How to Sing Well When You Are With a Cold
What should you do when you are sick but have to sing? Has this happened to you before? The bad news is, sometimes you absolutely must rest your voice and will not be able to sing. The good news is, those times are very rare and in most cases, you can sing through a cold without much trouble or the audience knowing.
If it’s just a simple cold and you absolutely must sing, just keep a few things in mind so you can sing with little to no discomfort most of the time. The following tips for singing when you are sick will help you to accomplish this so you will still be able to sing well even if you are ill.
Tip #1 – Stay Hydrated
Drink lots of room temperature water before, during and after your performance. This will keep your vocal cords lubricated and help move toxins out of your body. You can also drink warm tea. Avoid dairy products, overly hot, cold and alcohol or caffeine based drinks.
Tip #2 – Get Enough Rest
Rest your voice throughout the day, talk as little as possible and get lots of sleep. Everyone has different needs for sleep and when you are sick, you should get plenty of it so your body and vocal cords can heal.
Tip #3 – Avoid Coughing
Excessive coughing and clearing your throat can actually damage your voice. Use cough drops or drink warm water or tea when you feel the urge to cough.
Tip #4 – Avoid Antihistamines
Antihistamines can cause your vocal cords to dry out. Avoid them if you can. Your voice might sound scratchy and you won’t be able to sing well if your vocal cords are dry.
Tip #5 – Spend More Time on Your Vocal Warm Ups
Warm up your voice slowly and gently when you are ill. Remember to drink lots of water before and during your warm up exercises. You should always warm up your voice before you sing. Spend more time on it than you usually do.
Tip #6 – Spend More Time on Your Cool Down
In general, cooling down after singing is a good habit to get into and will allow your vocal cords to heal and regain flexibility. When you are sick, you will put more stress on your vocal cords so you should definitely spend some extra time on your cool down when you finish singing.
Tip #7 – Don’t Push Yourself
Don’t sing louder to hit notes or try to push yourself, if you can’t hit a note because you are sick. It might feel powerful but it sounds worse and you should avoid it so you don’t end up injuring yourself.
Tip #8 – Just Talk at Rehearsals
Instead of singing, just talk at rehearsals, it will work just the same and you won’t hurt your vocal cords before your performance.
There are times when you can sing when you are sick and times when you must rest your voice. You really have to be careful when you are ill and only do what you can do comfortably so you don’t damage your voice. Follow these tips so you won’t put a strain on your voice, sing well when you are sick and be able to recover again.