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Thanksgiving foods and your voice

How Thanksgiving Food Affects Your Voice

Thanksgiving is a time where friends, family, and loved ones come together to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate with a large meal. However, if you are a singer or someone who uses their voice every day for work, you are going to want to make sure that your voice stays in peak condition. Continue reading to learn more about Thanksgiving foods and your voice.

Thanksgiving Foods And Your Voice

Turkey

If you are someone who uses their voice a lot you will want to get protein into your diet. This is because it gives you the energy that you need to perform or use your voice for a long period of time. Turkey is a great source of protein and it is also a lean protein.

The Mayo Clinic states that “The leanest meat is white meat from the breast with no skin. If you prefer dark meat, be sure to remove the skin before eating.” This Thanksgiving, try to avoid the skin of the turkey because it contains excess fat that you do not need.

Stuffing

Stuffing is one of the most well-known side dishes at thanksgiving. However, you should try to limit it to a minimum. This is due to various reasons. The first one being that it could have been improperly cooked. Even though the name is stuffing, stuffing it inside of the turkey will not allow it to cook thoroughly and can cause bacteria to spread because it does not get hot enough.

The second reason to why you should limit your stuffing intake on Thanksgiving is because of all the fat in it. Stuffing contains a lot of butter which can be unhealthy for you and your voice. One study published in the National Institutes of Health shows that body weight and body fat volume appears to influence measures of voice quality, vocal aerodynamics, and range performance.

Potatoes

Potatoes are another staple food of any Thanksgiving dinner. However, there are some things that you should know before you eat too much of them. Mashed potatoes contain many other ingredients besides the potato. Most recipes call for added butter, which mentioned above, can affect your voice.

In addition to that, many recipes also call for milk or other dairy products. These can also affect you and your voice. The Voice Care Network, an educational, non-profit corporation that teaches healthy and expressive voice skills states that “Eating dairy products often causes increased throat mucus for many.” If this happens to you, you may want to consider laying off on the potatoes, especially if you have a performance after Thanksgiving dinner.

Drinks

There are many different drinks that are found at thanksgiving. The most common being cider, soda, water, and alcoholic beverages like wine. If you want to look after your voice in the best way possible, you need to watch what you drink, along with what you eat.

To best care for your voice at Thanksgiving, you should stick to drinking room-temperature water. It is recommended that you drink 64 ounces of water each day. In a Q&A at UT Southwestern Medicine, one health professional stated that “If you enjoy a caffeinated or alcoholic drink, you need to add more water to your daily consumption.” If you have a 12-ounce soda can, you will need to add 12 more ounces of water.

Vegetables

Vegetables are very healthy and important for all aspects of your health. One nutrient to look for in your veggies is vitamin A. This is because vitamin A helps keep your mucous membranes healthy. You can find vitamin A in many vegetables like:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Spinach
  • Kale

Dessert

Dessert is arguably the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. However, it may also be the worst for your voice so it is wise to limit the dessert that you eat on Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie is most likely the best as long as you avoid whipped cream due to the dairy. If you have a performance around thanksgiving, it would be smart to save the pie for afterward.

Conclusion

When it comes to Thanksgiving foods and your voice, There are many different ways that they can affect your voice. It is vital to remember to limit certain foods and to get more of others. It is also important to know that most of these effects are only temporary, so if you do not have a performance coming up you should be able to enjoy Thanksgiving and treat yourself along with everyone else. Be sure to check out this article for more Foods For You Voice.

From everyone here at Clear Voice, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/food-and-nutrition/art-20048095
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24408481
http://www.voicecarenetwork.org/article.cfm?PID=104&ID=94
https://utswmed.org/medblog/vocal-cords-care-qa/

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Most Awarded Singers of All Time

Earning an award in the singing industry is a big deal. Only the most beloved singers and performers are even nominated. Here are some of the most awarded singers of all time. These are people that help shape our culture and inspire other musicians to chase their dreams of being able to perform for others.

Taylor Swift

Just this year, Taylor Swift broke the record for the most awarded AMA artist. The last time this record was broken was by Michael Jackson in 2009. She now holds 29 AMA’s, which is a big deal. The singer is still young and could very likely earn many more in the years to come. Not only that, but she also holds the most Billboard music awards, an event that has been held annually since 1990. She has also won 10 Grammy awards, which have been taking place since 1959.

Michael Jackson

After being surpassed by Taylor Swift, the king of pop, Michael Jackson, now sits as the second singer with the most AMA awards. He has won a total of 26 AMA’s, which is still very impressive. He held his position for ten years after passing away in 2009. Not only that, but he also has 13 Grammy awards.

Justin Bieber

Although he only has 1 Grammy award, the singer has won 20 Billboard Music Awards and 15 AMA’s. He has been winning awards since his bowl haircut and is one of the most awarded singers of all time.

Garth Brooks

With 2 Grammy awards, 17 AMA’s, and 16 Billboard Music Awards. On top of that, this country singer has also won 15 Country Music Awards. This leaves him as the most awarded country singer of all time.

Whitney Houston

This music legend, who passed away in 2012, has an impressive 7 Grammy awards. She has also won 20 AMA’s and 6 Billboard Music Awards.

Quincy Jones

His music may not be popular nowadays, but this singer has won more Grammy’s than any other singer in history. He has a total of 28 Grammy awards. The only person who has won more Grammy’s than him is the music conductor, Georg Solti.

Beyonce

This iconic star is the highest awarded female singer of the Grammy’s. She has an impressive 22 awards! She has also won 9 AMA’s and 13 Billboard Music Awards.

Adele

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This powerhouse has 15 Grammy’s awards. She is even one of two women to win the album of the year twice.

Not only does music help shape our culture, but it inspires. It inspires the way people think, act, dress, and create. It also inspires other singers and music writers. The music awards were created to award singers for their hard work and to also inspire people to make their own musical goals come true. Clear Voice is also here to help you achieve your goals as a singer. Our vocal sprays are used by many professional singers to keep their voices clear and healthy. To learn more, follow the link here.

Sources

https://www.grammy.com/

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What You Need to Know About Vocal Cord Paralysis

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to not be able to speak or even swallow food properly? This is the life of someone with vocal cord paralysis. It is a common issue that, unfortunately, affects many people. It is every singer or speaker’s worst nightmare. Here is what you need to know about vocal cord paralysis.

What is vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis happens when the vocal folds in the throat do not function properly. This can happen to just one vocal fold, or worse, both. When people speak or sing, the vocal folds open and close. However, with vocal cord paralysis, they stop opening and closing the way they should. Vocal paralysis in one vocal fold is not dangerous. However, having it in both can be life-threatening. The vocal folds need to be able to close when we swallow things like food and water. If both vocal folds are open, our lungs could be in danger.

What causes vocal cord paralysis?

There are a few different ways people can get vocal cord paralysis. The most common cause is nerve damage that occurs during surgery. Injuries to the head, neck or chest, cancer, and infections are common culprits. Neurological conditions or having a stroke can also cause vocal cord paralysis.

Signs to look out for

There are a few different signs of vocal cord paralysis to look out for. Some of these signs include:

  • Loud breathing
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathy speaking voice
  • Choking and coughing when eating, drinking, or swallowing
  • Unable to hit certain vocal pitches
  • Out of breath when speaking
  • Unable to speak loudly
  • No gag reflexes
  • Unable to clear throat by coughing
  • Constantly trying to clear throat

Treatment for vocal cord paralysis

doctor talking to a patient about their vocal cords

Although not easy, there are ways to treat this condition. For less severe conditions of vocal cord paralysis, treatment consists of therapy. During therapy, the patient will have to do different exercises to strengthen the vocal cords. If the condition is more severe, surgery may be required. There is a lot more to what you need to know about vocal cord paralysis and surgery. There are different types of surgery depending on the severity of the paralysis. Only a doctor can decide what is necessary.

While vocal cord paralysis is not always preventable, it is still important to take care of your voice. If your career relies on your voice, avoid activities that may potentially cause injury to your head, neck, or chest. For more on voice conditions, read our article, “Vocal Nodules and Your Voice”. Taking care of your voice is vital for those who use it in their career daily. Keep your voice healthy with our Clear Voice Spray. Check out the different flavors we offer and pick some out for yourself today.

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vocal-cord-paralysis/symptoms-causes/syc-20378873

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/vocal-fold-paralysis

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Why Sleep Is Important For Your Vocal Health

Getting enough sleep at night is important for all aspects of your health. Your voice is included in this too. But how exactly is your voice affected by sleep or a lack of it? Continue reading to learn more about how sleep affects your voice.

What Is Sleep Deprivation?

Sleep deprivation, otherwise known as insufficient sleep or even sleeplessness, is a condition where someone is not getting enough sleep at night. It can either be chronic sleep deprivation, meaning it has happened for a long time or acute sleep deprivation where it is more infrequent.

Sleep deprivation can lead to many harmful consequences to your physical and mental health. Some examples of this are fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and increased appetite that can eventually lead to weight gain. In addition to all of these, sleep deprivation can also have harmful consequences for your voice.

Sleep Deprivation And Your Voice

Rest

When it comes to how sleep deprivation affects your voice, there are many different things to know. For starters, it is important to remember that to produce your voice, you use muscles called your vocal folds. As with any other muscle in your body, you need to rest it after you use it to allow it to grow stronger. The best way to rest your voice is to get enough sleep. Sleep.org states that “During sleep, the muscles relax, which can help relieve tension and reduce symptoms of chronic pain.”

Fatigue

Another way that sleep deprivation can affect your voice is by it becoming fatigued and weak. This comes when you do not rest your voice as previously mentioned above. In a Q&A held back in 2016, the experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center stated that ” Lack of sleep and fatigue reduces our breath support and negatively affects the mechanics of voice production, which causes our muscles to work harder than they need to when vocalizing.”

Hoarseness

If you ever wake up extremely tired and find that your voice sounds raspy or strained, you might be showing signs of hoarseness. Opera Carolina, an opera company that has been around since 1948 states that “If your voice is regularly hoarse, it is a sign that your vocal cords are being overworked.” This shows that you might not be resting your voice enough whether that be talking too much throughout the day or not getting enough sleep at night. It is important to remember that some hoarseness is normal, but should go away after a glass of water. To combat hoarseness of any kind however, you can use a vocal spray such as Clear Voice.

How To Avoid Sleep Deprivation

Avoiding sleep deprivation is not as hard as it may seem. All you need to do is make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night. The National Sleep Foundation says that the amount of sleep you need is dependent on your age. Here is how much sleep each age should get:

  • Newborns (0-3 Months): 14-17 hours each day
  • Infants (4-11 Months): 12-15 hours each day
  • Toddlers (1-2 Years): 11-14 hours each day
  • Children (3-5 Years): 10-13 hours each day
  • Children (6-13 Years): 9-11 hours each day
  • Teenagers: (14-17):8-10 hours each day
  • Young Adults (18-25): 7-9 hours each day
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours each day
  • Elderly (65+): 7-8 hours each day

Tips For Getting A Better Nights Sleep

There are many great ways that you can get a better night’s sleep. All of these will require you to put in some effort and it is important to know that you might not see any changes immediately so it is important to not get discouraged or abandon these tips.

Eat Right

There are many foods that can help you fall asleep better. Some examples are bananas, almonds, tea, cherries, kiwis, and many more. There are also many different foods that can affect your voice whether they be for good reasons or for bad. Check out this article to learn more about some Foods For Your Voice: 4 Good and 4 Bad.

Electronic Devices

Another way to fall asleep faster to and to get a better night’s sleep is to stay off of any electronic devices at least 2 hours before you fall asleep. As hard as it might seem, this includes the TV.

Set A Bedtime

Setting a bedtime, and sticking to it can help you get better sleep at night. It does this by setting your internal clock. You can do this by setting an alarm on to your phone to remind you to wind down and prep for bed.

Another thing that can help you get adequate sleep and help make that sleep quality is to wake up at the same time. Doing both of these gets your body into a habit of sleeping at the same time and waking up at the same time.

Conclusion

There are many ways that sleep affects your voice. It is important to remember that your vocal cords are muscles and that they need to rest in order to stay healthy and in shape. Another way to help keep your voice healthy is to use a vocal spray such as the ones here at Clear Voice.

Sources:

https://utswmed.org/medblog/vocal-cords-care-qa/
https://operacarolina.org/news/how-does-sleep-affect-my-voice/
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times
https://www.sleep.org/articles/how-sleep-adds-muscle/

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Tips for Public Speaking

Speaking in front of a crowd is one of the most terrifying situations for many people. Few people are great at it. It can be difficult to captivate an audience while also trying to combat nerves. Almost everyone must do it at some point. Luckily, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Here are some tips for public speaking. These tips are proven to be effective in helping people become better public speakers.

Know Your Audience

Before writing out your speech or presentation, figure out who your audience is. Not everyone may appreciate your opening joke. To avoid the blank stares and crickets, learn more about who you are dealing with. This will help you craft a unique message specifically for them that they will enjoy and appreciate.

Prepare Every Detail

There is nothing worse than standing up in front of a crowd and not having a clue what you are going to say. Doing so leads to rambling no one cares about or jumping all over the place so no one can follow. Almost anyone can tell the difference between someone who has prepared and someone who is winging it. Preparing everything beforehand will help your speech have a better flow. It may even help you feel a little less nervous knowing not much can go wrong.

Practice Over and Over

Once everything is prepared, practice! Practice your speech in front of a mirror, a camera, your family, or even your pet. It doesn’t matter – just practice. The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel with your speech. The best speakers memorize their content and only need an outline.

Be Open to Feedback

Listen to feedback from anyone who listens to your speech and adapt. If no one thinks your opening joke is funny, get rid of it or find a better one. This is easier for people who routinely speak in front of an audience. For those who do not, get feedback from anyone you practice in front of.

Add Personality

No one wants to listen to a robot staring down at a paper. It makes every word feel impersonal. Make it a goal to look up from your script as much as possible or even the entire time. Include stories or humor in your speech. This helps the audience connect with you. Try smiling or using hand gestures. Showing any kind of personality will make your speech a little more interesting.

Things to Avoid

One of the biggest mistakes people make when speaking in front of a crowd is nervous ticks. This could include the words, “umm”, “like”, “so”, etc. The speaker may not notice them, but the audience does. They can become a distraction for the audience and can result in you losing their focus on your message. Be aware of what your nervous ticks are and be present enough to avoid them. Another thing to avoid is a boring opening. One of the most common openings is, “Today I’m going to speak about…” This is the quickest way to lose your audience. Instead, start with an interesting story or fact.

Do not feel overwhelmed or defeated by any of these tips for public speaking. It is known to be one of the most difficult tasks for many people and takes time to master. Just keep practicing eventually it will come naturally. Don’t forget to check out our article, “Preparing Your Voice for a Speech”, for more helpful tips. Our Clear Voice Spray also comes in handy for speakers, singers, and announcers who need to soothe a dry throat for performances.

Sources

https://www.inc.com/brent-gleeson/20-tips-for-mastering-art-of-public-speaking.html

https://www.extension.harvard.edu/professional-development/blog/10-tips-improving-your-public-speaking-skills

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Tips To Overcome Your Stage Fright

Stage fright is a fear that almost everyone in the world will experience at some point in their life. It affects people who are nervous due to various reasons and can cause doubts about performance. However, what exactly is stage fright and how can you push through it and face your fear? Continue reading to learn more about overcoming your stage fright.

What Is Stage Fright?

Stage fright, also known as performance anxiety is any nervousness before or during an appearance before an audience. If you have stage fright you may be experiencing many things such as:

  • Rapidly breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweaty hands
  • Nausea
  • Vision changes
  • Racing pulse

Most people actually experience stage fright whenever they give a performance, presentation or are publicly speaking. Even professional actors occasionally have stage fright.

Overcoming Your Stage Fright

Know The Material

Whether you are presenting a PowerPoint to a small group or class, giving a speech in front of hundreds of people, or even performing in front of thousands of people, knowing the material can help you overcome your stage fright. This is either knowing the topic of your presentation or speech well enough to answer questions or it could be memorizing the lyrics to the songs you will perform.

Prepare For Your Performance

Practicing and preparing yourself, physically and mentally is another great tip to overcome your stage fright. This differs from simply knowing the material due to the fact that knowing the lyrics will do you no good if you have never practiced them before.

Speeches are similar, as reading your speech out loud in the mirror or to a friend can help you find any mistakes that you did not notice before. Lifehack.org recommends that you take this one step further by dressing up when you rehearse. Check out one of our previous articles to learn more about Preparing Your Voice For A Speech.

Relax

Now that you are out there and on stage the most important thing that you can do to overcome your stage fright is to relax. When nervous, people tend to breath a lot faster and this can throw you off. Just take a deep breath and clear your mind of any negative thoughts that you may have. This is a great way to calm your nerves and allow you to continue.

Harvard Business School showed a way to cope with the jitters that can come with stage fright. They say that you should pretend to be excited about what you are doing. The researchers believe that this may be more effective than simply taking a deep breath and telling yourself to calm down.

Picture The Best Outcome

The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America (ADAA) states to “visualize your success.” You can do this by “focusing on your strengths and ability to handle challenging situations.” Picturing the best outcome can also give you a positive outlook on things.

The reason why you want to try and keep the negative thoughts out is if you are constantly picturing the worst outcome, chances are you will be too focused on it and it might end up coming true. If things do go wrong, such as a failing microphone, try and make up for it by projecting your voice.

Don’t Rush

As much as you think that rushing through your speech or hurrying off-stage after your final song will be the best, it may not be. Take the time, start slow and give yourself time to get comfortable. You should also give the audience time to understand what you are saying if you are giving a speech or presentation.

Celebrate Afterwards

One way to overcome your stage fright, while also having a positive lookout is to plan something fun for after your presentation, speech or performance. This could be hanging out with friends, watching your favorite movie, or even going to an after-party and having fun.

Conclusion

Overcoming your stage fright is not as bad as it may seem. Stage fright affects just about everyone. This makes it okay if you need to take time to take care of it as there is a chance that your audience will be understanding.

Check out our website to learn more about Clear Voice Vocal Spray.

Sources:

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/six-steps-help-you-conquer-stage-fright.html
https://hbsp.harvard.edu/product/N0408C-PDF-ENG?itemFindingMethod=Search
https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/social-anxiety-disorder/treatment/conquering-stage-fright

https://www.danceadvantage.net/overcoming-stage-fright/

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Vocal Nodules and Your Voice

Vocal nodules are a common condition caused by non-cancerous growths on the vocal cords. They cause the voice to sound raspy, hoarse, or even nasal. Some other common conditions are polyps and cysts. We will go over vocal nodules and your voice, so you can learn how to protect your voice from the damage they can cause.

Causes of Nodules

As a singer, announcer, speaker, or another type of vocalist, you are more at risk. One of the most common causes of nodules is voice overuse. Voice overuse can occur when you sing or talk for long periods or too loudly. Some people this could affect are performers, lawyers, sports announcers, teachers, etc. Some other causes of nodules are repetitive coughing, acid reflux, allergies, and smoking.

Signs to Look Out For

If you are constantly using your voice or commonly experience one or more of the following causes, it is important to look out for any signs of nodules. The signs may not always be noticeable, so talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. Some signs to look for are:

  • Neck pain
  • A raspy or scratchy voice
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathiness
  • Feeling like a lump is stuck in the throat

Prevention and Treatment

man speaking into a megaphone to avoid overuse

There are many ways to help prevent and treat vocal nodules. If you do have nodules, treatment can include either voice therapy or surgery and voice therapy. Either way, lifestyle changes will need to be made. Here are some ways to help prevent vocal nodules:

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid second-hand smoke
  • Limit alcohol & caffeine intake
  • Drink more water
  • Use a microphone rather than raising your voice
  • Keep a humidifier in your home
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Warm-up your voice before performances or speeches
  • Give your voice the rest it needs
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid stress
  • Avoid using your voice when sick

Learning about vocal nodules and your voice can help you avoid these problems. It is so important to make the changes necessary if nodules are something you do not want to risk. To learn more about vocal strain, check out our article, “Vocal Abuse and Misuse“. Our Clear Voice Spray is also a great way to prevent throat irritation.

Sources

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15424-vocal-cord-lesions-nodules-polyps-and-cysts/prevention

https://utswmed.org/conditions-treatments/vocal-cord-nodules-polyps-and-cysts/

https://www.dukehealth.org/treatments/voice-disorders/vocal-nodules

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7 Singers Who Were Discovered On YouTube

There are many different famous singers on the internet today. Although, not everyone who uploads their videos to YouTube makes it big. In fact, around half of the millions of videos uploaded to the site get only 100 views in the first month. However, there are still people who make it big and rack up millions of views. Continue reading to learn more about some singers who were discovered on YouTube.

Singers Who Were Discovered On YouTube

Justin Bieber

Before he was the internet sensation that is today, Justin Bieber was a 12-year-old who uploaded his homemade performance videos to YouTube. Scooter Braun, a record executive stumbled upon a video of Justin singing in one of these videos. It wasn’t long after that Justin signed to a deal with Island Def Jam, an American record label group formed in 1998. He now has over 47 million subscribers on YouTube with many songs that have come out. Here is the video that got Justin Bieber his start towards fame.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen was popular in her native country of Canada before her fame in the United States. In fact, she finished third on Canadian Idol. It wasn’t until December of 2011 when Justin Bieber tweeted that her song Call Me Maybe “Is possibly the catchiest song I’ve ever heard.” That tweet led Justin’s manager Scooter Braun to YouTube where he watched the video and ultimately he signed her to a deal with Schoolboy Records. She now has almost 3 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is her hit song.

Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes started out by competing in singing contests on YouTube. He also was posting six-second Vine clips of him singing in his bedroom. One of these clips consisted of him singing Justin Bieber’s As Long as You Love Me. This Vine went viral almost overnight, and Mendes’s internet presence grew from there with him gaining many followers. He soon caught the attention of Island Records, who signed him back in 2014. Today he has over 24 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is one of his music contest entries.

Charlie Puth

Back in September of 2009, Charlie Puth started a YouTube channel named Charlies Vlogs where he posted comedy videos and acoustic covers for songs. In 2011 he won Perez Hilton’s Can You Sing? by performing a version of Adele’s Someone Like You along with Emily Luther. Later that year, Ellen DeGeneres signed the two of them to her label eleveneleven after viewing their performance. This lead him to the career that he has today with 15.8 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is the winning performance that landed him a record with Ellen.

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer originally started their following on Facebook and Twitter. They were occasionally uploading covers of their favorite songs to YouTube which is what led them to their success. It was not until Louis Tomlinson, a member of the British boy band One Direction tweeted about them saying, “Been a fan of this band for a while, everyone gets behind them.” 5 Seconds of Summer then signed with Capitol Records in 2013. They then went on to create their own songs and currently have 6.5 million subscribers. Here is one of their covers from December of 2011.

Cody Simpson

The next pick of our singers who were discovered on YouTube is Cody Simpson. He started out by posting videos of himself covering songs by Justin Timberlake and other popular singers back in July of 2010. His work was discovered by Shawn Campbell, a music producer. In addition to singing, he has also appeared as a guest actor for several TV shows. He has almost 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Here is one of his covers of  Señorita by Justin Timberlake.

Tori Kelly

Tori Kelley started her music career by trying out for American Idol. This, unfortunately, did not work out for her, however, she kept her head up and did her own thing. She started by making covers for songs in her bedroom. These videos caught the eye of Scooter Braun, the manager of Justin Bieber. She now has 2.7 million subscribers on YouTube. Here is her acoustic cover of Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake

Conclusion

Even though only a small percent of people who upload videos to YouTube make it and go on to be the next big thing, there is no harm in trying for yourself. You can also use other social media platforms to help build yourself a following such as Instagram or Twitter. Who knows maybe you will make it big, or it could lead you to other ways to Make Money With Your Voice.

Be sure to also check out Clear Voice Vocal Spray by visiting our website here!

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Learn How to Sing in Tune

Most people struggle when it comes to singing. They believe that they just were not given the gift to sing and give up. However, what a lot of people do not realize is that anyone can sing. Some people may have been given a natural-born talent, but it is a skill that anyone can acquire. The first step to singing is being able to learn how to sing in tune.

Make Sure You Are Not Tone Deaf

Practicing will be more difficult for those who are tone-deaf. However, this condition is extremely rare. Those who believe they are tone deaf may not be and just need more practice and control over their voices. Tests are available online to find out if you are tone-deaf. The test listed here is one of the most effective for finding out if you are tone-deaf. If so, learning to sing in tune will be more complicated and may require a professional vocal coach.

Stay in Your Vocal Range

Everyone has a vocal range. Trying to sing outside of this range will make it difficult to sing in tune and will most likely strain your voice. There are ways to expand your singing range, but that is a task to save for professional singers. Sticking to your range will make it easier to master your voice.

Try Exercises for Practicing Pitch

person using a music app on their phone

There are a lot of ways to practice your pitch. One of the most common ways to practice pitch is to sing scales. This is done by singing an octave of notes, A to G. Many people also practice pitch using a digital tuner. There are even apps you can download on your phone or tablet for a tuner. Many people use these to tune their instruments, but they are great for tuning your voice as well. Some great apps include:

Keep Practicing

Most importantly, just keep practicing! Professional singers practice over and over to get their notes right. Remember that it is a skill and all skills need practice. For more tips on singing, check out our article, Singing Tips from Professionals.

Sources

https://www.musical-u.com/learn/how-to-learn-to-sing-in-tune/#

https://www.musical-u.com/learn/3-singing-exercises-to-improve-your-vocal-pitching/

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How To Make Money With Your Voice

Most people use their voices to do their job every day. However, what if you could turn your voice into your job all from the comfort of your home? Continue reading to learn more about making money with your voice.

Making Money With Your Voice

Entertaining

If you choose to make money with your voice by entertaining others there are a few paths you can take. These are singing, podcasting and comedy. Each of these has its own requirements.

Singing: Singers need to be able to perform long shows and keep their voices in shape. When starting out, you will be able to work from home or get a few gigs at restaurants. However, as you continue to grow you might want to consider getting a studio so you can expand your business.

Podcasting: Podcasters are able to work comfortably at home or in the office. Before you start you need to make sure that you have all the equipment that you will need like a microphone and soundproof walls. It will also take time for your podcast to pick up and for you to become successful.

Comedy: Stand up comedians need to do a lot of work if they want to succeed. They need to write their own jokes or be able to come up with them on the spot. They also need to book a gig at a restaurant/bar or find one with an open mic night.

Voice Overs

Voice over artists is also commonly called voice actors. They record themselves saying certain things and are paid for these recordings. Some people record in a studio while others find that they can do it at home. Here are some examples of voice over jobs that you can do.

Commercials

Many companies are always looking for someone to voice their commercials. This is where you step in and record yourself reading the script. If you have done this before, consider compiling all of your previous commercials into a portfolio to give out as a demo to future clients. Each commercial you voice over can make you around $250 for a small minute-long commercial.

Media

The next voice acting job you can get is through media. This could be voicing a character in a new tv show. It could also be voicing a character in one of the latest video games too. Voice actors for these jobs are usually paid per job and these jobs can range from $20 to hundreds of dollars for an hour of work. On average these actors make $17.50 per hour.

Audio Books

Audiobooks are becoming more and more popular each day. This is because people are able to listen to them whether they are folding laundry, driving in the car, or even at work. With this demand, many authors and audiobook publishing companies are looking for voice actors. These jobs can make you quite a sum of money. You could end up making over $3000 for one book. It all depends on the size of the book too.

Getting Started

There are many different ways to get started with voice over career. One of the best ways is to sign up for a website like Fiverr. Fiverr is a website that allows you to sell your voice over services to people around the world. The base amount for a service is $5 and you can include add-ons to up the price too. To record you are going to want to get a good microphone a find a quiet sound-proof area in your home. Some people start out in their closet, if it is big enough, and then move to a different location when they have it soundproofed.

Conclusion

Making money with your voice is not hard if you put in the time and maybe a little bit of money. To recap you can voice act in games or tv shows, voice-over a commercial or audiobook, and even entertain people online.

Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn more about some Tips For Recording In Your Home.

For more information about Clear Voice Vocal Spray, please visit our website here to learn more.

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How to Market Yourself as a Singer

As a singer or musician, one of the most important things you can do for your career is to market yourself. Without any marketing, you will go nowhere. This may seem like a daunting task, but do not worry. It is a lot simpler than it sounds! It takes a lot of work, but it is possible. Here is how to market yourself as a singer.

Figure Out Your Goals and Audience

It is important to have solid goals for where you want your music career to end up. Having solid goals will help point you in the right direction. Your goals can be as big as you like, but to prevent things from becoming overwhelming, it is important to break them down into smaller short-term goals. Once you have your goals figured out, find your target audience. Who does your music connect with? Find out and focus on reaching and connecting with them.

Marketing on Social Media

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Being a talented singer is great. However, talent is not enough. For your career to go anywhere, people need to hear your music and know who you are. You must convince people they need to give your music a listen. One way to do this is by creating social media pages for your music. People will not find you right away, but the more effort you put into it, the more people will find you. On Instagram, many people use hashtags to guide users to their pages. Instagram and Facebook also offer paid ads for businesses to create and share with their target audiences. YouTube is especially great for singers and musicians since people are already there to watch and listen to videos.

Communicate with Fans

Once your fanbase starts growing, it is important to respond to and communicate with them. Give them a reason to stay interested in you and your music. They are, after all, what will make or break your career. Communicating with and getting to your fans will help them feel like they know you and will help them stick around longer.

Entering the music industry is no easy feat. However, once you learn how to market yourself as a singer, you will have more success. For more tips on becoming a better singer and captivating your audience, read our article, Singing Tips from Professionals.

Sources

http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/7-music-marketing-truths-all-musicians-should-know.html

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Taking Care of Yourself as an Entertainer

No matter what your occupation, there is one thing that everyone needs to take time to do. This is taking care of themselves. Entertainers are no different, and they might need it more often than other people do. Continue reading to learn more about self-care for entertainers.

Self-Care For Entertainers

Get A Good Night’s Rest

Making sure that you get a good night’s sleep is crucial for day-to-day functions. It can allow you to rest and relax while also getting your body ready for the next day. The human body needs between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. However what can you do to make sure that you are getting adequate amounts of sleep?

  • Nightly Routine: Having a nightly routine can help you fall asleep quicker. If you already have one, consider evaluating it to see if it can be improved.
  • Bedroom: Make sure that your bedroom is the ideal temperature, darkness and is free from any distractions like a cellphone.
  • Food: Stay clear of caffeine and sugar in the later hours of the day. These are stimulants and can keep you awake.

Food

What you eat plays an important role in your mood and many aspects of your life. As much as you might want to eat nothing but pizza, you need to overcome those urges as you could become lethargic. Eating healthy can not only improve your mood, but it can also help your voice. Check out one of our previous articles to learn about some Foods For Your Voice.

Exercise

Daily exercise can be beneficial for your health, not only physically, but mentally as well. It can boost your mood and help reduce any stress or anxiety that comes with being an entertainer. These benefits are amazing, however, you are going to have to make an effort to work out every day to receive the benefits. Even walking for 10 minutes can allow for these benefits. However, it is better if you increase the time spent exercising.

Take Breaks

As much as you want to keep working to pursue your career, it is important to take a break once in a while. Being an entertainer can be stressful and it can become hard to stay focused when stressed. Allow yourself to have time off with friends or family each week or take a vacation every once in a while. Either way, it is important that you take breaks so you can clear your mind.

Keep Your Voice Healthy

If you are an entertainer, chances are that you use your voice on a daily basis. It is important to keep it healthy so you can perform at your best no matter what you are doing. One way that you can help keep your voice healthy is to avoid abusing or misusing your voice.

Another thing that can help keep your voice performing at it’s best is a vocal spray. Vocal sprays such as the ones here at Clear Voice.

Conclusion

There are many different tips about self-care for entertainers. However, it is up to you whether or not you use them. It is always crucial to remember that besides getting a good night’s rest, these tips cannot make a change overnight.

To learn more about Clear Voice Vocal Spray, please visit our website for more information such as flavors and pricing.

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Protecting Your Voice During Cold and Flu Season

Cold and flu season comes around every year without fail. The weather gets colder and the germs spread. While your body may get over it, your voice could be damaged. It is important to take care of your voice when you rely on it for your career. Here are some tips for protecting your voice during cold and flu season.

Avoid Straining Your Voice

It is important to always avoid straining your voice. However, when you are sick it is a lot easier to do this. Make sure to give your voice a break when you are sick. Avoid singing and talking for extended periods. Be sure to also talk at a normal volume. This is one of the easiest ways you can protect your voice when you are sick. Try to also avoid loud settings. Many people strain their voices trying to talk over loud cars or people without realizing it and cause damage.

Eat Healthy and Exercise

Many people do not exercise or eat healthy as often when the weather gets colder and during the holidays. It is important to stay on top of your physical health. Staying fit will give your body and your voice a better chance of avoiding sickness.

Drink Plenty of Water

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One of the best ways to keep sickness out of your body is to drink plenty of water. If you do happen to get sick, drinking water will help prevent your throat from getting dry. It is important to also remember to stay away from ice-cold water, caffeine, and alcohol. Ice cold water will not be as soothing for your throat. Caffeine and alcohol are even worse. They will dry your throat out and cause other problems that may affect your voice as well. Another way to soothe your voice is with steam. Many people keep humidifiers in their rooms when they are sick to prevent a scratchy throat. Our Clear Voice Spray is also a great way to keep your voice lubricated when it is feeling dry.

Make Sure to Rest

Getting enough sleep is vital for staying healthy. Your body needs sleep to have enough energy to function properly. Make time to rest after a busy day and unwind before going to bed. Be sure to also rest your voice often. Especially when you are sick.

Protecting your voice during cold and flu season is no easy task. However, it is possible. If you want to keep your voice healthy and avoid damage it is important to take care of yourself.

Sources

https://utswmed.org/medblog/cold-flu-allergy-hurt-your-voice/

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/ways-keep-voice-healthy-cold-season-5189/

https://www.berklee.edu/bt/123/winter.html

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Natural Remedies For A Sore Throat

A sore throat is something that everyone hates getting. That is because it causes pain and other undesirable side effects. However, if you do end up getting one, what can you do to relieve the pain? Continue reading to learn more about some of our natural remedies for a sore throat.

What is a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is any pain, irritation, or scratchiness of the throat. Oftentimes this pain worsens when you swallow. Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Swollen Tonsils
  • Hoarse or Muffled Voice
  • Swollen Glands in Neck

A sore throat is commonly caused by a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. If it is caused by a viral infection, a sore throat can resolve on its own. However, there are some things that you can do to help relieve your symptoms while you wait for it to resolve.

Remedies For A Sore Throat

Honey

This is one of the more common household remedies for a sore throat. This is because of all of the studies that have shown the benefits of honey. One study showed that honey is an effective wound healer. This could explain why people choose honey to aid their sore throats. Not to mention, it has a great taste too. Try mixing it into a tea or just simply taking it on its own to see some positive results.

Salt Water

Another way to soothe your sore throat is by gargling saltwater. This not only helps soothe the throat, but it can also help kill any harmful bacteria that might be in your throat. You can make a solution to gargle by mixing a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. To get the best results, you should do this every three hours.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is known to have many uses. Most commonly is its antibacterial uses. One study showed how it fights infections with its antimicrobial effects. It has an acidic nature, which makes it effective at helping break down mucus and stopping bacteria from spreading.

Garlic

As with apple cider vinegar, garlic has natural antibacterial properties. There have been studies that have shown the effects of garlic. One such study showed that taking a garlic supplement on a regular basis can help prevent the cold virus. Getting garlic is easy because it is common in many recipes and is found in grocery stores.

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods like cayenne pepper or hot sauce are sometimes used as a pain reliever. This is because they contain capsaicin (what makes it spicy), a compound that blocks pain receptors. This can be beneficial if you have a sore throat. However, if you have open sores in your mouth you should avoid cayenne or hot sauce. If you do not, you can start with a few drops of your favorite hot sauce.

Conclusion

There are many ways that you can take care of your sore throat form the comfort of your home. However, if it is getting out of hand, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor and follow the advice they give you.

To learn about Clear Voice Vocal Spray, please visit our website for more information. be sure to check out one of our previous posts to learn about some Myths About Your Voice.

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Tonsil Removal for Singers

Tonsillectomy is a common surgery done to remove tonsils from the throat. There are many reasons why someone might need a tonsillectomy. Although recovery is usually a pain, it is not considered a serious or dangerous surgery. However, the group of people who are most at risk is singers. Here is what to know about tonsil removal for singers.

A Closer Look at Tonsils

What do tonsils even do? Tonsils may seem like a useless part of the body, but they are part of the immune system. They help the body fight infection but are not vital. Not everyone will need a tonsillectomy, but people usually do when they have one or more of the following issues:

  • Infection from strep throat in the tonsils
  • Problems with snoring or sleeping because tonsils are larger than normal
  • Tonsillitis
  • Unevenly sized tonsils
  • Tonsils stones that keep reoccurring (tonsilloliths)
  • Other infections in the tonsils

Why Singers Fear Tonsil Removal

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There have been rare occasions when a tonsillectomy did not go well. Many singers fear a surgery mishap and will try to avoid it. Tonsils do not directly affect the voice since they are not vocal cords. However, they can affect how a note is placed or sung when they are enlarged. If tonsils are affecting someones everyday life, removal should probably be considered.

There are, of course, risks involved with tonsillectomy. This is true with any type of procedure or surgery. There are never any guarantees. Some of the risks include bleeding, sensitivity, and scarring. Scarring can affect the way someone sings, but it is very rare.

Recovering from Tonsillectomy

After getting tonsils removed it may take a couple of weeks or longer to recover. While it is a safe procedure, it is still important to be careful. One of the most important things to do is to be careful with what foods are eaten in the first week of surgery. Sticking to liquids like broth and applesauce is highly recommended. Avoid hard or spicy food in the first couple of weeks for a smoother recovery. Singers recovering from tonsillectomy like to avoid talking for the first few days. They also like to meet with vocal coaches or voice therapists until they are feeling back to normal.

Overall, tonsillectomy is generally very safe. Singers should get their tonsils removed if they are causing issues. Even with the risks involved. Keeping your voice healthy is vital for singers. Check out our Clear Voice Vocal Spray to help keep your voice clear and smooth for performances.

Sources

https://www.ohniww.org/tonsillectomy-singers-voice/

https://www.chicagovoicecare.com/tonsillectomy.html

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Myths About Your Voice

When it comes to singing, there are many different myths that come up. Are these myths true, or are they in fact incorrect. Continue reading to learn more about some vocal myths and the verdict on whether or not they are true.

Vocal Myths

You should not drink caffeine before you sing

This myth is one of the correct ones. That morning coffee or energy drink mid-day can help you stay awake and alert, however, it also covers up any pain that your throat might have. At first, you might think that this is good, but when you really think about it, you still have pain, but you don’t recognize it. That will lead to your throat not healing and being in more pain later.

A little bit of caffeine is fine, as long as it is in moderation. Excess caffeine can also lead to your throat drying up. If you do need caffeine, you should aim to drink water or fruit juice to wash it down.

Alcohol Can Soothe Your Throat

This myth is in fact false. Drinking alcohol before you perform, no matter how little the amount is, can actually dry out your throat and leave you with an inability to hit high notes. It can also prevent you from using your voice at its maximum potential. The best way to keep your voice at its peak is to avoid alcohol until after the show.

After the show, it is important to limit your alcohol intake as well. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can create long-lasting damage to your voice.

Honey Can Soothe Your Throat

Unlike alcohol, consuming honey can actually be beneficial for your voice.
There are many people who use honey as a way to help with their sore throats. Adding honey to tea or even warm water can help soothe and relax your voice. You can also just have honey by itself if you prefer.

Whispering Can Help Save My Voice

This one is true in some cases, but not all of them. Whispering can help you from overusing your voice but people still want to be heard when they whisper so they put a strain on their voice. This counters the entire purpose and can cause damage. The best way to save your voice is to talk quietly without forcing yourself.

Food Will Not Affect Your Voice

What you eat in fact does have an effect on your voice and vocal health. If you eat foods such as fast food every day then you might not be able to sing at your best. Some other things to look out for are dairy products because they can cause acid reflux. To learn more about some foods that are good and that are bad for your voice, check out one of our recent blog posts here.

Drinking-Water During a Performance Helps

It is important to get enough water before you perform so that your vocal cords stay hydrated, however chugging a glass between songs might not be the right thing to do. Instead, you should sip water so no air bubbles get into your stomach. If you do decide to sip water, make sure that it is room temperature and not cold.

Conclusion

To summarize the article, don’t drink caffeine before you sing, dont drink alcohol before singing or excessively, use honey to soothe your voice, whisper the right way, eat the right foods, and last but not least sip on water during your performance. There are also many more vocal myths that are out there, but these ones are the ones that are commonly questioned.

To learn all about Clear Voice Vocal Spray, please visit our website for more information.

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Tips for Recording in Your Home

Do you want to start recording music, but do not want to spend a fortune on renting a recording studio every time? There are other options! Here are some tips for recording in your home.

Acoustic treatment for the room

First things first, it is important to use acoustic treatment in the room you are recording in. Make sure you do not mistake this with soundproofing a room. They are two completely different things. However, it is still important to make sure the space you are recording is quiet. Acoustic treatment is used for absorbing sound in a room to help create a purer sound while recording. The treatment will be different for each room. Rooms that are small and have a cubicle shape will most likely need a lot more acoustic treatment. With a larger room that has higher ceilings, you probably will not need as much. To do this, first, start with bass traps in the corners and on flat walls as needed. Then add acoustic panels and diffusers.

Microphones

There are different microphones for all different kinds of tasks and sounds. There are a few main types of microphones: dynamic, condenser, and ribbon. Dynamic microphones are the most common and popular choice. The Shure SM57 and SM58 are the best dynamic microphones. These microphones are a great option for recording at home because they are more affordable. For studios, condenser microphones are more common. These are the fancy-looking microphones you see in most studios. This is because they are more sensitive to sound.

Audio Equipment

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Before you can begin recording anything, you will need recording equipment. Here are the basics you will need to record any decent sound.

Computer – A high-speed computer is vital for recording music. Apple computers are great because they are usually pretty fast and come with GarageBand software already installed when you purchase one. There are free options for PCs, but they do not work very great. If you decide to use a PC for recording, you will most likely need to pay for a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Audio Interface – This is used to connect the sounds from your microphone to your computer. There are options for purchasing a DAW and audio interface combo as well. This is a great option for beginners.

Microphone cable (XLR cable) – Your microphone will need a long cable. Luckily, these are not too expensive.

Headphones – Most people do not spend a lot of money on headphones for recording. Although, some people suggest investing in a good pair. It is important to make sure they are comfortable and sound good.

Other Equipment

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All recording equipment is optional. You need a way to capture the sound. Some people do not use acoustic treatment and others do not even use external microphones. However, the more high-quality equipment you have, the better the sound. Here are a few other things recommended for beginners.

Studio monitors – These are high-quality speakers. They are designed specifically for recording studios.

Microphone stand – You can hold the microphone, but having a stand will make recording easier and just one less thing to worry about.

Pop filters – These are not necessary, but help the sound. They get rid of popping sounds while singing. This can happen when pronouncing certain letters while singing like the letter “P” and “B”.

These are just a few tips for recording in your home. Recording any music that is decent quality will not be cheap. However, you can still record beautiful music without buying everything that professional studios have. Don’t forget to also check out our Clear Voice Vocal Spray. Clear Voice is used by professionals all around the world, including singers, announcers, and other vocalists.

Sources

https://www.soundonsound.com/sound-advice/what-mic-should-buy-first

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Preparing Your Voice For a Speech

Preparing your voice for a speech can seem like a daunting task. However, it is not as hard as it may seem. All you need to do is remember a few key things. Continue reading to learn more about how to prepare your voice for a speech.

What is your Voice?

Before learning about how to prepare your voice for a speech, it is important to know what your voice is. The sound that your voice makes comes from the vibration of your vocal cords.

These are two bands of smooth muscle that are positioned on either side of the larynx. When you start to talk, the vocal cords snap together as air blows past them.

Everyone has their unique voice and that is because the shape and size of their vocal cords are all different. This changes the pitch, volume, and tone of the voice.

How to prepare your voice for a speech

Hydrate

Staying hydrated is important because being dehydrated can affect all systems of the body. To avoid dehydration, you should aim to drink eight glasses of water each day.

Your throat needs to stay hydrated for your voice to work properly. You also can’t down a bottle of water right before your speech and expect to be fine.

Rest & Relax

It is important to not only rest your voice before a speech, but you need to rest your mind and other parts of your body as well. Resting your voice is also a great way to avoid vocal abuse. Relaxing is also avoiding stress. That is because stress can contribute to vocal fatigue and strain.

Eat Right

Eating right can be very beneficial when preparing for a speech. Some foods can soothe your throat and have great nutritional value. Some of these include:

  • Fruits: Eating fresh fruits is better than just drinking the juices from these fruits. This is because they are more nutritious and have less sugar.
  • Chicken: Chicken is a great choice because it is a lean protein. It also can provide you the energy you need to speak for longer periods.
  • Fish: Fish works in the same way for your voice as chicken does. One way to get more value out of fish is to bake or broil it instead of frying it in oil.
  • Honey: Honey mixed with water can help soothe your throat. It also can help prevent you from straining your voice. However, it is important to limit your honey intake because it is mostly sugar.

Warm-Up

Warming up your voice is one of, if not the most important thing you can do to prepare your voice for a speech. Think of warming up your voice the same way athletes warm-up before they practice or have a game. You want to start with smaller exercises and then gradually work your way up to larger ones. This can allow the vocal cords and other muscles you use to work at their fullest potential.

Vocal Spray

The last thing you can do to prepare your voice for a speech is to use a vocal spray. Vocal sprays are great because they can help your throat feel better and allow you to use your voice for longer periods. Here at Clear Voice, we have our vocal spray that comes in 4 great flavors.

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Singing Tips from Professionals

Do you love to sing, but want to improve and are not sure how? Here are a few singing tips from professionals. This advice from both coaches and singers will help kick your voice up a notch.

Relax Any Tension by Stretching

One way to help both your body and vocal cords feel relaxed when singing is by stretching beforehand. Yoga is a great way to help relax your body. Stretching before practice or performance will show you where your body is tense and what you need to relax. Your jaw should be able to open and close easily and not feel tight.

Sing with Your Mouth Wide Open

This is one of the most common singing mistakes. Too many people sing with their mouths too closed to get a great sound. The rule of thumb is to keep your mouth about two fingers’ width wide. By doing this you will be able to give your voice a better tone and sound. Try practicing this with audio and a mirror. Do not forget to try to relax your jaw and tongue as well. Avoid pulling your tongue to the back of the throat and just let it relax.

Be Careful with Your Breathing

One thing a lot of people do when they sing is “hold” their breath right before. You do not need to do this. You most likely do not hold our breath when you talk or read out loud. However, when a lot of people sing, they tend to hold their breath right before which causes tension in your voice.

According to professionals, you also do not need to take deep breaths while singing. Once again, you normally would not do this while talking, so why do it while singing?

Add Emotion

One tip that makes such a huge difference is being able to balance technique and emotion. Adding emotion will help captivate the audience while performing. However, the technique should not be thrown out the window. There is a popular quote that says, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Adding emotion helps the audience connect and remember your performance.

There are so many great tips out there for your voice. These singing tips from professionals were just a few. Check out our article, Worst Habits for Your Voice, for tips on things to avoid. Are you doing any of these damaging habits? Do not forget to also check out our Clear Voice Vocal Spray that is used by professional vocalists all over the world!

Sources

https://caricole.com/15-best-kept-secrets-grammy-winning-singers-2/

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/jaw-dropping-singing-tips-7125/

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Vocal Abuse And Vocal Misuse

Everyone uses their voices on a daily basis. That is why it is important to keep your vocal cords healthy. If you don’t by abusing or misusing your voice you could develop a vocal disorder. Continue reading to learn more about vocal abuse and vocal misuse.

What is Your Voice?

The sound that your voice makes comes from the vibrations of your vocal folds. These are bands of smooth muscle that are positioned on opposite sides of the larynx. When you are not using your voice, these bands are open to allow you to breathe.

As you begin to talk and use your voice, these vocal folds snap together while air blow past, causing them to vibrate. The shape and size of everyone’s vocal cords are different and that is why everyone has a unique voice.

What is Vocal Abuse?

Vocal abuse is when you are using your voice normally, but you are also using it excessively. This can include excessive talking, clearing of the throat, coughing, smoking or yelling. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 12% (17.9 Million) adults in the United States have reported problems with their voice. These problems can come from vocal abuse. Some examples of vocal abuse are:

  • Exessive Talking: Talking to often can lead to your vocal folds becoming stressed and worn out
  • Throat Clearing: This can cause excess wear and tear on your vocal cords
  • Smoking: Smoking can cause serious damage to your vocal cords along with your lungs which can further vocal issues
  • Exessive Yelling: Constantly yelling can cause damage to your vocal cords by not giving them a break

What is Vocal Misuse?

The difference between vocal abuse and vocal misuse is simple. Vocal misuse is any abnormal behavior that causes stress and injury to the vocal folds. Some examples of vocal misuse are speaking or singing too loud or at a pitch that is too low or too high.

What Can Happen?

There are many different things that can happen if you are constantly abusing, or misusing your vocal cords. Harvard Medical School gives the following disorders:

  • Vocal Cord Nodules: These are small, hard growths on each of the vocal cords. They are caused by vocal abuse and are common in singers and teachers.
  • Vocal Cord Polyps: These are small, soft growths that are commonly found on one of the vocal cords. They are common in smokers or people who are exposed to chemical fumes.
  • Laryngitis: Laryngitis is when the vocal cords swell up and are usually caused by infection or inflammation.

Preventing and Fixing Vocal Disorders

To prevent vocal disorders, there are a few things that you can do. To start, you can eat smaller meals to help avoid overfilling the stomach. Other things you can do is to avoid any foods that might give you heartburn such as alcohol, caffeine, fatty foods, and chocolate. Another thing you can do to help is to use a vocal spray. Vocal sprays such as Clear Voice Vocal Spray can help your vocal cords feel better.

One of the best things you can do to fix these disorders is to rest your voice. That way you give it time to resolve on its own. If you are still experiencing some of the signs of one of these disorders, you should talk to your doctor as they might need to be surgically removed.

Sources:

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/taking-care-your-voice
https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/vocal-cord-disorders-a-to-z

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Worst Habits for Your Voice

One of the main thing singers and vocalists worry about are their vocal folds (or vocal cords). Keeping your vocal cords healthy requires work and staying away from things that could damage or scar them. Here are some of the worst habits for your voice and how you can prevent them.

Straining your Voice

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This is one of the worst things you can do to your throat. Straining your voice is easier to do than you might think. Some things that may cause you to strain your voice are talking too loud or too quietly. Yes, even whispering can strain your vocal cords. Overusing your voice is terrible, so make sure to give it a break when your voice feels tired or hoarse. Make sure to also allow your voice to rest when you are sick. Sickness has been known to put stress on the voice.

Another thing you may not have considered is stress. Stress causes muscles in the neck to tighten and as a result, can strain your voice when you go to sing. Things that may cause stress are big events in life or even just day-to-day things. Your daily routine may not seem stressful, but over time it can wear out your body.

Dehydration

Drinking plenty of water is extremely important. It helps keep your vocal cords lubricated. Water that is room temperature is recommended as well. Another thing many people do to keep their voices healthy is a humidifier. The steam from a humidifier helps keep the vocal cords moist. Using one at night could also help prevent a dry throat when you wake up in the morning.

Too Much Alcohol or Caffeine

Limiting the amount of alcohol and caffeine should be taken seriously when it comes to the health of your voice. Too much alcohol and caffeine can cause the throat to become dry since it makes the body lose water and become dehydrated. Another thing alcohol does is irritate the mucous membranes in the throat.

Not Eating a Healthy Diet

Keeping your body healthy through a nutritious diet is another important thing you need for a healthy voice. Your body needs vitamins like vitamins A, E, and C to maintain its health. You can get these vital nutrients by eating proper amounts of fruits vegetables, and whole grains daily. You can also get these vitamins by taking a supplement.

Smoking

Finally, the worst habit for your voice is smoking. Smoking dries out the vocal cords and eventually the rest of your throat. Some singers are tempted to smoke for a raspy singing voice, but in the long run, it will be detrimental to your voice and your overall health. Once enough damage is done to your voice after smoking, it is unrepairable.

Avoiding these worst habits for your voice is so important. However, improving these bad habits will help keep your voice healthy and clear. Check out our Clear Voice Spray to help keep your voice moist and clear for any event.

Sources

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/taking-care-your-voice

https://www.britishvoiceassociation.org.uk/voicecare_stress-emotion-voice.htm

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How To Prepare For An Audition

Preparing for an audition can seem like a daunting task. However, you can make it a lot easier as long as you know what to do. Continue reading to learn our tips on how to prepare for an audition.

Get The Audition

As silly as it may sound before you start preparing for an audition, you should probably get one. If you need to pre-register to get the audition, then you need to go online and make sure that you are registered. Sometimes, auditions won’t have this and you can just show up at a certain time.

Preparing Your Music

Preparing your music is not only just practicing what songs to sing. It is also deciding what songs to sing. Choose songs that fit with what you are auditioning for. If it is for a rock band, it is probably best if you don’t sing an opera song. It would also be beneficial to choose a song that you are already familiar and that fits your voice and vocal range. Doing these can help make your audition go a little bit smoother.

How To Prepare For An Audition

The Day Before

The day before your audition should be a day for you to relax and clear your mind. Some ways to do this could be spending the day with friends or walking through a quiet park. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are relaxing and not using your vocal cords too much.

Before you go to bed you should also aim to get everything ready that you are going to need the next day. This includes setting out your clothes so you don’t have to worry about it the next day. Other things you should make sure you have are your keys to your car, and maybe even some Clear Voice Vocal Spray.

The Day Of

Now that the day of your audition is finally here there are some things that you need to do. Make sure that you get up early so you have time for everything. When you take a shower, turn the water up to a high temperature to take advantage of the steam. Be sure to also leave plenty of time to travel to the audition and get there early.

When deciding what to have for breakfast, there are somethings that you should consider. These being, “Is this food good for my voice?”, and “How is this going to affect my voice?”. Check out one of our previous articles on Foods for Your Voice: 4 Good and 4 Bad.

During The Audition

Now that it is time for your audition you should remember a few things. Try your best and sing your heart out. Even if you feel like you have not performed to your best ability it is important to stay and thank the judges for their time as it will leave a good impression.

Conclusion

At some point, everyone, including the best singers today, has wondered how to prepare for an audition. They all have overcome the fears that come with it and so can you.

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Best American Idol Auditions

There are a lot of American Idol audition videos out there, both good and bad. Some auditions, however, are better than others. Here are some of the best American Idol auditions ever performed on camera. Something is inspiring about watching these stars get their first real shot at achieving their dreams and goals in life.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is known as one of the most successful and most well-known contestants from American Idol. She not only won over the judges with her voice but with her fun and playful personality as well during her audition. It was an easy yes from all the judges.

Carrie Underwood

One singer not many know got her start on American Idol, is Carrie Underwood. She is a country singing legend. She walked onto her audition nervous and a little unsure of what to expect, but the judges immediately knew she would be going to Hollywood. Wait until the end for an unexpected talent of hers.

Jordan Sparks

She walked onto her audition happy and confident. At only 16-years-old she wowed the judges!

Adam Lambert

Already a performer, he decided to give American Idol a shot. He was one of the first to make it onto American Idol with a theatrical style and voice. The judges finally decided it was time to mix things up a bit with this one and sent him to Hollywood.

Kris Allen

Not everyone is a performer. While he may not have won them over with his personality, he certainly won them over with his voice.

Jennifer Hudson

She walked onto her audition confident and she had every right to be! The judges were impressed by her voice and sent her to Hollywood without question or any tips for improvement.

Philip Phillips

Yes, that is his real name. This country boy showed up and immediately wowed the judges with his unique and energetic voice. He is an act you cannot forget, so check it out!

Emily Wynne-Hughes

Skip to 0:45 for the audition. She is unique and her voice is strong. She sang one of the most difficult songs to sing and her audition was absolutely rock n’ roll.

Hopefully watching these best American Idol auditions was both entertaining and inspiring. Check out our Clear Voice Spray products that are used by singers and other professional vocalists around the world. Also check out our article, Who Would Benefit from Our Vocal Spray to find out if Clear Voice Vocal Spray could make a difference in your career or other performances.

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Vocal Tips for Online Streamers

Regardless of how long you have been streaming, or how many active viewers you have, it is still important to look after your voice. That is because you could be streaming for hours a day and actively using your voice the entire time. Continue reading to learn more about our vocal tips for online streamers.

Take Breaks

Taking a break here and there can be very beneficial for your vocal health. It is especially beneficial to those streamers who are streaming for up to 10 hours each day. Taking a break could mean many things to different streamers. It could be taking a day off to rest your vocal cords. It could also be taking an hour break to get some food or a glass of water. To some streamers, it could be minimizing how often they are using their voice during their stream. All of these ways can be very beneficial.

Watch what you eat

As previously mentioned, when you take a break you could get some food and something to drink. But what exactly should you be eating, and what foods should you stay away from? Don’t worry because we’ve got it all covered for you.

Beneficial Foods

  • Fresh Fruits
  • Chicken
  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey

Harmful Foods

  • Dairy Products
  • Fried Foods
  • Spicy Foods

These are just a few of the foods that you should aim to be eating and a few that you should avoid. Although it is up to you if you want these foods or not, as long as you remember to eat because not eating at all is actually worse than eating these other foods. Also, be sure to check out one of our previous articles that goes into detail about some of these foods.

Avoid Vocal Overuse

Sometimes it can be hard not to overuse your voice, especially when streaming. An example of vocal overuse is, streaming for long hours each day without any breaks. Another way that you could be overusing your voice, although it can be hard to overcome, is yelling mid-game due to various reasons.

Another way that online streamers could be overusing their voice is by repeatedly clearing their throats. Even though it does help your throat right then, over time, repeated coughing and clearing can actually cause damage to your vocal cords.

Vocal Spray

Another great one of our vocal tips for online streamers is to use a vocal spray. Vocal Sprays such as the ones we sell here at Clear Voice can help keep your voice in shape. We have four amazing flavors to choose from as well. These include Cherry Apple, Fresh Mint, Honey Lemon, and Strawberry Lemonade. One amazing benefit of a vocal spray is the fact that they are easy to use.

Conclusion

In Conclusion, there are many different vocal tips for online streamers. However it is up to you if you want to use these tips, but they can be very beneficial towards your vocal health. For more information about Clear Voice Spray, please visit our website here to learn more.

Jobs for People Who Love to Talk

Most of us spend a large portion of our days talking, but there are some who enjoy it more than others. Whether it be a passion entertaining or joy to communicate with others and passing on knowledge, there are many jobs out there for people who love to talk. Continue reading to find out if there is one out there that suits you.

Politician

Politicians use there voice every day. They use it to convey their viewpoints so that they get the people’s approval and hopefully bring change. Without using their voice it would be hard to get into office. In 2019 a United States senator makes $174,000 per year. One of the best parts is that there are only three qualifications aside from getting the votes. These are:

  • At least 30 years old
  • Have been a US citizen for 9 years
  • Have residency in the state you are running for

Entertainers

Entertainers such as online streamers, comedians, and podcasters use their voices actively every day. They are even sometimes using them on stream for 10 to 12 hours in one day and about 5 to 6 times a week. Besides having a decent computer to stream on there are no qualifications. Depending on how many subscribers you have you could be making anywhere between $3000 to $5000 a month, with the top streamers earning around $37,000 a month and that is not even including sponsorships and donations as well. Podcasters can earn around the same as online streamers due to their income relying on how many viewers they have. Stand-up comedians make roughly $30,000 per year.

High School Teacher

Teachers use their voice to teach their students all day long for five days a week. They also need to know the material on which they are speaking about, and need to have enough vocal stamina to make it through the day. On average teachers make around $59,170 every year. One amazing benefit is having the summers off as well. Some qualifications of being a teacher are:

  • Having a Bachelors degree
  • State certification
  • Possible additional training

Reporter

Whether they are reporting live on camera or publishing articles on a website, reporters need to be able to talk. They need this ability because they are conducting interviews to get the latest scoop. Some requirements of reporters are having a bachelor’s in journalism or communications, and an internship at a college newspaper or something similar. On average, a reporter makes about $40,910 per year.

Coach

Whether you are coaching football or a track coach, you will be using your voice. That is because at practice, or at the big game as a coach it is your job to motivate and teach the athletes who compete. Some coaching positions might require a bachelor’s degree along with knowledge of the sport you are coaching in. Most coaches make around $32,270 per year depending on what level you are coaching at.

Trial Attorney

Trial attorneys represent their clients in court, using evidence and facts to argue in their client’s favor. This requires them to be able to speak for long periods of time in the courtroom. They also have to speak with their clients beforehand to get information. Most starting attorneys make around $119,250 per year. There are a few qualifications to be an attorney. These include:

  • A bachelor’s degree and a law degree
  • Pass Bar exam in all states that you practice law in

We hope that you have found any of these jobs for people to love to talk interesting. Check out one of our previous posts to learn about Who Would Benefit From a Vocal Spray