December is the month when most people party, have annual corporate functions or just get together and have a good time. So for a singer like you and me, there would be a place and occasion to sing almost every day. Cheers to that!!!!
But it is also a time of cold winds, runny noses and sore throats. And I have been struggling to stay in good singing condition while battling all of these. I mean after all the hard work and time I invested in perfecting my techniques and learning few songs really well , I realised my singing is still dependent on the condition of my voice on the particular day.
But there are singers out there who are doing amazingly well despite all these petty problems. So I resolved to find a way around this.
Eventually I have found some tips that worked for me.
1) Water: Winter tends to make our throats extremely dry, so voice ends up cracking easily and the mucus makes it difficult to shift quickly between high and low notes. Lots and lots of water (5 to 6 litres) on the PREVIOUS day. NOT the same day. A well hydrated vocal chord will give amazing control and flexibility to your voice. Tried and tested. Works 🙂
2) Lip trills: I discovered this very late. Western singers swear by lip trills for warm up. And I didn’t realise how effective this is – till one day early in the morning, I felt like my voice had gotten stiff and stuffy and nothing seemed to be working to get my voice to open up. Few lip trills later my voice had cleared out and I was able to sing my entire range (Both mandra and taar saptak or lower and higher octave). In fact it would be a great idea if you can find a safe place and do a few lip trills before any performance. You will immediately feel a difference.
3) Honey: When there’s no time for anything else and the event is about to begin. Get some honey. Don’t mix too much water. Keep it as concentrated and thick as possible. Take a sip every time you feel your voice is cracking or getting strained. Honey has a lubricating effect on the throat. I don’t know how it works, but I have tried this too and it works amazingly well.
These were three hacks that work really well for me. Do try and let me know if it works for you too! Also do you have your own hacks and tricks to fight the cold weather and still manage to put up a great performance? I would love to know. Do share in the comments section 🙂