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Terrydh

Help with an ageing voice

I have been a singer/songwriter for more than 40 years, I am a male and in my 60's. I have had quite a bit of vocal instruction over the years and hope by now I have the basics under control (warmup etc). What I find now is my voice is very "loose" and pleasant and controllable in the morning but starts to get "tight" in the evening (of course that's when I perform!). I don't know if it's something I'm eating, drinking or whatever that's doing it. I have asked a couple of singing coaches but to no avail. It would be great if I could just book gigs in the morning! Is there anyone out there who has had this experience and what can I do about it???

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Dang! Never thought of that one. Wonder if I can sell it to my her.

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I have been a singer/songwriter for more than 40 years, I am a male and in my 60's. I have had quite a bit of vocal instruction over the years and hope by now I have the basics under control (warmup etc). What I find now is my voice is very "loose" and pleasant and controllable in the morning but starts to get "tight" in the evening (of course that's when I perform!). I don't know if it's something I'm eating, drinking or whatever that's doing it. I have asked a couple of singing coaches but to no avail. It would be great if I could just book gigs in the morning! Is there anyone out there who has had this experience and what can I do about it???

How much do you talk during the day? That can really wear out/fatigue your voice - Much better if you alter your speaking voice during the day to a higher pitch, less throaty. Also make sure you drink a lot of water during the day and reduce caffeine as the vocal folds tend to dry out so anything you can do to maximize hydration - alcohol also hurts in this regard and unfortunately, we're more susceptible to this as we get older - good luck - Ron

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caffeine!!!

You could be on to something there. Three to four cups of black tea in the morning. I know that onions dry my vocal folds out, and I'm sure other foods do too. I just haven't identified which ones yet. I'll try eliminating caffeine and see what happens.

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I have been a singer/songwriter for more than 40 years, I am a male and in my 60's. I have had quite a bit of vocal instruction over the years and hope by now I have the basics under control (warmup etc). What I find now is my voice is very "loose" and pleasant and controllable in the morning but starts to get "tight" in the evening (of course that's when I perform!). I don't know if it's something I'm eating, drinking or whatever that's doing it. I have asked a couple of singing coaches but to no avail. It would be great if I could just book gigs in the morning! Is there anyone out there who has had this experience and what can I do about it???

Hi Terrydh,

Somebody else from my neck of the woods. B)

Except that I haven't gigged in almost 30 years.

More power to you for keeping it going.

I don't have any first hand info on your question but if you google "foods that help vocal chords" you'll see quite a bit of info on the subject.

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Caffeine, Pot smoke, alcohol, smoking are bad for the vocal chords,..also whispering is bad as well.

A humidifier is good for them, many people have a small vicks vaporub type personal humidifier pre show to hydrate the chords.

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Hey, props to you for keeping going. It's nice to see someone who's trying to solve the problems that happen when you get older instead of just stopping. Thanks for that :)

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