Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ever wake up excitedly for an upcoming performance only to realize that you can only breathe through your mouth and are talking like there is a clip on your nose?  Clogged sinuses and sinus issues can be a nightmare for anyone but are especially daunting for singers and voice professionals when breathing normally would….well…come in handy. Sinuses problems usually involve two scenarios – mucous buildup and/or inflammation. This can be due to a viral or bacterial infection, allergies, exposure to...

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Difficulties with acid reflux are one of the most pressing issues today for the voice professional. Kathy Pirtle is leading the way in the performance world with her incredible research on this subject. Follow the link below to an amazing article on dealing with acid reflux and singers. Then give yourself the gift of Kathy’s extraordinary knowledge and guidance which is fully expressed in her book on acid reflux, “Performance Without Pain,” written specifically for the performing artist. Please do...

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There are many different opinions on the use of caffeine by the voice professional. One camp argues that caffeine helps them to feel more energy, stimulates them mentally and quells the appetite. Another camp responds by saying that caffeine should not be used because it dries out the vocal cords, dehydrates the body and can negatively affect the nervous system. So the question is, should voice professionals ingest caffeine at all? In a study done by the Journal of Laryngogly...

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Getting rid of mucus in the throat, chest and lungs is one of the most difficult and pressing issues for the voice professional. We need mucus in our throat and a thin lining on our vocal cords to keep the cords hydrated and flexible. This is the way our body naturally takes care of our vocal cords. However, as voice professionals, to much mucus can be our worst nightmare. Over the counter and prescription drugs may remove the excess mucus...

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