15 Things Singers Know All Too Well

Singers, this is your life.

15. For some reason, your voice always sounds extra amazing in the shower.


So work it! The shower is basically your own personal vocal booth. The small space and smooth hard walls give you a volume boost plus a healthy dose of reverb. What singer doesn’t love that?

14. That awkward moment when you are the only person singing along.

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What? I love this song!

Some people might not get it, but for singers, grooving along to that certain, special song can feel like heaven on earth. When the mood strikes you, sing it loud!

13. When your voice cracks in a performance and you hope nobody noticed.

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Yeah, it happens to all of us. Don’t worry, most people won’t notice or remember! Even though you’re cringing on the inside, stay cool and keep going. You’ve got this.

12. You never underestimate the power of a good hair flip.

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It’s called “hairography,” and you’re all over it.

Even if you have short hair, you can still add drama to a performance with a toss of your head or a gesture with your hand. Practice in the mirror and find your signature move to amp up your next performance.

11. You have that one note that you always struggle with.


Maybe it’s that pesky note that sits between your head voice and your chest voice. Maybe it’s that note on the edge of your range that you can just barely reach. Whatever it is, keep learning singing techniques and keep trying. With practice, you’ll figure out how to hit it just right.

10. No matter how badly you want pizza, you refuse to eat dairy before a performance.

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Every singer knows to avoid dairy like the plague before stepping on stage. Dairy products contain fats that can thicken the mucous lining in your throat, leading to some stuffy-feeling vocal cords. But after the show, that pizza better watch itself!

9. You will chug hot tea in any weather to keep your throat feeling smooth.

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It’s 100 degrees in the shade? I didn’t notice, because I sound fabulous.

Stick to herbal teas and avoid caffeine as much as you can. Caffeinated beverages can also dehydrate you and dry your vocal folds.

8. And when you do catch a cold, it feels like the end of the world.



Singing with a sore throat is a pretty big no-no. However, using throat numbing medications and then singing is even worse and can seriously damage your voice. If you’re not feeling well, give your voice some much-needed rest until you recover.

7. But when you get your voice back…

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This is the best day of your life! You are dancing around the house singing into your hairbrush. You can’t wait for your next performance! And speaking of performing…

6. Did you say karaoke?

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Let’s go now!

Karaoke is a great place for you to get experience using singing techniques with a microphone and practice performing with your friends. You can even practice at home by looking up the karaoke tracks to your favorite songs on YouTube.

5. You know random bits and pieces of other languages.


And you know how to pronounce them perfectly. From singing a French song with your choir to tackling German or Norwegian songs with your voice teacher, learning music is bound to open you up to other cultures. Singing in a foreign language is a great way to focus on your technique and learn how to deliver a more expressive performance.

4. You mind your vowels.


Diphthongs and long and short vowels can be a stumbling block when you’re starting out. But once you get more experience with singing,  you’ll know how to pronounce  your vowels to create the best vocal tone. Bonus points for singing uniform vowels in a group setting!

3. You study your sheet music whenever you can.

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And especially right before bed. Studies have shown that studying before you go to sleep improves your memory. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep while you’re at it. Your body is your instrument, and sleep definitely helps keep you in tune.

2. When you’re delivering a great performance,  you feel like this:



There is nothing better than standing in the spotlight and knowing that you’re doing your best! After all your years of vocal training and practice, it’s your time to shine. Enjoy your time on stage and always remember to have fun.

1. Singing is emotional for you.


Singing is one of the best ways to express yourself and let all your emotions out. Singing can make you feel better when you’re down in the dumps, or it can help you share your joy when you’re feeling great. One of the best reasons to sing is because it just feels good!

What do you think, singers? As you’re learning singing techniques in your voice lessons, these habits have a way of popping up in daily life. Tell us in the comments if there’s anything we missed!


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  1. Ted Perlman
    Ted Perlman says:

    You need Peggi Blu, American Idol’s “VOCAL COACH FROM HELL” to be a part of your teaching staff!


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