Here are simple guiding principles to follow when your voice doesn't feel the best but you still need to sing.
1. Short Warm-Up. Just test the voice to asses what you will be able to do. If you are struggling to do something that's normally easy, don't use force or strain to try and fix the voice.
2. Remember Vocal Release. Trust that making the easiest sound is always going to sound the best - because it is! Don't make weird manipulations in an attempt to make yourself sound normal, it won't work.
3. Change Your Set. Avoid songs that require heavy high notes or loud dynamics, if you have a choice. Usually tiredness adds really interesting textures to the voice, so take advantage of this and showcase songs in your lower range with that cool sound.
4. Hydrate! A dehydrated and tired voice is an environment conducive to vocal damage. Eliminate every potentially harmful factor that is in your control.
5. Keep Talking to a Minimum. Don't overwork your voice. Don't talk loud. Don't yell. If your vocal cords aren't swollen already, they are more susceptible to swelling when you're tired.
6. Use the Mic to Your Advantage. Let the sound system do the work of amplifying your voice. Use good and light vocal tones. (By no means will a mic make head voice sound like your mix though- I am not implying that at all!)
7. Pray. If you believe that singing is your calling, then have faith that God wants to help you succeed and carry you through your bad days.
The best way to make sure that your bad days are not a total wreck is to have a solid technical foundation. If you have issues when your voice is feeling good, then they will be magnified when your voice isn't well. Here at Singing Success, we help people become great singers through 1-On-1 Lessons
and through our systematic vocal training program, SS360
. For those wanting to step up their vocal game, there are no better options.
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