Tis’ the Season (for colds and flus…and lessons!)
Occasional flu and cold symptoms are inevitable for most of us, especially during the colder months. Added to the normal responsibilities of school and work, feeling under the weather can leave us with little energy leftover to practice music. By all means, take a few days off of practice when you're sick. But what should you do when you feel well enough to get back into the swing of things? Here's a few tips, whether you're a piano guru, a guitar shredder, or a vocal star!
- Wash your hands before lessons! This is always a good idea, whether you're sick or not. Preventative care is an awesome way to help avoid spreading germs!
- Aim to practice as regularly as possible - the more consistently you take time to rock out on your instrument, the easier it is to keep progressing and make learning fun!
- Get plenty of rest - the more rested and relaxed you are coming to lesson, the easier it is to focus and think happy thoughts!
- Don't over-sing. Yes, it's tempting to belt out your favorite song another 4 times, but doing so can inhibit recovery from colds. When your vocal chords are swollen, keep vocal use in check. It's worth it!
- Don't sing too loudly, too quietly or too high. Again, be as kind to your voice as possible. Keep the singing range from venturing too high, and avoid volume extremes on either end. Whispering is actually pretty tough on vocal chords, believe it or not.
- Drink lots of liquids. Water, hot herbal tea are especially great. Even when I'm healthy, I drink at least 10 cups of water a day. Staying hydrated is really important to the voice! Stay healthy in the new year, and keep rocking!