Foods to avoid for singers

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One of the most frequent questions I am asked by singing students is “what foods should I avoid when singing?” This is a great question as we find that the vocal tract is vulnerable to certain foods and drinks. Firstly the big one- Dairy! Dairy coats the vocal folds with phlegm and gives it a clogged, sticky feeling. It is similar to a car trying to get traction in snowy conditions. The phlegm buildup means you need to generate more air pressure to get the vocal chords vibrating. Hence, more effort for less reward. The second culprit worth a mention is acidic foods and drinks. These may include fruit juices such as Grapefruit, orange and lemon. Many students come to their singing lesson with a bottle of orange juice or fruit drink. Unfortunately the chances of acid reflux increase with these drinks and it is one of the most damaging things to your precious vocal cords. Lastly, there is alcohol. Yes I know I’m going to be the party pooper here and suggest that alcohol isn’t going to help your vocal performance. From a physiological stand point it is going to dry out your vocal chords and allow less range and clarity to your tone. I know countless musicians who like to have a drink on stage when performing – whiskey seems a popular choice! The deficit of this drying out might be offset by the relaxation and confidence the alcohol brings so just know that to get the very best out of your voice in your Melbourne vocal lessons and in vocal performance it is best avoided.