Do You Get Enough Vocal Rest?

http-::morguefile.com:search:morguefile:8:sleepingcat-ClaritaOk! I wanna talk about the elephant in the corner. I hear it whip its ugly trunk all too often.

I have students who come to me without having slept, admitting that they have no voice ‘cause they’ve been up in the studio all night.

I ask, “Why did you come to me?!” Somehow the desire not to anger their voice instructor causes their brain functions to lapse, and the need to please trumps the common sense of rebuilding the energy that is required to sing healthily and survive a day as a vocalist!

Or even, for that matter, as a cab driver!! Everybody needs rest!

Think of the voice as a set of soft sensitive membranes which, while needing lots of lubrication, also need relaxation and rest!

If you are near a drum snare head and make movement or noise, the “head” of the snare drum, or the membrane that stretches across the frame, vibrates involuntarily.

Thus, the cords, or membranes of the vocal apparatus vibrate involuntarily whenever there is sound.

Sometimes just getting some silence in is better than the most calming guitar solo or the most absolutely gorgeous Bruno Mars cut! No offense, Bruno!

I just think my student needs to hear some silence for a while to rest that weary voice and give me a fraction of a chance to help him learn the best skills to use for vocal longevity.

So I tell my student, “Invest in your vocal recovery!

Spend an hour reading the lyrics to all your songs and organizing them in order of, say, the most to the least difficult to memorize.

Or read up on the careers of some pioneers in the style of music you do; see how they got started.”

Sometimes it’s best to get some rest!


sleeping cat courtesy morguefile.com/Clarita

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