Singing during pre-menstruation: What does the research say?

What influence does the menstrual cycle have on female singers and their voices? Deborah Winter examines the medical research. There has been much debate over the years regarding the female menstrual cycle and its impact on voice quality. Many experts in this field, including leading otolaryngologist Robert Sataloff, believe the “hormonal environment” has a significant […]

Practice pays off

Quantum physics and brain neuroplasticity have become hot topics in recent years. The idea that you can change your brain and change your life through mental rehearsal and meditation is a powerful one. Let’s see how that can work for you as a singer. Brain neuroplasticity refers to physical changes in the neural pathways and […]

My brain surgery Aria

Slovenian opera singer Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne shot to fame this year when a video of his brain tumour operation, during which he performs Schubert’s Gute Nacht, went viral. We caught up with him recently to get the behind the scenes story, and find out what he’s learned about health, well-being and YouTube fame. iSing: So tell […]

Allergies and the voice

Most people associate allergies with the classic symptoms seen on commercials: itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. For singers, allergies, even when not accompanied by these dramatic symptoms, can have very sinister effects on the voice. The postnasal drip that is caused by allergies can actually cause laryngitis. When mild, this may only cause […]

Attack of the polyps

When a young pop star needs surgery on their vocal cords it can be a singer’s worst nightmare. Performances have to be cancelled and tours prematurely ended. Adele and Sam Smith have both taken time off from the music scene due to haemorrhaged polyps, and Jess Glynne, currently enjoying whirlwind success after five consecutive number […]

Managing your vocal workload

Vocal Workload through Non-Singing Activities Few words bring more dread to the performer than “vocal rest”. When I see a hemorrhage, laryngitis, or other problem and recommend voice rest, it is inevitably followed by questions of, “What counts as voice use”? Whether the singer is simply unsure about the answer or trying to negotiate upcoming […]

Travelling and your voice

Travelling and Your Voice The touring artist is very familiar with how traveling can wreak havoc on the voice. However, there are ways to reduce the strain of travelling and increase the odds of surviving tour. Dehydration Whether you are packed into a tour bus or flying across continents, travelling results in dehydration. On a […]