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Shut Up. Time for Vocal Rest.

Greetings once again Earthlings!

We’ve just gotten to Toronto, Canada, in what is turning out to be a great tour!

Although things are going well, I can now say that the number one road-killer for the voice is exhaustion!

I noticed on a couple of gigs that my performance was suffering due to the lack of sleep. Since then I’ve done everything in my power to make sure I get at least get 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night in some way or form. Although this may not be the required amount of sleep that any doctor would recommend, on the road you have to do the best with what you’ve got. Since then, I have found that my singing has felt great every night and in a weird way I feel like I’m acclimating to the whole experience!

The other thing that is any singer’s saving grace on the road is VOCAL REST! What I mean by that is, whenever your voice feels tired, SHUT UP!!! I mean it: no talking at all. If you have a day off in between gigs, don’t say a single word the entire day; write notes and use body gestures. It works WONDERS for the voice and can make the difference between a strained voice and nicely healed, ready-to-go voice.

I had the day off a couple of days ago; I didn’t say a single word all day and I came back to the next gig feeling like a million bucks. Treat your voice with the respect it deserves and it will serve you unconditionally till the day you die! Hahaha—extreme but true. You obviously have to keep on doing your daily warm-ups but not on your vocal rest days.

So the bottom line here is this: do whatever it is you need to do to get as much sleep as you can…and give your voice a break! It’s working hard for you, so let it have some time off. Don’t worry about not being social with your band mates or your buddies, they’ll have to understand. You’ll have plenty of time to talk and laugh once the tour is over.

Have I now solved every vocal problem? Hmmm. Find out next time…

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  • charlotteconley

    Excellent advice! The only way to improve that article is to let the singer know that whispering is not vocal rest. It's actually much harder on the voice than singing, or even shouting. Do like the man says, and just sit back, and shut up. :)

  • Royalkinglouis