, is olive oil. Drink it, and it will help.
Second, hot tea with lemon and honey will soothe any throat problem.
There's also salt-water, but I don't reccommend it. Gargling with it has caused me problems in the past(gagging up chunks of salt at intermission... ick.)
Any other singing questions... I'm your girl. ;)

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