Now that we learned why we should hydrate in order to have a healthy voice, and talked about hydrating the vocal folds internally, let’s have a look at topical hydration. The word ‘topical’ means something is applied directly to a part of the body, in this case the vocal folds (or the nasal passage). This week, we’ll have a look at how to directly hydrate the vocal folds, and what to
We all know it’s important to stay hydrated, but why exactly is hydration so important for the voice? In this 2-part blog post series we’ll first dive into why keeping the vocal folds hydrated is important from an anatomical point of view, the different types of hydration there is (systemic and topical), and the various factors that affect hydration. Finally, we’ll discuss why checking in on your vocal hydration plan from
When the voice doesn’t work, we singers tend to reach out to all sorts of “miracle cures” in the hopes of a speedy recovery. Call it a miracle plant or not, Aloe Vera is pretty amazing and definitely worth looking at. Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians, this medicinal plant contains 75 healing compounds, incuding vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids. The inner part of
Why is (basic) understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the voice important for singers? Knowing the names of the muscles and cartilages that we use while singing is not going to make you a better singer. It is quite possible to sing even without knowing the name of a single muscle! But some basic understanding of how the voice works can be useful for a variety of reasons.
This anatomy and physiology resource for singers and singing teachers is a real piece of art! The music video for “Better Man Than He” by British singer-songwriter Sivu is created with MRI-images of Sivu singing. The video gives you a fantastic glimpse into the complicated movements of the vocal system during singing! Inspired by the video, I wrote a little anatomy lesson for all you singers and singing teachers. In this lesson I’d like