DESTROY YOUR VOICE in 5 easy steps! | Singing habits to AVOID | #DrDan 🎤

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– You’ve heard it said
that your body is a temple. Well, in the case of the singer, that old saying translates into
your instrument is a temple. If you don’t look after your voice, it simply won’t perform at it’s optimum. So, let’s review the top five things a singer should never
find themselves doing. – [Woman] Sound check.
Check one. Check two. (crowd cheers) (light rock music) – Hey, welcome to Voice Essentials, where we develop your voice
and improve your sound. My name is Dr. Dan, and I’m a contemporary
singing voice specialist. And over the past 20 years, I’ve helped thousands of
singers, just like you, to be the very best vocalists they can be. When you’re looking to develop your voice, you want to make sure you’re
doing everything in your power to ensure your hard work is paying off. But there are a range of
things that can really hinder your development if you
don’t pay attention to them. So, let’s review my top five do not’s for contemporary vocalists. (light rock music) If you’re looking to improve your voice, then the first thing you need
to do is to treat your body the same way a professional
athlete treats theirs. You are a vocal athlete. This means that everything you do will have an impact on your voice. Now, we all want to live a little. Just like me, you have a life. But as a singer, that life
needs to be governed differently to the general public. For example, everything you eat and drink will have a bearing on the
performance of your voice. Everything you do, whether it be smoking, recreational drugs, or
generally partying hard, will leave an impression on
the health of your voice. If you want your voice
to perform at its best on a consistent basis for
the rest of your life, then take a good look at your lifestyle, including personal indulgences, diet, and general physical fitness. (light rock music) Every professional athlete has a coach, someone to observe, instruct, and correct. Singers are no different. We need someone who can watch, listen, and provide feedback for
the refinement of our voice. This being said, it’s really
important that you choose the right singing teacher for you. For example, if you’re a rock vocalist fronting a five-piece band, then instruction from a
classical singing teacher just won’t cut it. In fact, the classical singing teacher may inadvertently place the
contemporary vocalist’s voice at risk of damage. Why? Well, singers require
task-specific instruction. If you want to sing rock vocals, you need contemporary voice
training, not classical. Of course, quality
contemporary singing teachers can be hard to find, especially when you live outside the metropolitan areas. If you’re looking for
contemporary instruction, but you can’t get to a singing teacher, you might like to work your
way through my instructional exercise CD, Dr. Dan’s Voice Essentials. It’s jam-packed with 18 exercises
that will train your voice in a contemporary, task-specific way. (light rock music) Number three on Dr. Dan’s
top five do not list is singing when you’re sick. Singing when you’re unwell
is like playing field sports with a sprained ankle. Sure, you might get away
with it for a game or two, but the next morning,
you’re likely to wake up and not be able to walk due
to the intense swelling. Singing while you’re sick
is simply not work the risk to your vocal health. Now, please heed this warning. You can do significant
damage to your voice during one set of songs, especially if the health of the
voice is already compromised due to general illness. Of course, there’s always
times when the show must go on. If you’re being paid for a gig, then chances are you’ll decide to sing, regardless of your vocal health. At these times, make
sure you nurse the voice through the set, being sure
to not push the limits. If you’re not being paid for the gig, then I urge you to err
on the side of caution. Singing for one gig is
simply not worth the risk of requiring six months
of vocal rehabilitation, which can include intensive voice therapy and invasive surgery. (light rock music) If you do find yourself
with a vocal problem, the last thing you should
do is go into denial. If you ignore the issue, you simply run the high risk
of making the problem worse. Raspiness, inconsistent tone, an inability to maintain pitch,
and reduced vocal stamina are all signs that your
voice has been compromised. Now, this doesn’t necessarily
mean that your voice has sustained damage of
a pathological nature. Sure, you might have a
nodule, a vocal fold cyst, or a contact granuloma, but it could equally be a functional issue requiring simple instruction
on how to operate your voice more efficiently. Don’t leave it to chance. Seek professional care immediately
if you suspect your voice is suffering in any way. A good place to start is to
have a consultation session with a singing voice specialist who can assess the health of your voice and recommend an appropriate
course of action. (light rock music) The final do not on my top five list is don’t look after your ears. We spend a lot of time as singers worrying about the health of our larynx. And we should pay equal attention
to the health of our ears. Let’s face it, if you can’t hear well, your singing is going to
become a darn sight harder. Perhaps one of the best ways
you can look after your ears is to invest in a decent
pair of in-ear monitors. IEMs, as they are often referred to, pipe the fallback directly
into your earpiece instead of a floor monitor. Typically, this means that the vocalist can manage sound levels
themselves, which in turn means that their ears are being protected from high levels of ambient sound. One important thing to always
remember when using IEMs, is to ensure you always,
and I stress always, use both buds. It can be tempting to pull one side out, but this can damage your inner ear, leaving you with severe
vertigo and tinnitus. If you’re not in a
financial position to afford an IEM system, then an
inexpensive alternative is to buy a cheap set of ear protectors. You can pick these up
at most music stores. (light rock music) Before I bring this video to a close, allow me to give you a bonus don’t do, partly because you stuck
around for the entire video, but mostly because I’m a nice guy. The bonus don’t do is simply,
don’t clear your throat. Many of us habitually clear our
throats umpteen times a day. Now, every time you clear
your throat (clears throat), you bring your vocal folds together in a heavy, abrasive way. So when you get into that poor habit of slamming your vocal folds
together every few minutes, the vocal folds respond by swelling in order to cushion and protect themselves from the repetitive impact. You already know that swollen vocal folds is not a good thing and adds
to general wear and tear of the voice. So, if you want to look after your voice, stop all that throat clearing, and replace it with
simple swallows instead. So, there you have it. Five
don’t dos, as well as one bonus. Many of the things that we have
discussed are common sense, but these days, common
sense ain’t all that common. If you want your voice to last a lifetime, then you’ll need to employ a little bit of personal discipline and treat your instrument like a temple. When you do, your voice will
reward you with better sound and a more enjoyable singing experience. Here at Voice Essentials, I
want to develop your voice and improve your sound. Every month, I upload new
videos that will provide you with tips, tricks, and instructions on how to get the very
best out of your voice. I also conduct specialist sessions with professional leaders,
including other singing teachers, professional vocalists,
singer/songwriters, and music producers. So, if you want to engage
with the latest information available to contemporary vocalists, then hit the subscribe button,
and let’s do this thing. And, before you go, hit the like button and leave a comment as well. I’d love to interact with
you here at Voice Essentials. But, for now, until I see you in the next Voice Essentials video, I’m Dr. Dan. Sing well. (crowd cheering)

100 thoughts on “DESTROY YOUR VOICE in 5 easy steps! | Singing habits to AVOID | #DrDan 🎤

  1. Not sure if I completely agree with the classical singing advice, but that’s only because of my own experiences.

  2. I’m actually a really good singer but I never sing because I don’t know if there’s something wrong with my vocal cords but my voice always hurts whenever I sing. Even after one song it will feel like I lost my voice

  3. Classical technique is the basis of good contemporary singing. It's the foundation from which you can build upon. GET CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE BOYS AND GIRLS– you'll sing for decades and your voice will thank you.

  4. is hacking up phlem while brushing teeth same as clearing throat? cuz i sing better if i shower n brush teeth rite b4 practice. clears a bunch of phlem n helps me sound better.

  5. I have a cold rn and I sang so bad!! I went from the best singer in school to a pig! I had a school talent show and everyone though I would win like a have three years in a row! I went on stage and said "Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying the show. Unfortunately I have a cold and I don't think it would be a good idea to force my voice out. Besides, I sound horrible >.<" But then the bully girls out me under pressure and came on stage and said " HAHA good joke! Shes just kidding guys did she get u?? Anyways let's hear your wonderful voice laughs " I sang under pressure but the thing was … Half was through the song i lost my voice! My singing teacher suggested me not to sing for 3 weeks after my voice came back! Ugh :/

  6. I stopped clearing my throat in April of 2017. In less than a month, my range increased by 2 steps. This stuff really works.

  7. So I can still eat chocolate and stuff like that for like a week or so but not every day because I was told during a performance not to eat chocolate or sugar because sugar can make people hyper when singing then the crash and chocolate can cause a mucas type feeling in the vocal cords like when you’re sick I’m not sure if it true that’s why I’m asking

  8. I've been in a rock and roll band for 20 years plus. In my early years being a weekend warrior my body could recover quickly. These days I find it quite the opposite. I wonder if I have permanent damage from drinking and smoking around the time of performance. Due to the fact my voice is naturally raspy to some degree on certain parts it hasn't been a major concern until now. I have average singing days to good singing days but never great like younger years. Lung compasity,along with what I think is acid reflux and minor sleep apnea all contribute. I'd love to fix this !

  9. Hi I just came across your video… I live in Africa… So I just recovered from a cold and apparently during this period I was practicing and I was able to extend my range to an A5… Well obviously really happy that I could sing any song I wanted I was really singing and all and about two days ago I tried singing and boom… Nothing, couldn't sing my highs only my lows… I don't know what to do and there's no specialists around here I can go to… Do I just wait and stop singing for awhile… Like rest.. Please help me I need my voice back… I'm nothing without it… 😥😥 Thanks… What do I do… I also noticed I switched into falsetto at around and E5… I'm a guy…. And apparently I have never been able to hit those high notes on a good normal day… I want both my voice and top notes back.

  10. Oh! A lot of veteran musicians I know do that one in ear thing and one without because they say it keeps them connected to the crowd. I also figured since in recording it works to use only one ear for the monitor and one ear free, that in ears work the same. But this is very interesting info.

  11. Hey maybe someone can help me with this problem I have: My range goes from G2/G#2 to E4, so it matches a standard baritone range. But I refuse to believe I'm a 16 years old baritone, and the color of my voice is not similar to some well known baritone singers like Jim Morrison, Ian Curtis or Frank Sinatra. So what am I?

  12. Daily cannabis smoker i always clesr my throat this way. I had a girlfriend tell me to make humming noises instead. I will follow both tips swallow and hum

  13. Whiskey and smoking helps me get closer to the sound I want.
    You know, those real life auto-tune people with a thingy on their neck.

  14. Thought I was helping myself by removing one earbud so to hear the Ambient sound like drums which are not fed into my earpiece. However, having strong vertigo makes me rethink this practice. Also get tinnitus now and then.

  15. I used to have a really high voice.
    I was 1st place in a competition singing Evanescence's Bring Me to Life in a female key back in 2012 and I hit every single note.
    My aunt persuaded me to join singing competitions, but I was too shy.
    I regret that. I miss my voice.

  16. What will happen to your voice if you do the throath clearing sound alot, like 50 times or even more per day? i do that since a couple years now. i'm afraid that i will damage my voice permanently.

  17. When he said don’t sing when you’re sick I was like mmmhhmmm SOHYANG IM LOOKING AT YOU busy pushing the limit!!

  18. Even taking one hit of weed messes my technique up the next day. It pisses me off. I wanna fucking smoke weed. But I don’t wanna voice crack at my junior recital. WHY MUST I CHOOSE

  19. One more, Don’t forget to warm up! Get those vocal juices flowing before you go out and blow away the masses! Oh and Dr. Dan, you sir are a talented teacher and I thank you for so many awesome tips!

  20. What type of singing should I look into when it comes to rapping? I believe that smoking/pushing my vocals has caused some damage. I would like to pursue help to bring it back to the way it was but there aren't really any "Rap" Vocal instructors out there.

  21. I had a really good voice until 3 weeks ago I had a cold and I lost my voice and I had a fight and shouted for hours and that didn't stop there I had a straight week of shouting with a lost voice.. 3 weeks later I now can't sing like before and this makes me so sad and yes I tried everything tea honey and even stopped singing for a little while. It didn't really help💔

  22. Bonjour vous m'avez l'air d'expliquer bien les choses mais je ne comprends pas je suis français , c'est dommage de ne pas mettre la traduction en français merci

  23. Hi Dr. Dan.
    I've been with almost 5 days of a sore throat. I had symptoms of a dry up larynx. I haven't lost my voice completely but I've noticed that I can't reach low tones with vibrato. I have been using honey in chamomile tea. I am a bit scared of damaging my voice. What do you think? I need your opinion.

  24. 1. Sing like grace vander wall
    2. Sing like grace vandewalle
    3. Sing like grace vandewalle
    4. Sing like grace vandewalle
    5. Dairy

  25. GRAMMAR ALERT-' Don't look after your ears'? You mean, of course, DO look after your ears, so, in a list of 'Donts', you should have written " Don't IGNORE your ears.'

  26. What Dr. Dan said about singing when your sick is true, but he took it to the extreme. A lot of the time you do the best singing when your sick, just don't over do it. Your not going to kill your voice if you sing when your sick. Keep it nice and easy.

  27. Can I get cancer from singing too much ? Like what if I do vocal training out loud and it affects my voice ? I’ve been doin vocal exercises for a month, I think I might swoll my throat and get cancer

  28. If you really want to develop your voice check out my comprehensive singing course –

  29. Really appreciate your videos Dr Dan, I couldn’t agree more with the treating yourself like a vocal athlete message. I run 6 miles a day to keep my breathing apparatus in good shape and it definitely makes a positive difference to my singing performance! Thanks for the tips!

  30. Question: although you have covered mucus problem and we naturally cough. Does it still damage our throat when we clear out the mucus just by coughing?

  31. As a singer myself if I have a raspy voice is not to seek professional health but just drink a bit more water and maybe miss one session

  32. Hi Dr Dan. Thank you for these useful tips. Now i will be looking at more of your vids. New subscriber here!! 2 mobths ago my voice started to crack and everything in my voice was ruined for 2 months. I was really dissapointed in me. But now i found ur tips. Thanks for making my day dr dan!!!!!

  33. I stopped smoking cigarettes but started vaping worse mistake of my life I could sing better when I was smoking cigarettes vaping is very bad for your singing voice better for your health but not for your voice if that makes sense .. vaping really dries your throat and also text away from your lung powerthey have finally done some research cigarettes vs vape and while vaping was better for your health it was still bad for your lungs 100% of people that were vaping could not blow the same strength as they could before they startedlike they were blowing into one of those machines that tests how strong your lungs are and 100% of people had worst lungs and I can tell you from personal experience I feel like I'm losing my singing voice it's hard to push it outI used to have no problem singing really high octave stuff now I feel like I'm going to die if I try to sing the way I used to

  34. Hi Dr Dan, loving your advice. I live rural and getting to a vocal specialist to assess me is an impossibility. Would you suggest an Ears Nose Throat Specialist instead??

  35. Singers please heed dr. Dan's advice. My vertigo has become more severe over the past two years only using one 'In Ear' piece during our worship set. I was told to switch them out periodically to the other ear, I don't think this is helping. Best to take the doctor's advice me thanks!

  36. Do Not "Don't clear your throat" actually means Clearing your throat is a good thing.
    But the video clearly says clearing the throat is a bad idea. THE TITLE needs to change.
    Remove the "Dont" and just say "Clear your throat". It's the double negative problem.

    Thanks for laying them out tho. It's great to know what not to do. Thanks Dr Dan.

  37. So vaping a fat cloud everyday, everywhere you go every 10 seconds is bad if I want to have a proper singing voice?

  38. I was so sure that he was gonna say don't sing without properly warming up.
    Turns out to be…

    I was wrong😅😂

  39. Hello sir… Mosquito bites me so much… Everyday mosquito bites me… So will my voice get spoil or change? ? 😢😨 plz reply

  40. I HAVE AN ISSUE!!!⚠️ I have had a throat problem for almost a year and I don’t know what to do. I have to clear my throat constantly! It feels like there is something dry in my throat and it’s rare for me to get a perfectly clear sound from my voice. I’ve been to ENTs and other doctors, but no luck. Any tips?

  41. 3:15 I know this video was in 2014 but I found the need to tell my experience on this. At first, I didn't care about this part, I got a really bad sore throat and I had a performance in a week. So I tried to protect it and after a little while, it felt better so I thought there won't be a problem. I practiced before the performance time and everything was going great! Except when I went stage I couldn't even talk! And it felt terrible cause everybody performed their song and I was on the stage, I couldn't make just a little sound.
    Be careful with your voice guys, especially when you're sick.

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