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How to sing without saliva collecting in your mouth?
It is impossible not to collect saliva in your mouth. When singing or even just moving your tongue, your mouth produces saliva. However, when you sing you choose to breathe air instead of swallowing saliva, although we swallow it without knowing, it is difficult to swallow and sing at the same time. To swallow your saliva, make sure that you try to swallow in between singing. It takes a lot of practice to do this, but once you know how, it will be easier.
Is it good to take natural cough syrup to sing?
Yes, it will help you in terms of getting the mucus out of your throat but abusing this will result in a serious case of sleepiness as well as becoming addicted to this cough syrup.
It is much better to take natural cough syrup compared to those cough syrups that are chemically prepared or not natural based. The main reason behind it are chemically based cough syrups mostly contains alcohol which is a good solvent ingredient in cough syrups but alcohol can greatly affect the vocal cords because it has a vasodilator effect which dilates the vocal cords and it also dries the vocal cord making singing more difficult. Most natural based cough syrups are alcohol-free and mostly contains the natural herb extracts which efficiently absorbs by the body. In regards to your query, if you are coughing and you want to sing, natural based cough syrups are the best choice compared to cough syrups that are not natural based.
How much can a singer sing before they reach their limit?
Singing is very much like sports. It depends on your muscle endurance. As the functions of the vocal cords are dependent on muscles, the tolerance of singers in terms of singing depends on how much they have actually trained their vocal cords. This is also the reason why singers have to practice a lot, no matter how good they already are in singing. Practicing helps condition their vocal muscles in order to have a higher limit when it comes to its level of vocal activity.
However, there are practical limits for each singer that must be considered. If a singer uses more than 80% of their peak volume for an extended time period (2-hour concert for example) they are likely to start losing their voice. The trick for a long term vocal health of a performer is to be able to look like you are singing all out and inspire and move your audience emotionally, without actually singing all out. Turning the gain on the mic up is key.
Repeatedly singing above 80% of maximum vocal volume will eventually lead to vocal polyps caused by scar tissue on the vocal cords.
What happens if you eat sweet stuff then sing?
Most sweet stuff will probably have no serious or immediate side effects. I would recommend staying away from any kind of hard candy that will dissolve/melt in your mouth. These types of candy can coat your throat and cause you to not reach the notes you want. Some candy, like sour things, can actually irritate your throat after long exposure. The best thing you can do after eating any kind of candy is to make sure to drink plenty of water, things like pineapple juice would be very useful as well. Pineapple juice helps to clear the throat of excess mucus and saliva.
If I have a runny nose, sinus infection, should I sing?
My question is "If I have a runny nose, or sinus infection, should I sing?" By saying "should I sing" I mean, does it affect my vocal cords?
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