50 Ways to Abuse Your Voice

Sataloff, Hawkshaw, Moore, and Rutt
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50 Ways to Abuse Your Voice

A Singer's Guide to a Short Career

Robert T. Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A, F.A.C.S.,
Mary J. Hawkshaw, R.N., B.S.N., CORLN,
Jaime Eaglin Moore
, M.D.
Amy L. Rutt, D.O.

Starting out? Starting over? Never went away? Whether you are a professional, serious amateur, social, or student singer, this is a book you must read, digest and keep with you at all times.

Inside are 50 great ways in which you can ruin your singing voice—along with concise, practical and authoritative advice on how to avoid or resolve them!

From the very real hazards of allergic reactions or respiratory problems caused by stage fog or even scenery paints, to choosing the right singing teacher or even the right career. Whether making an informed decision over a physician and what you tell them, to listening to the “good advice” of others regarding herbal remedies, it is all here: straightforward, accessible information, highlighting common errors of omission and commission, giving you the very best guidance on critical issues that affect the quality and duration of your singing career.



1.    Don’t warm up before you use your voice
2.    Don’t exercise
3.    Don’t study singing
4.    Don’t recognize technical problems in your singing voice
5.    Speak as you would never dare to sing
6.    Wear yourself out
7.    Sing the wrong music
8.    Sing in noise
9.    Speak in noise
10.  Conduct
11.  Teach voice
12.  Smoke
13.  Drink alcohol
14.  Take “recreational” drugs
15.  Eat, drink and be merry
16.  Prescribe your own medicines
17.  Don’t recognize the risks of taking complementary and alternative remedies
18.  Only see your doctor when you're desperate
19.  Choose the wrong doctor
20.  Choose the wrong voice teacher
21.  Choose the wrong schedule
22.  Choose the wrong career
23.  Choose the wrong “day job”
24.  Choose the wrong singing voice specialist
25.  Choose the wrong speech-language pathologist
26.  Don’t recognize that gastrointestinal (GI) disorders commonly cause voice complaints
27.  Neglect treating your allergies
28.  Neglect treating your asthma
29.  Sing when you’re sick
30.  Don’t drink enough water
31.  Don’t eat well
32.  Don’t tell your doctors that you’re a singer
33.  Assume non-laryngeal surgery won’t affect your voice
34.  Assume laryngeal surgery will improve your voice
35.  Assume your age (young and old) does not affect your voice
36.  Don’t follow your doctor’s advice
37.  Don’t treat underlying health issues
38.  Don’t take care of your mental health
39.  Ignore your eating disorder
40.  Deny that you have a voice problem
41.  Clear your throat
42.  Don’t treat dental/oral cavity disease
43.  Don’t protect your larynx from injury
44.  Don’t realize that bodily injuries outside the vocal tract may affect the voice
45.  Expose yourself to environmental irritants
46.  Don’t realize that hearing loss can affect the voice
47.  Sing or play in the wrong environment or with the wrong equipment
48.  Play a wind instrument (especially, badly)
49.  Don’t get second opinions
50.  Don’t follow the suggestions in this book
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Details: 214 Pages, Paperback. 229x152mm

ISBN13: 978-1-909082-15-3

Release Date: 2015

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