Special Viral Considerations for Singers

Special Viral Considerations for Singers

You’re getting a lot of viral advice right now. 

But did you know that SINGERS need to take special considerations during viral outbreaks that other people don’t?

BEFORE YOU CANCEL an opportunity to sing, read the steps you need to take to measure your risk and boost your immunity.

 

SINGERS AND CONTANGONS

I’ve had the ‘opportunity’ to be traveling and performing during every major viral outbreak in my lifetime, so I get how scary it can be to be wondering just how ‘safe’ you are sometimes.

I’ve also had the ‘opportunity’ to have been a severely immuno-compromised person many times during my recoveries from nearly fatal septic shock.

(I actually wanted to make a video for you on this but…I’ve caught something weird that’s kept me in bed for days.  No worries…it’s not Covid19.)

 

I have to say, I’m a lot more of a ‘germaphobe’ than I ever was before,

But all of that has given me the opportunity to ask medical specialist and medically certified holistic medical professionals the inside questions about how to keep my immune system as healthy as possible and still be able to do what I love…”get out there and…sing!”


And that’s what I’m going to share with you now.

THE 4 BIGGIES THAT MAKE SINGERS SICK

 

It’s not viruses.

It’s not even dirty hands (believe it or not).

And, chances are, you’re probably ignoring most, if not all four right now.

 

On the whole, singers are pretty good at doing the list of things you’re hearing about ten times a day now.

But there are FOUR we tend to forget about that really put our anatomy at RISK, even after all that ‘distancing’ and ‘hand-washing’. 

 

1. Dehydration

This is the MOST ESSENTIAL body need that singers don’t think about.

 

Water is to the body what gas is to your car.

If you’re going to drive through a storm, one of the first things you check before you leave is if you have enough gas to make it.

 

SINGERS EXPELL EXTRA MOISTURE WITH EVERY NOTE

So take that ‘8 glasses a day’ guideline (which, by the way has been revised in recent years to up to 12), and consider your increased hydration needs for every rehearsal, run-through or performance you have coming up.

 

A HEALTHY SINGER SHOULD BE DRINKING CLOSER TO 15+ CUPS A DAY DURING ANY MONTH YOU’RE SINGING.

But it can take the body up to TWO WEEKS to get hydrated. 

And with the exception of training athletes or people who heavily work out, the rest of us tend to be dehydrated all the time.

 

BUT TAKING THOSE FLU ‘PRECAUTIONS’ ARE ACTUALLY MAKING IT WORSE!

 

Consider how much moisture your skin loses every time you use an ALCOLHOL WIPE.

Add to that the fact that when we are feeling stressed our bodies need even MORE water to function properly.

Then add on the hydration needs of SINGING…

 

You get the picture.

 

 

THE best thing you can do starting right now is to drink water constantly.

TIP: *add a little lemon juice (which neutralizes once ingested) to help acid reflux and ‘throat gunk’.

 

2. Stress

These are stressful times.

But if you’re honest, you were probably stressed before you found out there was a pandemic, right?

So, now your body is SUPER stressed.

 

If you’re preparing to sing, you’ve got the natural added stress that comes with that. 

In fact, singers rarely consider just how much stress their bodies are under just from memorizing, performing deadlines, nerves and the rest of the physical challenges singing brings.

DON’T IGNORE the compounding effect that each source of stress has on your immune system.

Lucky for you, SINGING has acutally been proven to reduce stress….so singing more when you don’t HAVE too is really a good thing!

 

 

 

3. Lack of self-care

 

If you weren’t thinking about your health before, you are now.

 

General self-care is the difference between singers who can handle touring and those who…can’t.

Misusing their vocal anatomy is the #1 reason their voice dies prematurely… but ignoring simple self-care WILL cause you to sound worse than you really are.

We have to ‘feed the machine’ if we expect it to work for us.

A BODY WITHOUT ENOUGH REST, NUTRITION & HYDRATION CANNOT POWER YOUR BEST SINGING VOICE

In order to sound it’s best, your voice and your body need:

  • REST (more is always better)
  • CALM (which singing for fun is proven to enhance)
  • NUTRITION (now is a great time to revisit how you fuel your body)

 

 

4. ALCOHOL

Just like alcohol wipes dry the body’s outside (the epidermis) leaving it at risk for more damage and infection, alcohol on the inside of the body strips essential body systems of moisture; including the vocal anatomy.

If you’re currently under stress (&, if you’re watching the news, you are), and if you’re already naturally dehydrated (chances are high that you are). then adding ANY amount of alcohol right now is going to give your immune system an even harder mountain to climb.

 

As a rule, drinking alcohol within 24hrs of singing will keep your body (& your voice) from being able to do your best.

Plus, in times of increased stress, if your self-care is not at a maximum, any amount of alcohol puts your voice at increased risk for DAMAGE.

 

If I were even a casual singer and I planned to sing at all during this viral outbreak I would take all alcohol off the menu for the time being.

This is also my guideline for touring singers and heavy use voices (musical theater, upcoming concerts, worship singers).

SINGERS & THE VIRAL CYCLE

  • Singing is safe during a virus as long as:
    • You are healthy (no fever)
    • You boost your immunity through vigilant self-care,
    • You are informed about what to look out for & how to protect yourself

 

  • Cleaning products marked by the FDA as ‘affective against flu’ have elements that have been known to interrupt a virus’ life cycle & keep it from replicating.  They don’t actually kill it.  Only use products recommended by your doctor or well-known medical institutions.

 

  • Your best defense is a good offense:
    • REST (listening to music is a great way to reduce stress by keeping your brain busy & is medically proven to
    • CALM (singing is proven to release the ‘chill’ hormone)
    • EXTRA HYDRATION (anything without caffeine or sodium counts but water is the best) AVOID SODIUM (even in nasal sprays unless used minimally)
    • GOOD NUTRITION (soups are a great way to get in more fluids + essential nutrients)

 

  • LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE:
      • Voice cracking more? Suspect dehydration & lack of self-care
      • Don’t feel like getting up to sing? Suspect anxiety and lack of rest (boost self-care)
      • Voice unusually tired? Suspect lack of self-care.

 

  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY:
    • Feel ‘germaphobic’? Suspect your anxiety AND your skin: don’t forget to moisturize every time you use alcohol wipes!
    • Anxiety getting to you?  SING!  SINGING IS PROVEN TO RELEASE HORMONES THAT REDUCE ANXIETY
    • Feeling unusually tired even though you’re healthy? Suspect STRESS and lack of self-care.

 

SING FOR YOUR HEALTH

Singing is a Health Booster

  • Singing is an anti-anxiety drug:  It releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for relieving anxiety and depression
  • Singing is a happy drug: It releases endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone
  • Singing lowers stress: It releases cortisol, the hormone that lowers stress
  • Singing boost immunity: it increases brain chemicals that help the body be more resilient
  • Singing improves sleep: the combined physiological effects singing has on multiple body systems enables sleep to be more restful and more reparative to the body.

 

Singing to Others Helps Them Too

  • It’s the oldest ‘tribe-connecting’ activity in history for a reason: we thrive on knowing we’re in this together
  • It’s a great way to help others to literally feel better (see medical benefits above)
  • You can help reduce other people’s stress & maybe even make them laugh (on purpose, right?)

Don’t stop singing!

 

How to Sing God Bless America – avoiding voice cracks and bad notes


 
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Ban Boring Worship-2 pro tools to create dynamic worship plus “What a Beautiful Name” walkthrough

Ban Boring Worship-2 pro tools to create dynamic worship plus “What a Beautiful Name” walkthrough

IN THIS VIDEO

  • What the music industry knows about you that uniquely qualifies you to make your worship music better (seriously!)

 

  • I’ll confess what really happens when singers/musicians are paid to play at church & what you have in common

 

  • Why ‘singing it like the mp3’ is bad advice

 

  • Learn 2 powerful professional tools to make a massive difference- even if you’re the only one who does it

How do you sing a song your so tired of?

After our 10th move, my husband and I were recently back to ‘church shopping’.  Which, admittedly, is a little weird for singers, musicians, pastors..and vocal coaches..

But it was a humbling reminder of some the mistakes I’ve made in worship teams past. (I guess I got two messages for every service.)

It’s so easy to judge from the seats but it’s another story to be the one on the platform singing that song you never really liked for what seems like the hundredth time in one team rotation.

It was like God shouldered me with a wink as He reminded me of the worship rehearsal where He changed my view of singing in the church forever.

I’ll tell you what I learned about authentic worship, being a great team singer and a better worship leader in this video.

Does God really like my worship?

You don’t have to be a worship leader to make a big difference in the quality of your teams worship. (but there are bonus tips in here for you if you are).

But even if you have ‘the title’ (& a bevy of worship conference lanyards) we will always have the tendency to get distracted and…dare we say…bored…with some of our worship songs…or sets.

It’s only human.

The problem is, when we let it get the best of us we miss an incredible opportunity to be used by God. 

We don’t have to.

I’m gonna share the worship rehearsal that God used to change my entire view of how I approach singing in the church. 

It was a huge wake-up call.

 

What bad cover bands and many worship teams have in common

If it weren’t enough to fighting our humanity, living in this time in history brings additional barriers to authentic worship that we’re not even aware of.

Our passive exposure to very active ‘music industry’ plays a huge part in what comes between our heart for worship and that microphone.

In this episode, I’m going to take you behind the curtain of the radio and music industries & expose the part they play in making us bored fast.

But no worries!

As it happens, the backside of everything they’ve used us for has caused the entire generation to develop a unique musical expertise.

 And I’ll show you how to put it to use on your worship team and completely change how you communicate the passion you’re up there to share.

 

If I knew as a new worship leader what I know now as a vocal coach

…I would’ve told every singer I worked with this: Even a new singer in a small church can contribute to a worship rehearsal to improve how our music connects with people.

And then I would show them how.

So here it is…for every worship leader and team singer.

BONUS:

The ONLY 2 WAYS to get  that ‘breathy’ ‘airy’ sound in worship without hurting your voice

TWO PROFESSIONAL SINGING TOOLS TO MAKE EVERY SONG UNIQUE

…and anything but boring.

There are two tools I developed out of my professional experience and that hugely convicting experience.

In this video I’ll tell you what they are and show you how to put them in action.

Then I’ll walk you through a badly chosen key of Hillsong’s “What a  Beautiful Name It Is” and show you the process so you can use it faster.

 

All of us can make a bigger difference in our teams. 

 

If this inspires and serves you, pass it on to every worship singer you know so we can all continue to excel.

 

Please let me know what you think and share with me what you’ve done or learned along the way!

 

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Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

Should I Quit Singing? Pro singing tips you need to know WHEN (not if) your confidence tanks

IN THIS VIDEO

  • Learn how to avoid the soul-crushing boomerang
  • Discover new ways to ‘get out there and sing’
  • Hear our super-unique solution to every possible argument you’ve probably ever had for NOT singing.
  • Find out how to move from wishing you were singing to DOing it NOW!

Singing tips no one tells you for when your confidence is tanking

It never feels like it, but every singer feels like quitting if they do it long enough. 

It doesn’t matter how many singing lessons, tips, training, even performing you do.

The truth is that the more we THINK, PRACTICE, DREAM about singing….and if we do that considerable more than we actually SING, will wear on your confidence.

It’s easy for me to tell you to ‘get out there and sing’.  But sometimes, fear and insecurity can KEEP us from seeing the amazing amount of opportunities that are just waiting.

And the more you take, the more you get to experience the JOY of singing.

Sure you’ll still think about what you want to improve.  But that little voice in your head will shrink back into the tiny nag it should be.

 

SINGERS THAT GROW ARE SINGERS WHO ARE OUT SINGING!

STOP asking “am I good enough”!

Think of it this way:

Will I ever be the best singer in the world?

NO

But you CAN do something that literally NO other singer on the planet can do:

Sing with your uniquely created set of vocal cords to make notes with the kind of timber, tone and texture that literally only you can!

So QUIT trying to sound like other singers!

Can some singers sound like other singers?

YES….but….(BIG BUTT)….

  • Why would you want to settle for being a cheap knock-off of someone else?

 

  • In order to make your unique voice sound like someone else’s unique voice, you have to manipulate, many times causing bad habits that lead to vocal damage

 

  • And even if you succeed…what you LOSE in the process is the ability to recognize and develop YOUR unique sound.

“Talent Shows”…AREN’T actually TALENT SHOWS

THEY’RE CASTING CALLS to find certain looks, sounds, etc that fill out a ‘cast’ combination that a show needs to better ratings.

 

Nothing wrong with that.  Really.

As long as you remember (and this is super hard to do) that a rejection is only saying they either already casted a role you’d fit or the’re not casting what you have.

Actors do it every day.  Sure it’s a bummer if you don’t get cast.  And, yes it can feel devastating if you’re sure you were perfect.

But they TELL actors that it’s not the PERSON that isn’t validated, they just weren’t cast for a PART.

It’s time we tell the SINGERS too!

 

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Why do I have vocal strain?

Why do I have vocal strain?

IN THIS PODCAST

Vocal strain is the #1 complaint from singers, so it seemed fitting to kick off our podcast by addressing an all to common problem that prevents you from singing or speaking to your full potential.

There is a wealth of bad information about this issue, leading already frustrated singers to believe it might not even fixable.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I hope you find hope based on the science of vocal anatomy in the answer I give to Alyssa’s question.

Alyssa asked:

I’m an aspiring voice actress and singer.  I can hit notes really good sometimes but other times I feel tension in my voice.  Sometimes I get so scared about vocal damage that I get discouraged about doing voice acting and that makes me so sad.  Is it too late for me?

 

And I answered by sharing details about:

  • What actually causes strain, pain and tension in the voice for both singers, speakers and voice talent
  • What few people (that includes teachers, trainers and professors) know about vocal strain
  • How strain, pain, tension and even vocal damage can be reversed for good
  • What your voice will really be like once vocal strain is removed the right way

 

Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.

 

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