Sick Singers: 10 Top Tips for Speedy Recovery... Naturally

Sick Singers: 10 Top Tips for Speedy Recovery... Naturally

"It's that time of year again..."

Autumn is my favourite season, hands down. It always has been. Maybe it's because I'm an autumn baby, but I look forward to the leaves crisping and curling and delicately dancing in the wind like feathers. I swaddle myself in knitted gloves and scarves to the point of over-heating and watch the world slowly, subtly shift its hues to reds and golds. I am hit by dazzling, early morning sunshine as the cold tingles and bites my cheeks, and I feel an energising kick. I'm a sucker for the old-fashioned romance of fireworks and bonfire smoke, and the seasonal permission to begin mulling wine and cider, filling my kitchen with the heady scent of cloves and cinnamon, can never come too soon in my opinion. Ubiquitous mounds of vibrant, happy pumpkins appear as if from nowhere, colouring the streets a jubilant, joyous orange. Did I mention that I love autumn?

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10 Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Voice

10 Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Voice

As singers, it is crucial that we take good care of our voice and our body all the time, not just on the days when we need to perform. We are not the same as a guitarist who can replace a string if they play too hard, or a drummer who can buy new sticks. Our instruments are made of delicate tissue, and any damage we cause can be lasting. So, here are my top tips for taking care of your voice.

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Power Posing

I can't get enough of TED talks, but this one in particular caught my attention. Amy Cuddy shares her research and shows us how we can use various body postures to affect our brain chemistry and our confidence levels in just a couple of minutes. I think this could be my new pre-gig ritual! What do you think? Could this help you deal better with performance anxiety and stage fright?