A quick guide into the world of today’s modern-day singers and what we can do to prevent vocal injury courtesy of Robert Lunte and the rest at The Vocalist Studio.
In a world of instant gratification and constant social media interaction, many professional singers (both modern and classical) such as Adele, Julia Andrews, and Steven Tyler have trouble maintaining their vocal health. In order to keep up with the demands of the music industry, many of these singers turned to vocal surgeries, which only result in serious consequences such as permanent vocal damage and loud talking syndrome.
So what exactly is wrong with today’s culture? How is it affecting today’s singers? Is there anything that we can do to help alleviate this problem? Can anyone sing in the year 2019? If so, who?
To answer these questions, let’s take a closer look into the lives of these professional voice athletes. Shall we?
Keeping Up with the Press
As many of you already know, the life of a professional singer is not an easy one to navigate. In addition to performing in concerts, much of a singer’s life is spent speaking for promo radio shows, press conferences, interviews, live chats, and much more!
Depending on the circumstances, sometimes singers are thrust into the spotlight due to circumstances like winning game shows, being the star of a blockbuster film, or becoming video channel sensations.
In order to survive in the music industry, a singer must not only know how to sing but also how to market him or herself. Altogether, these two skills require endless hours of utilizing and refining your voice.
Very rarely does a singer get the luxury of having a break between recording an album and touring! As difficult as it may be for singers to put their phone in airplane mode while reading a good book, sometimes, it must be done in order to alleviate vocal health issues.
That is why here at The Vocalist Studio, we especially take the time to give our vocal athletes tips on how to improve their vocal health from getting (approximately) 8 hours of sleep a night to performing exercises like meditation and yoga.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
According to The National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep that the average adult (18-65+) needs ranges from 7-9 hours. Meanwhile, for teenagers, that amount is 8-10 hours. Although this may not seem like a big deal, given that much of a singer’s life is spent touring and marketing him or herself, it is vital that he or she must get their recommended amount of sleep.
This is especially true when you take into consideration that being a musician requires having to get used to certain time zones while rehearsing for your upcoming concert at the last minute!
In order to catch some extra sleep, one of the ways that singers do so is by meditating for 10-15 minutes a day (either using an app or an alarm clock). Even though this may not seem like a lot of time, it does do a great job clearing the mind right before the start of a show.
Now the question is, “how exactly do singers manage to live a healthy lifestyle when touring on the road?” To answer that question…
Lack of Healthy Food and Exercise
Understandably, when touring on the road, it’s hard for singers to not be tempted to buy instant food all of the time in order to keep up with the demands of fans all over the world.
Not to mention that unless if you’re one of the lucky few who can manage to fit a whole gym inside or hire a trainer, it’s almost impossible to get some good quality exercise on a bus!
Singing, much like performing karate, is an art and a sport. In order to keep your craft in fine shape, it’s important to keep both your mind and body in shape by eating foods that are light and low in unhealthy fats, salts, sugars, and many other unhealthy substances and performing mindful exercises such as walking and swimming.
It is also a good idea to purchase a voice inhaler and continue practicing warm-ups and slowdowns such as the ones shown in the following video below:
So What Can We Do About It?
Even in a world of instant gratification and marketing, it’s important to practice the art of mindfulness on your mind, body, and spirit. By….
- Making More Time for Singing Breaks
- Making More Time for Sleep
- Making More Time for Exercise and Healthy Eating (or at least hire a professional trainer)
You’re sure to avoid the common pitfalls that many of today’s singer’s, unfortunately, have to deal with.
As a singer, it is your right and responsibility to make the most out of your own body! With that said, if there are any other tips that you think we should add on here, let us know in the comments below!
Otherwise, be sure to pick up a copy of Robert Lunte’s “4 Pillars of Singing” if you want to improve your singing. Either that or join The Vocalist Studio Group on Facebook for help from our community of singers and coaches and subscribe to The Vocalist Studio YouTube Channel for More Help and Content!