The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #49023   Message #739109
Posted By: Gray D
28-Jun-02 - 07:04 PM
Thread Name: Avoiding a sore throat....
Subject: RE: Avoiding a sore throat....
Hmmm. A lot of the problem with "over-singing" and the resultant sore throat is down to tension. The more relaxed you are, the less damage you do. The effectiveness of what's been suggested so far is all down to how tolerant your body is to the various substances mentioned and how your particular throat works. Beer is a well known "enabler" for singers. Could be because a sufficiency of it will definitely relax your throat. Unfortunatly, as we know, it can have a similar effect on the brain, leading to performances that you think are okay, but nobody in the audience does. P'sonally I don't touch a drop before going onstage. I suspect that if you alternate beer and water you're going to have to run offstage fairly frequently to deal with the side effects. I know that you don't have much time to find out what's best for you, but I suggest that you use a drink that you already know is soothing to your throat. I use orange juice mixed with a little Indian tonic water (that's its UK name; don't know what its called elsewhere). I know that the combination horrifies some singers, but it works for me. Sorry to get a little detailed, but it keeps my throat nicely lined whilst cutting through any build up of phlegm (yes, I know, "Yeuw!", but its a physical process). Drink when you need to, but don't drink obsessively, otherwise we're back to running offstage to deal with side effects again, or trying to be all artistic and lyrical (fnar) whilst dying for a pee. Good luck in your search. Good luck with the gig.