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Throat feeling itchy and started coughing after warm up.

XHellChrisXHellChris Posts: 91Pro
edited June 2017 in The Singer's Lobby
I was doing fine with doing the warm ups everyday until today. I was doing the 2nd lip drill exercise of volume 1 halfway until my throat started feeling itchy and started coughing all of a sudden, why is it so? Is it a sign that I should take a break and rest for the day?
I only went through the audio workout once today and only stretched my chest voice. I haven't went through it the second time to practice my passagio. Is there any way to compensate it if I'm resting for the day? Like maybe only go through the audio workout tomorrow to balance things out?

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  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 13,174Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    You don't want to overdo it tomorrow for the loss of today.

    I have had bad allergic reactions to pollen the past few days. I don't know what it's like where you live, but where I am there is record-breaking pollen levels, making everybody itch and sneeze, with coughs and runny noses. It comes and goes, depending on the weather and whether you're indoors, outdoors, in air-conditioning, etc...

    So your vocal disturbance could be from something besides your singing. If it is your singing, it most likely comes from using too much air or too much volume. But you may not be having problems from your workouts at all. Only normal problems that affect the voice and your respiratory system.
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 986Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    edited June 2017
    I had this too... I would add to Bob's post with "Hydrate the heck out of yourself while you're practicing"... doubly so when you're performing.
    Also, if you have a feeling it might be allergy-related, try using something like Reactine or something like that.
  • ericgamlielericgamliel Posts: 62.0 PRO
    I have been experiencing the same problem. Two weeks ago, I was doing chest voice warm-ups. I was doing that "bright ping" sound, trying to grow my chest voice/ passagio zone. And I started coughing.

    It's been going on for two weeks now. I took a day off yesterday, to see if it will go away. But this morning I went to warm up. After a few mins. the coughing comes back.
  • Gaston_JaureguiGaston_Jauregui Posts: 338Moderator, Enrolled, 2.0 PRO
    you @ericgamliel and @XHellChris are probably getting sick or with allergies, make sure you drink a lot of water
  • XHellChrisXHellChris Posts: 91Pro
    @ericgamliel Yup. You're probably about to fall sick. Just drink more water and take care of your voice , eat the right food too!
  • ericgamlielericgamliel Posts: 62.0 PRO
    edited July 8
    @highmtn @Furious_Phil @XHellChris @Gaston_Jauregui
    I've been hydrating the hell out of myself. And I totally agree this is a good idea in general.

    On the other side, I haven't gotten sick. I'm not sure how to tell if it's allergy related. But my experience so far is this:

    As much as I hate taking breaks, I tried taking ONE day off, here and there. And staying light on the sound when I practice. I noticed some improvements. My voice just sounds way better after a rest day. But with a few hours of practice, a little cough starts creeping in. So I back down with the sound. I gargle some water, drink some tea. Rest for a few hours, or just call it a day.

    I hear (and believe) that the coughing only causes further damage. I'm trying just to avoid further coughing. I'm wondering now that one day might not be enough. Maybe I should rest until the little tickle in my throat is completely gone. Any thoughts on taking TWO consecutive days off? Maybe three?

    Is there an ideal rest period? Or a rule of thumb?

    Update: I took the day off yesterday 7/7 and I'm soooo tempted to launch into vocal warm-up routines and spend the day singing. My larynx is just bit sore, throat just a bit ticklish. But sticking to this idea that vocal rest is important and giving it another day (today) to rest. Will fill you guys in on the results tomorrow. Stay thirsty, my friends!

  • Gaston_JaureguiGaston_Jauregui Posts: 338Moderator, Enrolled, 2.0 PRO
    @ericgamliel hi by now you shouldnt be coughing anymore unless you are sick, could you post the link (soundlcoud) of the first Lah scale here? I think you might not be supporting well
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