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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Singing and Chewing Gum

Just a quick tip for you today: One recommendation from the folks at Superior Vocal Health, who make several great products for singers:

Xylitol can help make the voice feel less dry! Found in such chewing gums as Trident, it might make an interesting addition to your vocal kit.

However, I don't recommend singing AND chewing gum at the same time. It's hard to sing when you're choking from inhaling that wad! Just try chewing before performance (that's gum, not tobacco) and let me know what it does for you. Funny thing, I've been keeping gum with me for years out of curtousy to my session singing friends, and have been reaping some good side effects.

Have a great weekend, all!

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  • At January 1, 2012 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous Dylan Cragle said...

    Orbit's gum has that also, and I have noticed that when I chew it before singing I seem to sing smoother and my mouth does seem to not get as dry. Thanks for confirming this, I thought maybe it was physiological. lol
    ~Dylan Cragle

  • At January 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Hi Dylan... no, indeed I think it's quite physical. Thx for letting us know the Orbit's gum works, too!

  • At July 9, 2015 at 7:07 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Is this a tried and for real?

  • At July 9, 2015 at 7:28 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Whether it's all in the head or not, some have found it helpful.

  • At June 22, 2018 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    I'm a mezzo-soprano, and eating Mentos gum (the peppermint kind, so far) makes me capable on singing low tones that singers like Beyonce can do.

  • At February 26, 2019 at 9:25 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    The mint aspect would make sense for singing lower since it has a relaxing effect. The question would, do your low notes come at the expense of the highs?

  • At February 26, 2019 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    Oh my goodness, no... well executed low notes should only ADD to the ease and execution of high notes! This seems to be a well kept secret:) It does have to do with tension release, and also with what I like to call 'pulling' a little stronger at both ends of the range.


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