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COUNTDOWN TO WORLD VOICE DAY


30 Vocal Tips in 30 Days

No. 10 CHEESE WILL NOT KILL YOU

A non-singer reading the title of Tip #10 would wonder. A singer would totally get it.

Singer are frequently given food & drink rules by voice teachers and fellow singers. For instance:

  • Do not eat dairy; it makes you phlegmy

  • Drink tea with honey; it helps your voice

  • Avoid caffeine in general, coffee in particular

  • Suck lemons; it breaks up the phlegm

  • Don’t eat two (or three or four) hours before you sing

There’s nothing wrong with any of these dietary guidelines. Anything that has helped another singer, especially if that singer has the same issue you do, is worth trying. But don’t get attached to any one proclamation as an absolute truth. Everyone is different, and everyone will respond differently to various things at different times in their lives. What works for someone else might be horrible for you, and vice versa.

TAKEAWAY: You’re the only one who can determine whether what (and when) you eat is helping or impeding your singing.


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