I just did a sweet gig last night with my friends Lynn Bryant and Sherry Smith. When I sing out, I notice sooooooo much difference in my ability if I am well hydrated or not. Here's how to get more water in your tissues for optimal operation of your voice:
1. duh, drink a lot of clean water before, during and after performance! I like to use glass or stainless steel bottles when possible because plastic can leech into the water. However, if you forget your bottle, drink from plastic- it's better than no water!
2. Steam your throat. A shower, a hot bath, a pot of water with a towel over your head... expose your throat and sinuses to steam and breaaaaaathhhheeee it in! I really have to do this after plane or car rides because the air is so drying in those environments.
3. Drink watery drinks, but limit black or even green tea because of the drying effects. I particularly like to heavily dilute pineapple juice with water, as well as drinking "fire water" which is water, lemon juice and ceyenne pepper.
4. Drink hydrating formulas such as H2O Overdrive. It came to our rescue again last night... I'm really liking the results of this product. I don't sell it, but highly recommend keeping some on hand for performing on stage or in studio.
Anyone else have success with something to hydrate your voice for performance?