Being in the middle of summer vacation for many people, I have been thinking about the benefits of vocal rest. Where as it is important to train your singing voice regularly, a little break can have many benefits.
I find that when I take a week off of singing I come back really fresh and my voice feels extremely healthy. If you take off too long, you can start to lose the strength in your support muscles which will take time to build back up.
Another way to do this and to stop singing for longer is to stop your singing, but continue your body and breathing work: swimming, breathing exercises, yoga... All the types of activities that are broadening and strengthening your intercostal muscles, diaphragm, and legs.
My first volume of Voice Lessons To Go has a whole section of breathing exercises (without singing).
Then you can break away even longer from singing without losing the stamina and endurance that you have worked to build up. You may even come back to it in a stronger place, since the strengthening of the support system for your singing has been developing without the obstacles of the tongue and jaw interfering. (Too technical I know)
The reason the voice will sound fresh is that, in general when we sing, we are more than likely not doing something perfectly. That intern damages or fatigues the voice a bit. This could be a result of countless things such as: tension in the jaw, tongue or throat due to improper vowel production, poor breathing habits, or stress on the vocal chords.
Everyone has their own set of bad habits. Many of us function beautifully with our bad habits as long as we keep them from taking our voice over. But as a result the chords may become just a bit inflamed. Or we may lose our way trying to properly support with incorrect muscles.
Taking a few weeks off of singing gives your body some down time to heal and can really benefit your voice long term.
Ariella Vaccarino (creator of Voice Lessons To Go)
Posted on 07/15/2015 at 09:25 AM