Consistent hydration and warmups are a really great way to keep your voice from getting raw, but what if you need a short term solution?
A “raw” voice often feels like you just can’t seem to sing as high as you would like to. I find that it’s quite a “phlegmy” feeling, meaning it feels like there’s a lot of snot in your throat.
When your voice is raw and not-warmed up, you will find that the tone of your voice is not as nice, and you will have a lot of trouble singing as high as you would like to.
In addition, you’ll have an overall feeling of lack of vocal control. You won’t really be able to do what you want to do with your voice, it’s really frickin annoying.
I want to make sure that we don’t confuse this type of raw with a strained voice though. Sometimes you might strain your voice to the point where it physically hurts or stings. The only solution for you at that point is to drink lots of water/honey, and let your voice rest.
What I’m talking about is when your voice feels weak, kind of like when you wake up in the morning and you can’t make a very strong fist with your hands; the muscles just don’t seem to work the way they ought to.
You might even just be recovering from a bit of a cold! It doesn’t really matter why your throat is raw (unless you’re in the MIDDLE of a cold, in which case you should rest and stop singing), what matters is how you can fix it.
There’s your solution right there. Gargle some Listerine for 30 seconds, and you’ll find that your voice is a lot easier to control, and you’ll also find yourself straining it a whole lot less. I’m of course talking about the intense Listerine, not any of this new “less-intense” garbage. You’ll be wanting the stuff that makes you cry.
But there's a bit of a caveat here:
This is not a substitute for getting a vocal coach. You cannot substitute this for keeping your throat hydrated, and for doing constant warmups on your voice.
The best way to have a healthy voice is:
I would also recommend getting a vocal coach if you have the money, as that is going to be the best way to improve your performance.
But if you just need to get rid of that raw throat right now, try Listerine. You’ll be surprised at how well it works as a short term solution when you have an emergency and need an extra boost on your voice.
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