A question for all you singers out there

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  1. stratovani

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    What do you use to lubricate your throat before singing? Plain water? Water with something else in it? Beer? :confused:
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    Lemon wedges work well. Or Lemon wedges and hot water and or tea.

    Slippery Elm tea is supposed to be the best thing ever,
  3. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant Supporting Member

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    Thin liquids. Coffee, tea, water, diet soft drinks, etc. are thin liquids. MOST beers are thin liquids.

    Milk, and expecially buttermilk, is NOT a thin liquid! Milk does not work well for me. Sugary drinks do not work well for me. Nor do very thick beers. Fortunately there are lots of delicious not-thick beers.
  4. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    Your fave tea with honey
  5. Mechanical

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    Um. No, to acidic solutions like lemon juice. No lemon juice, orange juice, etc.

    And nothing with alcohol in it. It dries the throat.

    You should be well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water and clear fluids 2 hours before going on stage.

    For an actual help

    Try

    EVOO.

    And gargle, don't drink.
  6. the ombudsman

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    The answer should be lukewarm water, but actually is BEER.

    But no thick stuff, like that other guy said.

    At no cost drink milk before a gig!
  7. Slough Feg Bass

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    i just do warm water with lemon.
  8. lowfreq33

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    Licorice root is very good.
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    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

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    French Fries
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    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Whisky.

    Serious answer... absolutely nothing with caffeine in it. Usually room temperature water gargled.
  12. stratovani

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    I'm looking for something that will flush the mucus off my vocal cords and allow me to sing the high harmony parts I normally sing, without having to clear my throat or anything like that. Anyone try green tea?
  13. fraublugher

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    Shmaltz with a gravy side and whole pickle gargle.
  14. StraightSix

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    Room temperature water is the best, cheap lubricant.

    The more you sing and sip it, the more the mucus will clear.

    I have heard some singers recommend green tea but I haven't tried it.
  15. Raf Seibert

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    A (one! Singular) glass of red wine tends to clear my throat nicely.

    Raf
  16. StraightSix

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    I don't disagree that a small amount of the go juice is good to relax the soul and any vocal tensions. Be aware though that alcohol will dehydrate you (as stated above) so go easy with it and still drink plenty of room temperature water.
  17. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    Green tea with ginger. The ginger will cut through the crap in your throat.

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