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post #1 of 14
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Ive been trying too warm my vocal cords up for auditions i may have for a theater company near me...
but ive straind my throat.. any ideas how too look after it?
get it into shape?
except stubbing out the ciggys
post #2 of 14
That's step one, sweetie. I won't preach... but you are so young. It's just a crime to poison yourself that way.

Beyond that: hot tea and breathing steam both helped me when I used to do voice work. Good luck with the audition!
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
That's step one, sweetie. I won't preach... but you are so young. It's just a crime to poison yourself that way.

Beyond that: hot tea and breathing steam both helped me when I used to do voice work. Good luck with the audition!
there's an herbal tea, Throat Coat, that should help. there are directions for use on the box.
for immediate results [w/later negative results] straight lemon juice [] has brought back my voice for a very limited time. however, afterwards, it's worse than before. so it's really a 'last-ditch' effort!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
That's step one, sweetie. I won't preach... but you are so young. It's just a crime to poison yourself that way.

Beyond that: hot tea and breathing steam both helped me when I used to do voice work. Good luck with the audition!
Thankyou
i started when i was bulied at school and just never stopped

ill try the steamer i dont like hot drinks but if needs must lol
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
there's an herbal tea, Throat Coat, that should help. there are directions for use on the box.
for immediate results [w/later negative results] straight lemon juice [] has brought back my voice for a very limited time. however, afterwards, it's worse than before. so it's really a 'last-ditch' effort!
Lol i did have cold water and vinegar supposed too work
its slightly better today
post #6 of 14
Would hearing about my surgery for polyps on my vocal cords, supposedly caused by talking with a sore throat, help any?
post #7 of 14
I've always found that tea with honey is best. Even though I don't like sweet tea, I make it as sweet and strong as possible. The tannin in the tea helps to clear and the honey sooths.

Along with that, no talking/singing till the time for auditions.

What are you auditioning for?
post #8 of 14
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Would hearing about my surgery for polyps on my vocal cords, supposedly caused by talking with a sore throat, help any?
AUGH! What a horrible thought! That sounds like the same thing that happened to John Sebastian years ago, and his voice has never recovered. Such a heartbreaking thing, that a musician should have his voice ruined.
post #9 of 14
It happened to Julie Andrews, too, although the surgeon botched the surgery and there is some question whether she ever had the polyps.
post #10 of 14
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I've always found that tea with honey is best. Even though I don't like sweet tea, I make it as sweet and strong as possible. The tannin in the tea helps to clear and the honey sooths.

Along with that, no talking/singing till the time for auditions.

What are you auditioning for?
auditions for joining the local theatre,
not only have i hurt my throat but ive ripped a muscle or summing in my finger
post #11 of 14
First one, shut up for a half hour or so just to give the your voice a rest!!

Two, I actually use a hot toddy - a nip of whisky, lemon and honey - it provides a sort of anaesthetic plus the alcohol helps loosen the voice up a bit. Once I've had that one nip I tend to be able to reach pitches lower and higher than if I haven't. I hate to play the devil's advocate but.....

Tell me though, are you just reading for auditions, or are you singing as well? Either way you DO need to cut the ciggys, because they're putting a dreadful strain on your voice and your lungs - cruicial for the volume you need for theatre - plus who wants to hear a crackly old smokers cough on stage?

There are various exercises you can do - for exaple sing arpegios starting from your lowest pitch and then working upwards in halfs until you can't reach any higher. try that
post #12 of 14
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First one, shut up for a half hour or so just to give the your voice a rest!!

Two, I actually use a hot toddy - a nip of whisky, lemon and honey - it provides a sort of anaesthetic plus the alcohol helps loosen the voice up a bit. Once I've had that one nip I tend to be able to reach pitches lower and higher than if I haven't. I hate to play the devil's advocate but.....

Tell me though, are you just reading for auditions, or are you singing as well? Either way you DO need to cut the ciggys, because they're putting a dreadful strain on your voice and your lungs - cruicial for the volume you need for theatre - plus who wants to hear a crackly old smokers cough on stage?

There are various exercises you can do - for exaple sing arpegios starting from your lowest pitch and then working upwards in halfs until you can't reach any higher. try that
Ill be singing
i will quite smoking if it kill me, well it will, but eeh you know what i mean

Ill try the hot toddy, but ill have too fight rix for it as he loves whisky,

Ill try the warmup excersise too thankyou soo much sweet heart

as for shutting up ill give it a go
ill just have too type more
post #13 of 14
heheheh! I know how you feel! A lot of the vocal work I've done involves a lot of warm-up. I spent a few years doing kareoke just to keep the voice in shape. Alcohol did have a large part to play in that too though Keep it exercised, but gently, every day and you shoudln't have any problems Let us know how the auditions went eh?
post #14 of 14
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heheheh! I know how you feel! A lot of the vocal work I've done involves a lot of warm-up. I spent a few years doing kareoke just to keep the voice in shape. Alcohol did have a large part to play in that too though Keep it exercised, but gently, every day and you shoudln't have any problems Let us know how the auditions went eh?
Lol i wi im not sure when they are as of yet.. neither do they.. if this one wont take me theres one a few miles away that have aready said theyll take me a back stage and work from thiere
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