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Top 10 Causes of Vocal Fatigue

Top 10 Causes of Vocal Fatigue Do you ever experience Vocal Fatigue after you sing? Awesome!!! Wait…what?  You heard me right. . . .if you get vocally tired after you sing (meaning: you get hoarse, you loose parts of your range, you go to sing and little/no sound comes out and the only way to fix it is for you to not sing or talk for a day or more) then you should be thanking your lucky stars. Why? Because Vocal Fatigue is like a giant, flashing neon sign telling you there’s something you need to fix right away that’s going to make your voice, your sound and your performances MUCH better once you do.  So if you experience Vocal Fatigue, it’s an opportunity to take a closer look at your mechanism and the way you’re using it to take you to the next level.  It’s also SUPER important because Vocal Fatigue is a key indicator that you’re headed for vocal injury – nodes, vocal cord hemorrhage, a paralyzed vocal cord – cause all the things that contribute to Vocal Fatigue are the same things that lead to vocal injury if they’re not addressed. They’re also the same things that

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Mental Practice – A Singing Technique So Easily Overlooked

Sometimes the most efficient form of practicing singing doesn’t involve singing at all. Singing is an athletic endeavor, don’t let anyone tell you any different. We are asking our body to do the same thing over and over again for a desired outcome. Just like a major league pitcher or an Olympic sprinter, a singer’s body is our instrument. And no matter how good your technique or how healthfully you sing, there comes a point where too much practice singing will fatigue your instrument. The common wisdom is that a singer should sing for no more then about three hours a day total, and not more then about an hour straight without a break for vocal rest. But every singer is different. It is so important to know your instrument well enough that you are aware of what it feels like as you approach the threshold of overuse so that you can stop singing before you reach it. After that point, the idea of “mental practice” becomes essential. What is mental practice? Mental practice consists of taking yourself through your music in your mind’s eye (or in this case, ear) in a deliberate and specific way to reinforce your technique and