Magic Choral Trick #78 The Days That You Should Not Sing

Magic Choral Trick #78 The Days That You Should Not Sing
The Days That You Should Not Sing

So sorry to have to tell you this, but there are some days when it really is not a good idea to sing.

At this time of year I meet singers who have succumbed to colds or flu bugs that have affected their vocal cords.

If you’re snorfling, bleary eyed, wiped out, blocked up, or even coughing occasionally – you can probably still sing. That’s if you really have to, and can stand up without passing out.

You will however be very unpopular with whoever you happen to be standing near. They’ll likely say consoling things like “You should have stayed home and taken care of yourself – I’m sure we could have covered for you.” What they’re really thinking is “Wow – Can’t believe she showed up to spread that around! I’m going to have to get the hand sanitizer and surgical mask out of my purse!”

I often found that I had wonderful vocal resonance when I was just getting a cold. Usually it’s possible to ‘sing above’ a cold if the vocal placement is good.

However, if you’re normally a soprano and you wake up one morning as a low baritone – as excited as you may be about your new sexy sound – you should not sing, or even talk much.

When the cold is right on the vocal cords it’s often difficult to make the sound start to speak. This should never ever be forced.

As Luigi Wood – a voice teacher I once had used to say “No performance is worth losing your voice for”

Stay home with hot lemon and ginger drinks and watch movies. The croaking voice needs to rest.


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on February 4, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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