Singing in the Cold(er) Weather
Luckily living in Southern California comes with mostly sunny and warm days but on these rare chilly days be sure to take extra care of your voice! Singing during the cold weather can be pretty drying, and singing on a dry throat is a bad idea. During these cold weather times be sure to drink lots of water to lubricate your vocal tract, and also take a little extra time warming up! Don’t forget the extras like hot tea with lemon and honey, and some singers even use vocal steamers to make sure they are getting enough moisture directly onto their chords.
Most of you remember the Beyoncé scandal at the recent Inauguration where she was accused of lip syncing the National Anthem. While lip syncing is never a good idea, her reasoning behind this was that the early morning air would be too cold, and therefore too potentially damaging for her golden voice. While non-vocalists might scoff at her remarks, those in the vocal community stand behind her statement and some even agree with her choice.
If you are ever in a situation similar to Beyoncé and have to sing at an outdoor event where the temperature may be too low for vocal comfort don’t lip sync! Just follow these tips of the trade to keep your voice warm and to avoid cracking-
1. Breathing in your nose instead of your mouth to allow the air to warm up to your body temperature
2. Make sure to wear a warm scarf and hat
3. Try to arrive early to allow your body and voice to acclimate to the chilly air.
If you have any personal tips that you depend on for singing in chilly weather please share them with us!