December 19, 2020
Saturday at 3pm via Zoom
EVENT: Virtual Halloween Concert
After months of months of study and practice you are ready for your performance. Music learned and you are ready to be an expressive performer. Here are four things that you can do to give you that extra edge that you might have not focused on:
We all know the adage, “You are what you eat,” but when you are a vocalist, “you sing what you eat.” There are foods you shouldn’t eat as a performer. Dependent upon how your body reacts to food, some examples could be fried foods, spicy foods, dairy, and food related to fats. Some can increase phlegm, upset stomach, cause heartburn, aggravate acid reflux, or even cause inflammation on your vocal folds. Any of these can throw you off peak performance level!
How many hours of sleep are you getting at night? If you are not getting enough sleep, you stand the risk of straining and damaging your vocals. Sleep is a special time for the body to relax, recharge and even repair. If you sing while you’re under vocal fatigue, you will end up damaging the quality of your voice, leading to loss of volume, lack of clarity, and poor tonal output.
Sorry! Coffee include caffeine—a nice way of spicing up your day. But did you know caffeine is a diuretic? That means it will dehydrate you, possibly leaving you with dry and irritated vocal cords. While it might be challenging for you to give up your daily Starbucks, it is one sacrifice we recommend if you are to perform well. But if you cannot give it up; then make sure you consume plenty of water to compensate for every cup of coffee you take.
One thing some of our voice teachers do at Cadenza is to start a workout session. The workout routine at home could include extensive aerobic exercises like swimming, running, or biking. Such exercises build and strengthen the heart and improve blood circulation. They also help in expanding the capacity of the lungs, keeping the airway clear as well. Since your lungs play an important role in your singing, increasing their function is always a wise choice. Being fit is always helpful to a performer!
Our voice, literally and figuratively, is one of our most powerful tools. This God-given gift we possess still needs to be nurtured and taken care of. Announcers, singers, DJs, actors, and more all undergo extensive training to enhance and develop their voice. Your voice is the foundation of your musical career!
The voice is highly adaptable and extremely flexible. If you’re a great singer, or you aspire to become one, have no fear! Professional singers and teachers have designed many ways to improve the beautiful voice within us. Here at Cadenza, we’re happy to help from formal voice lessons to just a few tips. Here are three techniques to help you!
Posture. Visualize your stance in front of a mirror. You might be reminded of your mom always telling you not to slouch. Our posture can sometimes represent, and even effect, self-esteem and level of confidence. But posture absolutely effects the voice. The body is your instrument – you must have good posture. So, standing up straight, shoulder blades back, sternum raised and rib cage expanded are very important.
It’s very important to warm-up your voice through breathing exercises. Breathing is natural, of course, but it also can be made more efficient. Breathing and relaxing the muscles in your body helps you release tension. Although it’s a very natural process, we must learn how to control it when we sing. The best place to learn breathing exercises is a private voice teacher, but here is one: Breath in for 4 counts (remembering posture) and breathing out on an “s” sound for increasing amount (4, 8, then 12, then 16, etc.). Remember not to collapse your posture and don’t push! Stay relaxed.
This is just the beginning to being a better singer and performer. Come experience the next steps at Cadenza!