It’s that time of the year for another seasonal transition. The move from summer to fall certainly provides some environmental shifting and adaptation. And, it often brings changes in schedules and daily routines, as well as altered patterns of indoor and outdoor activity. It’s a great time for a vocal health check.
Remind yourself that your voice is a unique gift that you need to have in top working order so that it can be engaged and shared to its fullest potential. But it requires proper care and maintenance. Your voice is your instrument. If something goes seriously wrong due to abuse or neglect, accident or disease, it can’t be replaced. So preventive measures must be taken daily to assure its fullest potential can be shared.
Brett Manning has said many times that not only is a singer an artist, a singer is also a vocal athlete. Both the artist and the athlete require proper care, nutrition, diet, and rest, as part of training.
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One of the key recommendations made by Duke Medicine’s Vocal Care Center in Durham, N.C. is to find a good voice teacher or vocal coach so you learn how to sing without hurting your voice. They also advise learning to use your speaking voice in a healthy way by consulting a voice trainer or speech pathologist.
As you know, the development, strengthening, and ongoing maintenance of optimum vocal health is one of the cornerstones of Brett Manning’s methods and teaching. His programs help singers to sing and speak at their greatest ability, fully supported and protected, with ease and comfort.
Another recommendation made by Duke’s Vocal Care Center is to consider getting a baseline evaluation of your voice when you are healthy so that your doctor has a clear point of reference should your voice be injured due to misuse, overuse, disease or some other injury.
You can check with your family physician for a referral so that this can be completed, with the results included your medical history. Many times having a baseline evaluation becomes an afterthought once an injury has taken place.
This makes good business sense as well. Your gift, your instrument, needs to be in the best shape possible in order for you to yield its greatest rewards. In fact, you may want to check with your physician about the frequency of follow up evaluations once you have the baseline on file.