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What is "healthy" singing anyway?

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

Ask five voice teachers what it means to sing in a healthy manner and you'll likely get five different answers.

But one thing they will all agree on is that healthy singing doesn't hurt. It doesn't hurt while you're singing and it doesn't hurt the next day. If your singing causes you discomfort there are a few things you might want to check.

1. Are you trying too hard to be loud?

Loud is not the same as good! There is a fine line between strong singing and shouting on pitch. Back off of your volume a little bit and see if that feels more comfortable.

2. Are you remembering to breathe?

It sounds so simple right? You breathe all day every day so why would you need to "remember" to breathe? Sometimes we get so focused on correct notes and correct rhythms that we really do forget to use a full breath and instead try to depend on muscle to make the notes come out.

3. Are you singing with your own natural voice?

Trying to imitate another person's sound (especially if their sound is very different from yours) can cause vocal strain. Idina Menzel is amazing but if your sound is lighter and brighter than hers you shouldn't be trying to mimic her. Find your unique voice and embrace it!

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