burning throat

Posted in Category Singing Basics
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    Sabina 3 years ago

     Hi, Sometimes after I have finished some vocal exorcises my throat feels tense, warm and like its burning. I don't know what to do or why it is happening. 

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    Camille van Niekerk 3 years ago

    Hi, Sabina! That's usually a sign of muscle tension and/or overuse. I encourage you to be aware of muscle tension/strain while you're singing, and consider limiting your practice time to shorter sessions. Another consideration is range: please drop out if/when any exercise becomes too high or low to be sung comfortably. See below for more tips on dealing with tension!


    Reducing tension:

    A good approach to reducing tension is to:

    First pinpoint what is tensing! Then, either

    (1) move those muscles to prevent them from tensing in the first place (i.e.: softening and mobilizing your jaw so it cannot clench, or slowly shaking your head “no” to prevent the neck muscles from “grabbing”) 


    (2) remove those muscles from the equation (ie: preventing tongue tension by singing with the tongue totally relaxed, out of your mouth and resting on your bottom lip). 


    The ultimate goal with all of the above is to let the correct muscles do their job without the "help" of those extrinsic muscles that are tensing.


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