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What's the best thing for your throat before singing?

Asked by rentluva5256 (555 points ) October 23rd, 2010

I know most people say water, and I usually stick to that. But I was just wondering if there’s any other specific drinks out there to help my voice.

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tragiclikebowie's avatar

Potato chips and tequila. I am being completely serious. I forget why but something about the salt in the chips is good for the voice. And I don’t know why specifically tequila as opposed to other alcohol, but something about it helps more than say, a beer.

Joker94's avatar

I’m no professional, but I was always told to stay away from dairy products and sugary drinks.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

raw egg?!?!?!?!

ladyv900's avatar

Most likely vocal exercises like with your throat,lips,etc.I’m not sure if it works for everybody but I think this guy is a good professional.Try it out and check on his singing/vocal exercises on Youtube(since you mentioned your throat,I’ll give you this video as a start)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnmlpVe3B40

Or if you want to see step by step to be really familiar with it,with Singing Lessons Part 1-Vocal Warm Up video along with his on by clicking “Daily Vocal Warm-Ups Exercises with Eric” on his Playlist http://www.youtube.com/user/EricArceneaux#p/p

. By the way, his name is Eric and he’s a singer,a vocalist,a vocal coach,and has helped some other singers like Jennifer Hudson,Lis Lewis,and etc. I hope this helps. :-)Remeber it takes time to improve your vocals and singing along with practice.

P.S. Have you ever tried seeking singing coaches?They may help you too if you’re considering.

Kraigmo's avatar

I sometimes do radio, and slippery elm tea always keeps my throat and mouth slippery feeling so I have a clear voice.

Tamara's avatar

Tap water gurgling has worked for me in the shower, so I’m assuming that purified filtered water will do the trick before singing on stage.

Vortico's avatar

Practice. Most singers I’ve seen eat and drink the oddest things before going into the recording booth. I doubt it helps any, but it might convince them to have more confidence.

Foolaholic's avatar

I’ve been singing acapella for 7 years now, and more than anything I prefer a nice hot cup of tea before I sing. It a great cleanser, and I prefer it hot because I think it helps to open my ariway a bit. Everybody I ask says chamomile is the best for the voice, but I don’t know of any actualy evidence to back it up.

Another member of my acapella group swears by caffeine before a performance. And there is some science to that: when caffine is metabolized by the liver, 4% of the metabolites produced are Theophylline, which relaxes bronchial muscles, making it easier to breathe.

tearsxsolitude's avatar

Hot green tea with honey!

stratman37's avatar

LOVE this: http://clearvoicethroatspray.com/

but, on a budget/in a pinch, hot tea with honey and lemon

bu no kidding, buy some Clear Voice – it’s so soothing and really prepares you to sing.

stratman37's avatar

@ZEPHYRA , yeah, and wash it down with buttermilk right?

breedmitch's avatar

Um…warming up?

downtide's avatar

Tea with honey, and a bit of practise.

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