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Contemporary Music Artist

Noble House are experts in performance psychology. Having completed a PhD in Vocal Performance Psychology we are able to offer an extensive toolkit both for Contemporary Music Artists and those who work with them.

You can read the thesis here.

For Artists

 

If you are losing your voice here are some Noble House tips to try.

Disclaimer

We are not medical. Please rule out something organic A.S.A.P.i.e. Cold, flu, infection etc. Do not hesitate to go to an Ear Nose and Throat Clinic or Doctor. Make sure they understand vocalists.

Tip 1. Don't ignore it.

It can be pretty difficult to get up on stage when you know your voice doesn't feel right. You may get away with ignoring it for a little while but, ultimately you may probably making the problem worse. Always get your voice checked out, you only get one voice. A good check is hum your song. If you can hum your song, hum it until you can, sometimes it takes a while to warm up especially after a late night. If it gets worse rather than better. That said if you could never hum the song in the first place this may not help you decide. Use your instinct, you really do know when you should and shouldn't be working.

Tip 2. Breathe!

Imagine you are blowing up a balloon in your belly a few inches below your belly button. There is great and sophisticated support out there now. Loosing your voice need not be the end of your career.

Tip 3. Steam.

Inhale steam into your throat, you can buy a steamer here, improvise a similar devise, sit in a hot steamy shower (careful not to souk the hot water, it will leave a nasty blister!) Leave 20 mins to an hour after steaming to let things settle.

Tip 4. Drink plenty of water.

Tip 5. Wait.

Tip 6. Hum song.

If you can hum it, for me personally, I would know I was probably doing more harm than good. We have all pushed through nights, but, if you think of like an ankle sprain, would you then run a marathon and expect not to totally exacerbate the situation?

Tip 7. 'Voice Rest'

You may benefit from resting your voice before and in-between gigs, however without a wee warm up you will be coming out of the starting blocks from no use to a high level of use. Second point here is if you are resting your voice, you will need to find other ways to communicate. Being isolated and in silence in-between gigs may feel impactful on your mood. So keep talking somehow.

Tip 8. How's Your Speaking Voice?

Sometimes it's not our singing that is the problem it's our speaking voice. Are you yelling, hoarse etc when you speak? Practice hum, count to 5, hum count to 5 and see if that helps.

Tip 9. Deal with your anxiety level.

Stress and psychological factors can not just make things worse, but for some are that cause of their vocal problems. Try tip 2. Contact us at Noble House or download our for psychological tool kit help to keep you on track

Tip 10. Protect yourself.

Stay away from anyone who makes you feel worse about the situation. Get a sympathetic, informed vocal health team in place. If you do not have one, drop us an email. This is best set up before you start, so you have a strategy in advance. Always make sure your GP, ENT clinician, supportive other going with you to appointments, understand vocalists, are not shaming, judgy or derogative, have your personal health interests at heart rather than purely to keep your music business going.

Tip 11. Do a cool down at the end of the night.

May sound unrealistic. But coming off stage and not doing the equivalent of a marathon runners stretch out may leave you a little stiff in the morning. will leave you. Hum again, take some time to breathe in your belly (tip 2).

If you are still seeking advice and this did not help you, drop us an email and we will try and point you in the right direction.

To keep your voice in good vocal health makes sense.

You can download our vocal health sheet here.

Go here to buy steam inhalers in our shop.

Coming soon Downloadable Psychological toolkit for artists.

Coming soon our tour survival kit for artists.

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I'm losing my voice

IF YOU ARE LOSING YOUR VOICE HERE ARE SOME NOBLE HOUSE TIPS TO TRY.

Disclaimer

We are not medical practitioners. Please rule out something organic A.S.A.P e.g. cold, flu, infection. Do not hesitate to go to an Ear Nose and Throat clinic or doctor and make sure they understand vocalists.

Tip 1. Don’t ignore it.

It can be pretty difficult to get up on stage when you know your voice doesn’t feel right. You may get away with ignoring it for a little while but ultimately you could make the problem worse. Always get your voice checked out, you only get one! A good way of checking is to hum your song as far as you can. Sometimes it takes a while to warm up, especially after a late night. However, if it gets worse rather than better, stop – there could be a problem. That said if you couldn’t hum the song in the first place, this may not help you decide if there is an issue. Use your instinct, you really do know when you should and shouldn’t be working.

Tip 2. Breathe!

Imagine you are blowing up a balloon in your belly, a few inches below your belly button – the ‘balloon’ should expand as you inhale and deflate as you exhale. There is great and sophisticated support out there now, so losing your voice need not be the end of your career.

Tip 3. Steam.

Inhale steam into your throat. You can buy a steamer here or improvise a similar device to take into a hot steamy shower (careful not to ‘sook’ up the hot water, it will leave a nasty blister!) Leave 20 mins to an hour after steaming to let things settle.

Tip 4. Drink plenty of water.

Tip 5. Wait.

Tip 6. Hum song.

Try this again after doing all of the above. If I couldn’t hum but continued to sing, I would know I was probably doing more harm than good. We have all pushed through performances, but, if you think of a vocal problem like an ankle sprain, would you run a marathon with one and expect not to totally exacerbate the situation?

Tip 7. ‘Voice Rest’

You may benefit from resting your voice before and in between gigs, however without a wee warm up you will be coming out of the starting blocks from no use to a high level of use. The second point here is that if you are resting your voice, you will need to find other ways to communicate. Being isolated and in silence between gigs may feel impactful on your mood. So keep talking somehow.

Tip 8. How’s Your Speaking Voice?

Sometimes it’s not our singing that is the problem, it’s our speaking voice. Are you yelling, hoarse etc. when you speak? Practice repeating humming then counting to 5 and see if that helps.

Tip 9. Deal with your anxiety level.

Stress and psychological factors can not just make things worse, but for some are the cause of their vocal problems. Try tip 2. Contact us at Noble House or download our psychological tool kit help to keep you on track.

Tip 10. Protect yourself.

Stay away from anyone who makes you feel worse about the situation. Get a sympathetic, informed vocal health team in place. If you do not have one, drop us an email. This is best set up before you start, so you have a strategy in advance. Always make sure your GP, ENT clinician and/or supportive other going with you to appointments understand vocalists, are not shaming, judgy or derogatory and have your personal health interests at heart rather than looking purely to keep your music business going.

Tip 11. Do a cool down at the end of the night.

It may sound unrealistic, but coming off stage and not doing the equivalent of a marathon runner’s stretch out may leave you a little stiff in the morning.  Hum again and take some time to breathe in your belly.

If you are still seeking advice and this did not help you, drop us an email and we will try and point you in the right direction.

To keep your voice in good vocal health makes sense.

You can download our vocal health sheet here.

Go here to buy steam inhalers in our shop.

Coming soon: downloadable Psychological Toolkit for artists.

Coming soon: our Tour Survival kit for artists.

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