So you've decided to start singing lessons, congrats! Below is a list of the products you'll need in your singing kit to practice singing, keep a healthy voice and more!
1) A straw
A straw? Really? Yes! Straws are a very helpful tool for singers to warm up and down as they encourage healthy sound production. Blowing through a straw creates resistance for the vocal folds teaching them to close efficiently and straw work can also help bring your range together by smoothing out your 'flip' or 'passagio'. The most ideal straw has no kinks in it and is of medium length.
Any straw will do, however, for the sake of the environment here are my favourite bamboo and metal straws:
Amazon : These come in fun colours and with a cleaner!
Flora and Fauna: Bamboo straws that are the perfect length for voice work!
2) A steamer
Steam is one of the best remedies for the voice, helping open and clear the sinuses and calm an aggravated throat. A steamer can be used after a particularly intense voice lesson, when there is excess mucous or during performance season. Here are some of my recommended steamers:
Bosisto's inhaler: very affordable and comes with eucalyptus drops to help open the sinuses even more!
Vick's Vaposteam: Leak resistant and dish washer safe!
Mypurmist: Temperature controlled and includes HEPA filtration
3) Vocal tea
Not only does it taste great but vocal tea can be used like a steamer to aid vocal health, usually the ingredients will promote soothing of the throat e.g. Honey, camomile.
Soma Voice Tea: contains all organic ingredients.
Vocal Zone: Caffeine free!
4) Singer's notebook
So much can be covered in a singing lesson! To make sure you remember what to practice, how to complete your exercises correctly and all the other handy tips your teacher gave you, investing in your singer's notebook is a great idea!
Any blank ruled notebook will do the trick!
The Rachel Jane Vocal Syllabus books contain note taking space, explanation of exercises and vocal theory, worksheets, flash cards and more!
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