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Vocal Health in Colorado 

Voice Lessons with Alex King, The Lesson Studio, Boulder

In today’s voice lessons, we’re going to talk about ways to maintain your voice in arid climates.

Anyone who has spent any time in Colorado knows that it is a particularly dry climate. The combination of altitude and intense sun can leave us feeling dry when we have to sing. Here are some ways you can avoid feeling froggy and how to protect your voice.

Drink Water

If you were to look at your vocal cords under a microscope, you would see there’s a mucus film around them. The body creates this naturally, but only when supplied with an appropriate amount of water. In order to be sufficiently hydrated, one must drink half of their body weight in fluid ounces of water a day.

In order to maintain a healthy layer of mucus around your vocal cords, you must be hydrated for at least 30 days. That’s a lot of water!

Bedside humidifier

In an attempt to combat the dry air of Colorado, a bedside humidifier can be incredibly helpful. Whether you breathe through your nose or your mouth at night, that’s eight hours of dry air going past your vocal cords.

With a humidifier, we can slow this drying substantially. You may not notice it right away, but after a week of using a humidifier you will find yourself feeling less froggy in the morning.

Avoid Caffeine and Sugar

Whether you enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, fuel your day by energy drinks, or just enjoy a can of soda (“pop” as we call it in the Midwest), the caffeine it contains will dry you out.

As if feeling dry was not bad enough, the high amounts of sugar will likely produce extra phlegm in your throat. On the day of performance, it’s best to stick with Old Faithful, water.

While it does require some extra effort to maintain sufficient hydration in Colorado. it is an endeavor that will also lead to many other health benefits on top of more vocal freedom.

Now go drink a glass of water!

For more helpful tips on maintaining physical health as a musician, check out this article from the Rock & Pop Music Academy

How do you keep your voice healthy in different climates?