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  • What do you do that is detrimental to your voice, but you still do it?

    So? C'mon people, let's be honest here. I'm sure we all do SOMETHING that we know makes our voices potentially suck, but we can't help but do it still?

    For me, it's

    1. Smoking

    2. Drinking dairy-based things immediately before singing (I know. STUPID! But I get hungry at the same time I tend to get free space at home to sing, and always crave dairy cause it's filling but low fat)

    All things must pass...

  • #2
    Smoking for me mainly....and alcohol of course
    I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story. That's kind of silly. "Hey, did you hear that story about that lady who drove her car into the lake with her kids and they all drowned?" "Yeah, I did, and you know what - that inspires me to write a movie about a gorilla!"

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    • #3
      Do you recall, my dear friend, several months (if a year) ago, we both declared we had quit smoking? What the hell happened!? lol
      All things must pass...

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      • #4
        I know right?...I have no willpower. Lol
        I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story. That's kind of silly. "Hey, did you hear that story about that lady who drove her car into the lake with her kids and they all drowned?" "Yeah, I did, and you know what - that inspires me to write a movie about a gorilla!"

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        • #5
          Me neither. Sucks, don't it? lol
          All things must pass...

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          • #6
            Smoking for me mainly....and alcohol of course


            Wait, what? Alcohol is bad for your voice?
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            • #7
              Well, I've stopped drinking and I mostly smoked when it was illegal for me to do so, so now the worst thing I do is drink dairy immediately before and during my vocal "practice".. I just love milk, man.. I'm so hard core.. lol

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              • #8
                I stopped drinking years ago, and it helped.

                I'm still guilty of an iced mocha habit... caffeine and milk being a double no-no.

                However, I notice no detrimental effects from the mochas, and even drink them during 5hr gigs, so I must be resistant/immune to vocal dairy/coffee issues.


                One thing... I CANNOT eat popcorn within about 24 hours of a gig. If I sing after eating popcorn, it introduces coughing fits. Talking is fine, but singing? Popcorn REALLY jacks me up.
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                • #9
                  I stopped drinking years ago, and it helped.

                  I'm still guilty of an iced mocha habit... caffeine and milk being a double no-no.

                  However, I notice no detrimental effects from the mochas, and even drink them during 5hr gigs, so I must be resistant/immune to vocal dairy/coffee issues.


                  One thing... I CANNOT eat popcorn within about 24 hours of a gig. If I sing after eating popcorn, it introduces coughing fits. Talking is fine, but singing? Popcorn REALLY jacks me up.


                  Popcorn, huh? That's rather peculiar, if I must say. Another thing to avoid, I guess. lol I think I've trained my voice to sing decently even after consuming things that'd be detrimental to my vocal health..

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                  • #10
                    Popcorn, huh? That's rather peculiar, if I must say. Another thing to avoid, I guess. lol I think I've trained my voice to sing decently even after consuming things that'd be detrimental to my vocal health..


                    Yeah, I can eat salty chips, basically just about anything, but no popcorn. Strange thing is, I can drink water afterward all I want, and I still have the coughing problem.
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                    • #11
                      At parties, I find dancing boring as fck unless I can sing my heart out. And, my technique being what it is, I tend to get hoarse in about two songs.

                      Still do it everytime, because of reasons.

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                      • #12
                        At parties, I find dancing boring as fck unless I can sing my heart out. And, my technique being what it is, I tend to get hoarse in about two songs.

                        Still do it everytime, because of reasons.




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                        I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story. That's kind of silly. "Hey, did you hear that story about that lady who drove her car into the lake with her kids and they all drowned?" "Yeah, I did, and you know what - that inspires me to write a movie about a gorilla!"

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                        • #13
                          I didn't know that coffee was bad.
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                          • #14
                            Not practicing as much as I should..

                            Should make a point to practice at least an hour a day. But would end up doing things like practicing 20 mins or practicing 3 hours straight then skip a day or two.

                            Oh yeah, eating late is another one...
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                            • #15
                              I didn't know that coffee was bad.


                              Caffeine is a diuretic, so it has a dehydrating effect, including the voice.
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