How Charlie Puth, Rita Ora and Andy Bell Deal with Vocal Abuse

Charley Puth: “Not use it. That’s the quickest way. And don’t whisper — a common misconception is that if you whisper, it’s better for your voice, but that’s way worse. That’s just as bad as screaming — that’s the same sensation.”

Rita Ora: “Oh my gosh. You can’t speak to anyone. You become antisocial. I lock myself in a room and don’t talk. Apart from steaming the s— out of myself, that’s it.”

Andy Bell: “Plenty of rest, you must rest. Don’t talk too much … Well, a little bit. And lots and lots of steam — as much steam as you can.”

From the article I read about this topic, 14 Singers on the Fastest Way to Recover from Losing Your Voice, the most common response was not using the voice.

The one thing these singers have in common, however, is that they are being paid to sing. Chances are pretty good that you and I are not! When not performing, these singers have the luxury of being quiet. You and I do not. Our professional and even our personal lives depend on our ability to speak.

What should you do if you are plagued with a chronic sore throat or even
loss of voice?

Learn to power your voice from your chest cavity thereby taking the pressure off your voice box and throat.

Why don’t the singers do the same? With popular singers, it really depends on the type of sound they are trying to achieve. Many of them use their throat and vocal cords as their primary amplifiers which is very stressful to those delicate areas.

For speaking, however, changing the way you place your sound will not only eliminate vocal abuse but it will also result in a deeper, richer, more mature-sounding voice. After I had worked with John, he attended a Pittsburgh Steelers game and later told me that he did not lose his voice during the game. He was able to be heard amidst the din of the stadium and still had a lot of energy after it was over. This was quite a change for him. Previously he had been shouting.

Once your chest is powering your sound, you then have the ability to increase your volume without screaming or shouting. This is known as projection. In the years raising my two boys, I never yelled at them; I projected.

Until you make this change, your vocal abuse will continue. Drugs will not solve the problem although limiting the amount you speak will certainly help. My question to you, though, is how long can you afford to stop talking?

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