Welcome to Tips for Singers

Hi Everybody,

Like many singers, I have had vocal problems.  I was booked for Christmas Eve, 2011 to sing as a piano/vocal duo, and overdid it.  I just sang too much for too long, and my voice started to crack and break on notes that are usually no problem.

It turned out to have been a small haemorrhage of the left vocal cord, and left bruising and swelling that has been a long time mending.

In finding help to resolve the problem, I came across some helpful resources on the Internet, and would like to share these with singers who may find them similarly useful.

This is the great video of Vocal Cords in action, up close and personal, truly astomishing and strangely moving, for which I am very grateful to Jabalini for posting it on YouTube.

I look forward to adding more content and resources for Vocalists.  If you have anything you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.

Warm wishes,

Rose Tait


This is a helpful page of advice for singers, actors and others who use their voices professionaly. All of us have problems from time to time.






How is Voice Produced?


Using three main structures:


1. Lungs


2. Larynx (VoiceBox) - containing the Vocal Folds


3. ResonatingTract:  Throat, Mouth and Nose



The functions of these are:


1. Respiration  (Breathing) - Air taken into the lungs is exhaled.


2. Phonation (Sound) - The air being exhaled passes through the vocal folds, causing them to vibrate.


3. Resonance - The "raw"sound is produced by the Vocal Folds. When this "bounces around" in the throat, mouth and nose, it is amplified, so a louder sound is made when you are able to make the best use of these spaces. Resonance also changes the "quality" of the voice.



What Causes Problems?


Voice production is basically an aerodynamic process. It should use little muscular effort within the larynx. If too much effort (pushing or forcing) is used to produce the voice, things can go wrong.


1. The voice gets tired quickly and it becomes a strain to keep talking. It may feel or sound weak at the end of the day.


2. Vocal Fold damage; causing irritation, swelling, reddening, nodules.


3. The vibration of the folds change if they become swollen, this leads to a weak breathy voice with a harsh sound due to forcing the voice.


4. Avoid eating late at night as this encourages indigestion, which may affect the voice.




This is a great resource for anybody who needs a voice to make a living - teachers, call centre workers, town criers, not just singers.

Your voice is a very valuable resource - take care of it.

Do not

Misuse or abuse your voice... Smoke, or if you cant give up, cut down...

Talk above the noise at social or sports events...

Talk or even whisper if you are losing your voice... Answer by shouting when youre upset or anxious...


Chemical irritants or dry dusty conditions...

Eating a large meal before going to bed at night...

Excessive use of the telephone...

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Take care

If you have to use the telephone for your living...

About what you drink: too much alcohol, coffee, tea or cola will dry you up...


Not to clear your throat unnecessarily...

To warm up your voice if youre going to use it for a long time...

To have a humidifier in your workplace...

Make sure

You drink at least 6-8 glasses of water each day...

That if your voice sounds different for more than two weeks, you see your doctor...

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Spicy foods and dairy products may affect the voice...

Hormonal changes (such as the menopause, pregnancy or menstruation) can affect voice quality...

The voice is closely linked with emotion, so tension or depression might show in your voice...

Get medical advice if youre worried.





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