Exercises when you have a cold?

 

I just managed to catch a bit of you on Cerys 6 music show. I wondered if you’d mind me asking a question? I just sing for pleasure and not performing. I had a lot of colds last year which I’ve found have weakened my voice – I struggle to hit the right notes and I can be a bit crackly. Do you think my voice will come back through the right exercises? Is there any advice you can give – such as special care to protect my voice?

 

A heavy cold (and lots of coughing) can disturb your vocal folds, and sometimes it can take weeks to get back to full vocal health. Use some gentle buzzing exercises (Exercise 02 in the This Is A Voice book). You can also use the straws and bubbles exercise which has the double effect of soothing and gently strengthening your voice (Exercise 12 in This Is A Voice).

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