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Warm ups are excellent to do before you go up on stage and sing your heart out. It is important to do them each time you sing as this is like exercising and stretching your muscles first before you do the work. The voice is the same and you need to treat it like a muscle.
Drink two litres of water before you sing and avoid alcohol as this dehydrates making your throat dry and you might think that it sounds good but the people listening can hear otherwise.

Re: Dont forget to warm up and no alcohol does not warm up your voice
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 07:03:39 PM »
Oh yes, alcohol is the worst. It may lower your inhibitions but dang, it can do a number on your voice. Been to enough bad karaoke nights, haha.

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Re: Dont forget to warm up and no alcohol does not warm up your voice
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 04:51:20 AM »
I don't even drink alcohol and my throat becomes really rough and dry what more if I drink alcohol, right? And I do agree, water can make it 10x easier and more comfortable to sing. Though personally I avoid drinking a lot of water before singing because I get gas when I drink loads of water (I guess from gulping?) thus making me burp in the middle of a performance which is something you don't want to happen. But water is really important and I think this is also important when you're on vocal rest.

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Re: Dont forget to warm up and no alcohol does not warm up your voice
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 10:08:44 AM »
Alcohol also makes it harder for you to perceive low end sounds so if your band is dependent on the singer hearing the bass, you might tell them not to drink too much (if at all.) If they do, you might start fighting over how much bass needs to be in the monitors and that's never fun.  I used to play in a band where the bass player would get drunk every show and always played like garbage. We were always confused about how he could play so poorly until he told us he never heard himself anyway (even though he constantly turned up every show so it was audible to most people.)

Warming up your voice is also good if you want to be able to use it the next day. I made the mistake of not really warming up when my band was doing a short tour and by the end of the third night I couldn't even talk. My throat hurt so bad and I don't know how I made it through the rest of the shows.

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Re: Dont forget to warm up and no alcohol does not warm up your voice
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2015, 03:38:53 PM »
Alcohol is definitely not the way to go for a good singer. Also warming up is so important and you do need to take it easy when you are on the road so that you can spread yourself out and last throughout the tour by warming up and ensuring your throat is covered after every performance.

Re: Dont forget to warm up and no alcohol does not warm up your voice
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2015, 07:37:17 AM »
Are you telling me a Hot Toddy is not going to warm up my voice AND drop inhibitions??? You are simply insane. I think that's the method Mariah Carey is using these days. It explains a lot.