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Protecting Your Voice

Christina Aguilera

Lesson time 11:28 min

Your voice is an instrument. Learn to protect it as Christina talks about the top three things to avoid, adjusting to different environments, and cures to heal a strained voice.

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So part of my process before any performance, while I'm in the vocal booth, there's a whole ritual thing that happens with my drinks. And even with interviews sometimes, I'll need my plethora, I call it, of drinks because I need my options. "Options" is a big word with me. So we have hot coffee, hot tea. I'm not a huge fan of Throat Coat. It's great for singers, I hear, not for me. I'm very tea taste picky. So we have my hot coffee, my hot tea, room temperature water, but really cold for after I'm done with a concert and straight off the stage. And during the performance, I'll go through just very quickly, just I need honey ready to go on a plate, already opened, ready-to-go Ricola throat drops. Sometimes I have my throat spray. It's always in the go-to vocal bag. So that's it. That's my weaponry of fuel to perform. So I have a system where I definitely have my side table, and I set it up on a stool. I don't care who sees it from the audience. This is my thing as a vocalist. And it's set off to the side where I literally will just use it during my performances while the audience is watching-- or in between songs, rather, not during the performances. But in between songs, as we're taking a moment and I go on to introduce maybe the next song and when the time feels right, I'll take a little swig of honey, just plain, raw honey. I have it set out on a plate with my throat drops just ready to go, unwrapped. No fiddling, fussing with the wrapper and the paper. Just boom, they're on a plate with the honey, maybe a little spoon on the side. But sometimes there's no time for that and I've just got to use my finger. And room temperature water. There's no time for sipping a hot beverage or a liquid and burning your tongue or whatever it is. You've got to go for the room temperature water. You don't want it too cold because that will tense up your throat. Although, at the end of a performance, give me the cold water. I just need something cold because you're hot. You're sweaty. You're done with the show. You don't have to necessarily have the room temperature anymore because the show's over and you can go ahead and breathe and relax and switch onto whatever other beverage you may want to decompress with. I myself am guilty of being excited for a show. You're in sound check. You're in your comfort zone of your own people behind you-- your band and your dancers-- and you're vibing. And sometimes just getting in that energy field of everybody coming together and doing material that you all love and know, it's a fun thing. There's no audience. There's no kind of pressure. And it's easy to sort of blow out your voice during a sound check because you might get so into it and you're fresh. It's the top of your day, whatever it is. But you've got to be really careful because if you overdo it in a sound check, yo...

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Tobias M.

It drives me mad living in Poland: so many people smoke. On the street you are often enveloped in clouds of it, and nobody thinks it’s anti-social. I have taken to wearing a mask. It’s not such a bad idea overall: the pollution is also terrible.

Rainy H.

Thanks for the great tips about the water temperature. I had no idea that honey was a good thing for singers to put in their throats. Thanks for the tip.

Barbara G.

I notice in Christina's talking voice quite a bit of vocal fry which I've always heard can be damaging. I know it is for me, anyway. Christina, is this intentional or do you feel it has any negative effect on your voice? Have you ever been told to speak in a higher register instead of so much in your chest? Just curious.


more talking ..... no teaching. I have just learned what to have on a table if im doing a gig as ... christina aguilera. singing at altitude??? who does she think is watching this!!!

A fellow student

I wish there are more interactive practice. It’s hard to absorb things for me if it’s only purely lecture or talking.

Chava G.

Voice as an instrument! Drinks, diet, exercise, rest, and preparation. Goto Vocal Bag, Prep for performance. I also learned a long time ago to wrap the head and throat at the end of the performance and decompress, cool down are good reminders for the arsenal.

Alma "Almageddon"

Great advice! I feel that I need to learn how to take better care of my voice and now I know a few ways, thank you so much!

A fellow student

Hey Christina what is that effect processor you use and can you talk a bit about it

Rods B.

Drinks and drops can only help the upper airway right behind the tongue. But not deeper... I've had so many conversations over the years with vocalists who don't understand their own anatomy. Drinks can help. But the do not do anything for your vocal cords. Your epiglottis blocks that from happening. If these drinks actually went down your trachea you would not breathe and it might cause pneumonia. However, if the chemicals in these drinks soak into your esophageal wall, like honey or lemon, they can get into the muscles and cause immediate relief. On silences... Andrea Bocelli will not speak the day of a performance. From the morning he wakes up he will not even do a vocal warmup. This forces relaxation both physically and mentally. Also by silence you become aware of how much emotion can be expressed through one sound and you listen better. This also preserves the voice.

Cody W.

had a lot of good information, I've sang in the mountains and trying to grab your air in elevation is for real one of the hardest parts haha.