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My Recs For Lozenges

vocal health tips Nov 07, 2018

Friendly service announcement from your local vocal health educator during this cold season in the northern hemisphere: Be careful with those menthol and eucalyptus lozenges! And especially the ones with benzocaine!

Even though it may feel better to be numbing your throat in the short term, in the long term you could do damage. In today’s vocal health video, I’ll share the cough drops I choose over the ones with numbing medication, and I’ll encourage you to follow...

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Use a Humidifier!

vocal health tips Oct 24, 2018

Should you use a humidifier for your voice?

I've got a really simple answer: YES!

The very best way to lubricate your vocal cords is through vapor. So in today’s vocal health video, learn why having a humidifier on, especially while you’re sleeping, is extremely beneficial for keeping your voice in tip top shape. 

Watch the Use A Humidifier video here: 

It’s that time of year! Go get thee a humidifier

xo, 

 

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Room Temp Water Is Better Than Ice Water

vocal health tips Oct 18, 2018

I don’t always have a completely resolute opinion about the best remedy for your voice, because what works for one person may not work as well for another. But when it comes to the question of what temperature your water should be, I do have a strong opinion: Don’t drink ice water!

If you didn’t know why, check out today’s vocal health video where I share why ice water is truly not ideal for your voice (or really any of the internal tissues of your...

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What To Put In Your Hot Water

vocal health tips Oct 11, 2018

Cold season is officially upon us here in the Northern hemisphere, and I want you to stay healthy! One of the best ways to do that is to drink lots of warm liquids, but people say so many different things about what kind of hot beverage to drink to soothe your voice… Use honey! Use lemon! Use ashwaganda! (That last one is an awesome ayurvedic remedy, fyi ). But look, the best thing for your voice is not actually that complicated: it’s plain ole’ hot water.

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Gargle Instead of Clearing Your Throat

vocal health tips Oct 04, 2018

Are you guilty of clearing your throat? Even if it’s not a frequent habit and you only do it when you’re sick, it’s just not the best. Why? Well clearing your throat is actually pretty darn violent for your vocal cords – you’re essentially smashing them together trying to get the gunk off – when the truth is that the gunk is going to just settle back down anyway.

What’s a better thing to do? Gargle with warm salt water! It not only...

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Animal Movements (Body)

how to warm up Sep 20, 2018

Guess what happened…

On Monday I was having a session with a private client, and I said “I know what would be great for your warm up. Try the animals exercise!!” So I hopped over to the How To Warm Up youtube playlist to grab the link, and it wasn’t there. Hmm.

After the session I started digging, and I realized O.M.G… Suzie and I got our wires crossed on dates and we never released the video!! I pinky swear we had no...

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Tongue Twisters (Language)

how to warm up Sep 13, 2018

Wow wow wow. This is the last How To Warm Up video of the series. We have to wind it down because I’ve taught you everything I know! (Joking/not joking )

But truly, the How To Warm Up series is now quite complete in terms of giving you a ton of great options for How To Warm Up. And what’s a fabulous way to end? With a batch of my favorite tongue twisters! Check out today’s tongue twister finale video, and be sure to download the handout too to...

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Alternate Nostril Breathing (Breath)

how to warm up Sep 06, 2018

Have you ever heard the word “pranayama” from yoga? It’s made up of two parts: prana, which means life force or breath, and yama, which means control. So a pranayama technique is essentially a way of managing the breath.

Today’s exercise is a bit of a departure from other exercises in the How To Warm Up video series because it doesn’t directly pertain to your voice. But I share it because I find that it’s my absolute go-to way to calm down when...

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Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 2: Continuous Sounds (Language)

how to warm up Aug 16, 2018

Comin’ atcha with Part 2 of the Exaggerate Your Sounds exercise! This week we’re making every possible lllllllooooooooonnnnnng sound that we can. That includes vowels plus categories of consonants that are called frictatives, nasals, and approximants/semi-vowels. (You’ll get what I mean once you watch the video!). The exercise will take you considerably longer than Part 1 when we were making things short and sharp, so be patient and take your time. I find that if you really...

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Exaggerate Your Sounds, Part 1: Sharp Sounds (Language)

how to warm up Aug 09, 2018

Here’s an exercise to help you with your reading! In Part One of two videos about exaggerating your sounds, you’ll learn how going overboard to do an exercise that makes your crisp explosive sounds even crisper can help with the clarity of delivering text or a speech.

This How To Warm Up video falls in the category of Language, so it’s all about ultimately helping your listener understand your message better. Try it and see if it helps you! And standby for Part 2 of the...

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