Throat Lubrication Tips for Singers

Let me start this by saying I'm a professional blues singer with a four octave range. I have been gigging for 14 years and have been recording for record labels for almost as long. I have a bit of a raspy lower register and it's extremely important that I keep my voice in good shape, or I would lose it. Few things can screw a singer’s voice – and a concert – up more quickly than singing with a dry throat or mouth. There are several reasons for this, but I’ll skip most of them and just say the main reason is it’ll force you to overcompensate. If you know your voice well, you can pull it off if you absolutely have to. If you know your voice like you’re God incarnate, you can pull it off for 3 hours straight, in a smokey environment, without anything to drink, whilst suffering a cold – and still be able to do it all over again 16 hours later.

The latter category is cool, to a degree, but it comes with very high pricetag. You see, the only way you can know for sure how much your voice can take, is to actually lose it in its entirety for a few week’s time. Losing it for a day doesn’t count, not even a little bit. You have to lose it to the point you actually start to cry, wondering if you’ve lost an entire octave forever.

The good news is, unless you were a complete moron about your technique, the voice usually does recover. But it’s not something a professional should endeavor to experience. Just take it from me, and others like me, when we tell you maintaining your vocal chords from the start is an absolute must. There are a number of ways to do this, and I’m not talking about things like vocal exercises.

Nor am I talking about not smoking, which is something anyone with a brain already knows. I’ll get into the other aspects eventually, but the most basic requirement here is lubrication. And I’m going to tell you the best, and worst things that will affect this. I base this on 12 years of professional singing, in all settings. This includes festivals of 10,000 or more people, small clubs of 50 people, poorly mic’ed settings and well-mic’ed settings.

Me Singing Live

The Worst:

  • Water

The biggest lie of them all, what a friggin joke this is. Water is for hydration, nothing more. And while hydration is important, water is not going to get you through a set when your throat feels like it's on fire due to a cold or something else. In fact, there is nothing worse than water, and that’s exactly why you see people drinking lots of it during gigs – it doesn’t make anything slick, it only moistens for the amount of time it’s in your mouth. In fact, nothing makes you more aware of a dry throat than water that’s just gone down it. A good lubricant LASTS. It’s not something you have to repeat several times a song. And it's not something you should even need to be thinking about more than a couple of times a set.

  • Tea

This one makes me laugh. People who take tea onstage, especially people who take silly crap like throat coat tea onstage, are just wasting money. Tea is no different than water (unless worse counts), and nothing in throat coat tea is any more helpful than regular water. The warm temp can help a little, but you might as well just be taking hot water up there if that’s what it’s doing for you. And yes, I’ve done the hot water thing when there nothing else I could get my hands on. It works, if only somewhat.

  • Beer

Beer is about the same as milk – do not drink this within 5 hours of going onstage. If you’re a lush and can’t face the crowd (you can probably guess from my tone I don't approve of this), take ONE shot of liquor, and then take pineapple juice up there with you. No beer, it makes you sound like crap whether you know it or not.

The Best:

  • Pineapple juice

Far and away, the best choice available. Doesn’t matter if it’s room temp or a bit chilled, but nothing cold. And nothing with chunks in it, those can make you cough. Pineapple juice is slick, it will instantly moisten your throat, wet your tongue – and cause you to salivate, which is the best lubrication you can find. 1 glass per 45 minute set, a sip or two between songs, that’s all you need. Remember, you’re just lubricating, not quenching thirst. Do not go overboard with pineapple juice, you will spend the next morning in the bathroom. Crazy as pineapple juice sounds, it’s the best thing you can use, and I’ve converted every opera singer I’ve ever mentioned it to.

  • Strawberry Juice

I don’t go out of my way to get this one, but if I can’t get my hands on pineapple juice this will do for a one off. It can be grainy, so just sip. SIP. It will also cause you to salivate, and it will make your mouth very slick. Again, don’t overdo it.

  • Honey

And by this, I mean pure honey. Not honey mixed in with some silly tea. If your throat really gets it, you can carry a small squeezable tube of honey around with you and use a tiny bit as needed. Salivation is instant and that’s what it’s all about.

  • Olives

Again, the real olive, not olive oil, though I suppose that would work in a pinch. Olives are readily available in most bars, just nibble (NIBBLE) at one until your throat feels nice and wet.

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tmryan 2 years ago

Right on, Isabella! Water is such a BIG no no. Throat coat tea is a vocal death sentence if you drink it while singing. I sip extra virgin olive oil which really make your throat slick. However, you may experience a slight burn while swallowing the olive oil. This is due to oleocanthal, a natural polyphenolic anti-inflammatory agent uniquely found in extra virgin olive oil. They say, the more oleocanthals, the better the oil quality. Oleocanthals have an anti-inflammatory quality similar to ibuprofen. Inflamed vocal cords are not a good thing so olive oil offers two benefits while singing. If the slight burn in your throat bothers you, simply sip less or buy a lower grade olive oil. Perhaps the non-virgin version. Give it a try to see what you think.

chrissy 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice about Pineapple Juice. Had a dry throat for 2 weeks and until my voice has warmed up it is hard to sing. Got a gig tonight and am drinking the juice now.

Mark 3 years ago

Extra virgin olive oil helps if you do oil pulling with it regularly. You don't need to do it right before you sing.

John 4 years ago

Ive been using Pineapple Juice for over 10 years and is, by far, the best option out there. Easily available at any location with a bar. If there isn't one, I bring some along with me. Good emphasis on only sipping. A little goes a long way, and thank heavens someone else out there debunking the water myth.

Big D 4 years ago

Anything with alcohol will dry your throat and should be avoided. This is great information Isabella, Thanks! I've had to gargle salt water before shows before to get through and I'm going to try the pineapple ASAP!

Luc 4 years ago

Hi Isabella, not easy to execute that song the way you did, you have an amazing breath support. Thanks for the advices and I will certainly try the pineapple juice. Something that seems to help me is Slippery Elm lozenges, I don't notice anything radical but it seems to keep to help the throat. When we sing, there is a normal tendency to dry the throat, better technique helps but it is air and air dries.

pam 4 years ago

thank u so much for your advice,i have been singing for year's now in church and some times my trought gets really dry,thanks for your tips hun'cant wait to try it.

wes 4 years ago

Would lemonade have the same effect? Have you tried that?

abdoul fatah 4 years ago

merci merci et une fois de plus merci tes conseil mon bocup aider

abdoulfatah 4 years ago

i am just from reading ur advices i will try and i will inform u coz i am graduating in 4 days time and i wil present a special number thzzzz

Ayanah 4 years ago

Hi, thanks for sharing this information. I am often conflicted because there are so many opinions out there. Is it right to say that what works for one may not work for another? Some people argue that the best lubricants to use are water, warm tea with honey and other traditional recommendations...Others argue that best thing is pineapple juice, olives etc... Being a professional vocalist myself, there are times when I just don't know what to do, or which to try... could be a bit annoying...

Chris 4 years ago

I was eating pineapple just before singing yesterday, and noticed I was in stronger voice and could hit unusually difficult notes with ease. Looked around at what I was doing different and saw my plate of pineapple sitting there, and by the end of my session had decided to look up pineapple on the internet in regards to throat lubrication; found this article as a result. I would never have thought of it on my own, but pineapple juice WORKS, and amazingly well! Thanks for putting this out there, as there are so many ridiculous products targeting singers and speakers, when all anyone needs to do is run to the grocery store and buy some pineapple juice. Cheers!

Tomina 4 years ago

Great article, thanks! I have to say though that it is very much different for every singer. I sing for a Rock band which is a very demanding job and I take extremely strict care of my voice to avoid stress and nodules. Pineapple juice is great, but for me, never during a show. It lubricates but more often than not it forms too much saliva in my throat and clogs it up the same way milk does. I mist note here that i do not drink too much o it because i simply dont like the taste. With water, none of my coaches, or anyone else I'm aware of, states that water should be used as a lubricant. Water is recommended not to lubricate your throat but to hydrate your body, dry throat doesn't occur due to substances only but due to poor hydration as well, that's a scientific fact. I personally have experienced the positive effect of tea on my voice and it is what i use before performance and always during recording. Tea with honey is very beneficial to me and my voice :) ultimately no two voices are the same and I have to say that each singer has their own tricks to overcome difficulties. Great advise is always welcome too :)

AlyceMarie 4 years ago

Fabulous Isabella!!! Your advice has totally changed and helped thousands of people, like myself! Thanks for taking the time to give back and help others succeed!! You will sooo be blessed!!! Good luck to you and thanks again!! xo

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

If it were me, I would gargle with warm salt water two or three times a day as needed. I would also be drinking pineapple juice in the meantime, and talking as little as possible. Also when I'd need to speak, I'd do so very quietly. Good luck!

Pamela 4 years ago

Thanks for the great advice. I'll definitely keep this in mind. I never knew water was bad for dry throats. It makes sense now, why I've been sucking down water all day and my voice is still hoarse/throat is dry.

I was wondering if you had any advice on getting rid of a consistent dry/hoarse voice? I just finished performing in a musical this past weekend, and my voice been hoarse/dry throat for the past 3/4 days. I start rehearsals for my next musical in less than 2 weeks, and I need to be able to hit some notes that right now, I can't.

Any suggestions?

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

Lauren, while you're entitled to think I "suck" (etc, etc), your comment was so hateful that I can't see any reason to approve it. I will only point out that the clip up there is not a "bar or pub", it's the national theater of the European country it was filmed in. And that is several thousand people you hear getting to their feet. Sorry it left you feeling so very underwhelmed.

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

Colloidal silver never worked for me and had the opposite effect as it seems to have had for you. But if it works for you, that's great.

jujajun99 4 years ago

Just discovered colloidal silver spray - I spray 5 times on my throat, give it say 20 minutes, and works even better I believe than pineapple juice. Perhaps in conjunction?

Says it's great for sore throats and I agree.

Ingrid 4 years ago

Thanks heaps. Those who say to leave the advice to the specialists have clearly never been let down by them. Mine looked at my throat, said no nodules, that was it. They just don't care enough to investigate or advise.

I'll try the pineapple juice.

I'm also noticing some foods are making my lose my voice, I suspect potato chips are a culprit, and hairspray seems to as well.

Post nasal drip is a bitch and I wouldn't wish it upon Satan :)

Kristin Chute 4 years ago

Thank you, I really appreciate this :) I have been on a special diet that requires me to drink a LOT of water.. I've been getting dry at gigs. I can't be dehydrated! And I happen to LOVE pineapple juice. What about grapefruit juice I wonder..

Preethi Hadassah 4 years ago

Hey, if you are allergic to pineapple juice, you need to rub the fruit (peeled) with salt and wash it. And then make juice of it. I don't know whether the packed juices sold undergo this process of deallergizing or not.

steve 4 years ago

I will look at this more. I like strawberries

Gopdeep 4 years ago

Thank you Isabella . I will drink pineapple juice and honey . And not beer, tea and water for two weeks and lets see if my dry and sore throat will be OK for singing ...

joan 4 years ago

My ear,nose, and throat doctor told me at 64, that I had no nodules, vocal cords still plumped up. I asked why I was raspy and my voice sometimes/often broke into a growling sound. He said mucus had dried over the years and really had no solution to offer but saline. It did little to clean them off. So, (please react to this idea) I figured that if vinegar cleaned calcium and other deposits out of my coffee pot, that maybe it would clean my vocals. I gargled with a somewhat diluted solution. I also made a very weak solution and used as a nose drops. It did seem to help noticably. I do know that vinegar in water helps with acid reflux. I sometimes have food stick somewhere in the middle and feels like a big bubble of air mixed with it. It won't go up or down. I have to excuse myself and go to the bathroom and cough it up. If I put pepper sauce or drink a tiny bit of vinegar prior to eating, this doesn't happen. So do you think it could also damage the vocals?

Speechie 4 years ago

I'm a Speech Therapist & these tips are great. Wanted to add that we also suggest pineapple juice because it contains enzymes which break down excess mucous (try making pineapple jelly and you'll see!)

Great for a cold or general voice problems.

Also make sure you are steaming with clean water, resting and warming up your voice. Avoiding spicy food & dry central heating is important if you frequently lose your voice.

Jenn 4 years ago

I've been singing in choirs for over 15 years. Room temperature or warm water is definitely good for staying hydrated, but to keep my throat lubricated I've found that Thayer's Slippery Elm Lozenges work really well! They are all natural so they won't do any harm. You can get a lot of them on Amazon for around $10. Hope this helps some people out there. Thanks for the post. I will definitely try the Pineapple juice method.

Samuel fadare 4 years ago

For me, how can one overcome the problem of hoarse voice and also how can you make your voice less thick and stop cracking.

henrman peter 4 years ago

thanks alo my beatfully sister isaabella i am real working on your advice and i beleave it will help me alot

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

The brand I mentioned in my last post is available in Romania. It's called Tymbark "Cool". Tymbark is the same company that makes the juice I drink, so it should be quite similar. If you can't find it, and if you don't have an allergy to strawberries, look for natural strawberry juice in the same type of carton. I have used that before, from Cappy I think, when I couldn't get pineapple juice while I was on tour. It was a bit thick, but it worked as long as I just sipped it.

john 4 years ago

lool )) in my stupid country now i can't find commercial pineeaple juice to be 100% natural. I have searched in 10 stores and i can find only 50% natural and with sugar .And sugar is not good right ?. In my country i can find only RAW pineapples ready to be squeezed . I guarantee you that RAW is not good and have a negative impact on voice because the vocal folds become a little irritated so the voice starts to sound a little strangle or limited . I don't have any allergy so i will search the pasteurized version . I will go to a bigger supermarket this week hoping to find...

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

I have no idea if you're right or not about the raw vs pasteurized -- I've never advocated either and I'm not a juice or packaging expert. And truly, it sounds to me like you've got an allergy to pineapple and if I were you, I wouldn't drink any more of it. But if you really want to know, I use a brand called Relax. Tymbark's "Cool" juice line has pineapple and it's available in Romania. And if you have a reaction that involves tingling or itching, I suggest you go to a doctor and get tested for a pineapple allergy, and avoid drinking any more of it. Good luck.

john 4 years ago

ohh now i start to understand ))) if you drink a brand name in carton this means NOT RAW . Pasteurized juices are natural but not RAW and are guaranteed for 1 or 2 years . If you want you can mention exactly the brand are you using . I'm just curious . Thks . Wish you the best .

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

Actually, that sounds precisely like an allergic reaction -- that, or you're drinking contaminated juice. What you put into your body is your own responsibility, this article does not order anyone to drink pineapple juice. It's the best lubricant that I have ever found, and everyone I know who has tried it agrees with me. So my advice is, if you have adverse effects, or if you simply don't like how it feels, then try something else. And I haven't mentioned the brand I drink, because you don't live in my country and it's not available in yours.

john 4 years ago

if i drink RAW i feel itching, tingling,pins and needles in my lips and throat and my vocal timbre start to sound a little altered . I don't gave any allergy . Another friend of mine after drinking RAW pineeaple encountered the same negative result . So my advice is to be careful what information you give . Maybe you drink pasteurized juice and not 100% raw . Pasteurized means not raw . Another thing is that you don't mention what kind of carton is that . Commercial sigilated carton or raw juice buyed in an open carton NON sigilated carton....

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

I honestly have no idea if it's pasteurized or not. I buy it in a carton, it's 100 natural with no preservatives, no flavor added, no sugar, etc. But regardless of which kind it is, I can't imagine how either variety would negatively affect the timbre of your voice. Perhaps you have an allergy to it. I know that when I drink kiwi juice my throat swells up a bit and I can't sing for crap. You might want to look into that.

john 4 years ago

Very important . I don't understand what pineapple juice are you using ?? THE RAW ONE ?? or commercial and 100% natural but pasteurized ??.

I have tried the RAW one for a few days and is not working . May voice timbre is negatively affected because of RAW pineapple juice . Usually my voice sounds something like Dave Gahan .. bUT NOW AFTER drinking raw pineapple my voice sounds common and nothing special ...

Maybe you are drinking the commercial and 100% natural but pasteurized ?

Danila 4 years ago

Just wanted to thank you for this because I don't like tea and water just did not seem to be cutting it no matter how much I downed. Adding pineapple juice made a HUGE DIFFERENCE. At first I wondered if it was a placebo effect, but it's been a couple months now and I've sung both with and without using it, and the difference is clear. My throat feels so much better and it's easier to sing. Thank you!!!

elvis 4 years ago

Hey I sang pro. For about 14 years got out of it for 10 years and coming back I still sound the same but I did notice when I sing high notes my throat will dry out a little now that I am older thanks for the info might be just what I need I always drank water but hey I was young and dumb lol you sound great and you can hear me if you like at and o ya thank you thank you very much..

LW 4 years ago

I was looking for a solution for my Mom who has a recent chronic laryngitis issue. When I saw pineapple juice it sparked a memory! I worked in food R&D years ago and we did experiments with bromelain as a tebderizer for a dough product. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple and the enzyme can be used for tenderizing! If you place beef or pork in pineapple juice for around 8 hours it will break down the meat and make it very tender and it will melt in your mouth after grilling! I can see by "sipping" not drinking it would tenderize the throat! Good information!

Charis 4 years ago

1. Let me correct about the water tip. Voice docs who say water is good for the voice they mean that the singer should in general drink lots of water during the day, not only before singing, because then it is true, you feel more thirsty than lubricated.

2. Tea and not any kind of tea, the best is chamomile with some honey, someone supposed to have it before singing exercises, because it relaxes the throat, not before regular on stage singing and after singing because again it relaxes the throat muscles and vocal folds.

Thanks again for this post, it is very useful.

Romulus 4 years ago

Hopefully this would be an absolute enswer from God. Thanks my sister for your inspired tips.

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Isabella Snow 4 years ago Author

I've always used the natural kind and buy it in a carton ready to drink. I don't know how the other types would pan out, but I suspect they would be fine. You can always try them and see...

misformusicandme 4 years ago


what pineapple juice means exactly?

1.the one made with the juicer,

2.the commercial juice claiming to be 100% natural or

3.the liquid from stewed fruit?

Vimbainashe 4 years ago

Wow,tts some valuable advice,I really appreciate!thank you!

EBITARI 5 years ago

Wow am greatfull for ur tip is all nice i will try it, but i just like 2 know when singing a high tone getting to a point i stop, and i dont like d sound of my vocal. What can i do? Dat wil bring out the beauti of my voice and sound out

aj 5 years ago

hey there, im no singer but was wondering why do people rinse their mouth after singing?

Steve, M.D. 5 years ago

As a physician, I CAN address some of the criticism noted above. First, nothing in Isabella's comments are harmful at all unless one has an allergy to honey. Water is for hydration, not lubrication. The two are entirely separate medical issues. One can be well hydrated and not lubricated. Lubrication is a mixture of saliva/mucus/water (think of how oil and water separate) and one would not want to rehydrate with lubricant.

As a classically-trained singer as an undergrad, I can attest to some of the remedies Isabella mentioned as efficacious for singing. It is important that singers are well hydrated (and also well rested) and don't do stupid things such as smoke. They key is balance. If you are dehydrated, all of the pineapple juice in the world will not cure your dehydration. If you're suffering from a dry throat, it is because the esophageal lining is lacking in mucus.

It is true that the epiglottis prevents liquids from reaching the vocal cords, but the cilia in the lungs are constantly pushing mucus up the bronchii into the throat beyond the epiglottis. Honestly, humans are like donuts. The opening at one end connects to the opening at the other: this is physiology 101. Similarly, lubriants work the same on epithelial tissue, so oils will work just fine in the throat. I am uncertain as to why pineapple juice would work, but possibly it could break apart oils higher in the throat and allow them to filter down more readily. Regardless, medically speaking it is harmless (diabetics or others with sensitivity to pineapple not withstanding) so feel free to indulge if it helps your throat. The medical "sore throat" is almost always caused by post-nasal drip or problems with the tonsils or adenoids, and rarely the actual throat tissue proper.

(Kenny: with oily snacks, prepare for repercussions on the other end of the digestive system. And per a comment above: pineapple juice is one of the worst offenders for GERD/Refluc as it is highly acidic!)

Happy singing, all.

Dr. Steve, M.D. (U.S.)

*medical advice cannot be given via the Internet. You should always discuss treatments for specific medical conditions with your personal physician.

juliana barrios 5 years ago

Yes my dear I am very thankful for your advice, I had natural Pineapple juice this

morning and I was able to sing so much better!!! I am taking a medication that dries out my whole system my mouth,throat,skin, lips,etc!!!!! and most of the time I wake up with a hoarse voice and since I am a singer that makes me feel depressed!!

Off course I won't take that medication anymore!! the pineapple help me through my rehearsal today. this is something that I am going to use from now and on thank you soooo much!! By the way I suffer from reflux too I heard pineapple is the only acid fruit that don't upset your stomach because some kind of enzyme!! good luck to all!!

Emily Roach 5 years ago

This is so silly, really. Water is ALWAYS the BEST for your voice. What a crock.

Affinity86 5 years ago

Great tip with the pineapple juice. My own experience has led me to be quite picky about how I get my pineapple juice, and I have found that juicing a raw pineapple and putting the juice in a small bottle to take to a gig works wonders. For some reason, the juice in dole cans is a bit too sweet for me, and I find the sugar coats my throat in an undesirable way. Just my two cents...

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Isabella Snow 5 years ago Author

I never told people not to drink water, I told them not to rely on it for throat lubrication.

zz14tops 5 years ago

i heard olive oil works best

Teddy 5 years ago

Interesting article...

While I respect your opinions, I personally do NOT agree with what you have stated.

Like Billy Carri said above me, what you drink does not affect your vocal folds. Just because your mouth feels dry doesn't mean that your vocal folds are. The best thing to do is drink tepid, or even hot water. What I sometimes do, is stick my mouth over a vaporizer. Breathing in moist air, unlike drinking, does effect your vocal folds, because your body is considering the evaporated water as a gas.

The reason people drink hot water or tea is so that you can heat up your vocal folds, allowing them to expand more.

The reason you feel like your throat is lubricating is because the sugar in these sugary drinks is actually absorbing the water, and your mouth needs to generate more saliva to replace it.

The reason we drink water isn't to make our chords more lubricate, but to keep ourselves hydrated. With the nerves racking, and the heart pounding we need to stay hydrated.

There is just too much scientific evidence that disproves what you say. I'm sorry. But it was really interesting to read.

Billy Carri 5 years ago

I gotta be honest. I'm pretty skeptical of this take on water. The physics of the body dictate that you can't "lubricate" your vocal folds. If you do, you're drowning. Your glotis and epiglotis prevent food/liquid from going down into your trachea. Therefore the only thing you can do to make your vocal cords lubricated is to drink more fluid. Water is a fluid. And every vocal coach/ENT etc that I've EVER worked with (Dr. Wendy Leborgne most recently) will tell you that hydration STARTS and ENDS with Water. You are correct in that throat coat and all that stuff is a joke.. for the same reason I mentioned above. You simply can NOT lubricate your vocal folds from the outside. Stay hydrated, stay in shape, when you're feeling sick up your vitamins and water intake and eat healthy. Treat your voice like an instrument. Best advice I ever got when I was working a full time job wishing I could tour was "Are you a landscaper who sings or a singer who landscapes". Think about it. It helped me protect myself a bit more. Good article though..and great singing voice. Best o' luck! BC

Daniel 5 years ago

What if I drink pineapple juice with honey? I know it's gonna be extremely sweet, but is it a good idea? Oh, and thanks for the tips!

Mike 5 years ago

Where did you get your MD to become an Ear-Nose and Throat specialist? Leave advice to the people who have done scientific and peer-reviewed research. I have been burned in the past reading advice online.

Aleisha 5 years ago

Hi, I know you're a singer, but can you help me? Is there something called a voice doctor? I'm guessing an ENT is not going to really know what to do about this. But I get hoarse after just talking. And I don't even have to talk long. Just a short period of time and my throaty voice is a Marge Simpson sound-a-like. Can you get vocal damage by talking in the "wrong pitch"? If so, what does that mean? Thanks!

Ryan 5 years ago

Dole canned Pineapple juice. Who knew!>?!?! It's blowing me away right now... It totally changed the texture of my voice and makes sustaining pitch on long notes so much easier! Weird!! Thank you!!

Justajazzman 5 years ago

I have been a professional Auctioneer for over 30 years , working an average of 3 sales a week. The pineapple juice sounds like a great idea for me. My wife has gone to the grocery as we speak to get me enough for next week (5 sales). Thank you so much for sharing this information.

Tarah 5 years ago

I recently have had a cold, and I now I am not singing like I used to. I have been wanting to try olive oil but I'm not sure if I should. Which is better for your voice olive oil or pineapple juice?

GrooveTooth 5 years ago

Mango juice also seems to work pretty well too, and as far as smoking goes, i can imagine tobacco is not so good for the vocals, but I have noticed taking a small inhale of medicinal cannabis before preforming gives me more lung capacity and allows me to sound more emotional (in a positive way). The vibrato effect also becomes easier to nail. any thoughts?

khenz knight 5 years ago

i have an high pitch of voice but i cant maintain it cuz at the end of the song my voice get wrong! i will try this pineapple juice, i will just visit ur website if its work for me or not. thnx

Ross 5 years ago

does it have to be fresh pineapple juice or will dole canned work

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Isabella Snow 5 years ago Author

Well... you're a smoker, what do you expect?

Jay 5 years ago

Pineapple is O.K, but It doesn't last long. I sing in a very popular Black Crowes cover band, and I smoke.. The sets are very hard to say the least. The best is Biotene mouthwash. I use it everyday, and it coats your moth and vocal chords for hours.

Trust me nothing beats it..

bski 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips! I've drank pineapple juice plenty of times on gigs but haven't in some time.

I'll be sure to try it again. You're spot on about water. It often seems to make things worse for me. I must however respectfully disagree on your throat coat assessment. I swear by the stuff as it has gotten me through many gigs when I was in rough shape.

Noble 5 years ago

Hi I just stumbled across this page while looking for tips really great information really well written piece. I dont know if you could help me or if drinking pineapple juice will help at all but I bring up alot of phlegm I have cut down the milk and do not drink before trying to sing or practice I feel like I want to let my voice free but I just dont seem to be able to, unsure if it my tecnique or my throat holding me back but I can bring up phlegm on demand I have no idea I really love music as well as singing any sugestions would be very much appreciated.

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Isabella Snow 5 years ago Author

Stormcat, just ignore them -- I always delete those who can't comment objectively or without being offensive.

20 years of singing professionally the way I sing in that video -- which involves a lot of energy -- for 3-4 hours a night, 3-4 times a week. Pineapple juice is the only thing that ever worked for me. You don't need to gulp it, sometimes I just sipped it enough to keep my throat moist.

The only downside is that too much of it (say, more than a liter in one night) can turn it into a laxative. :-p And I reckon it's not the way to go for diabetics, either. But it has always worked fabulously for me and everyone I've ever recommended it to.

stormcat 5 years ago

wow... i didn't realize we had such rude folks on this thread. I am actually a classically trained singer and active performer who vetted this with my voice teacher who happens to be an Opera singer and University PHD professor. Because everyone is different, different things work for different folks. I tried it and it seemed to work, but was trying to get some insight from others who are WILLING to provide PRODUCTIVE feedback on how practical this could be day to day. Hopefully, i will hear from the folks who are willing to lend some constructive feedback.

stormcat 5 years ago

I've tried the pineapple juice and it works great. i practice singing everyday. would you suggest drinking pineapple juice prior to practice as well as performance?

Travis 5 years ago

Just experiment, what works for one person, might not work for the next.

Theresa 5 years ago

So glad I read this. I will definitely attest to water not working. Having been singing solo for church for the last 9 years. I was also smoking until this year. The smoked did a good job of cutting the phlegm but obviously not great for the singing. I stopped smoking 8 months ago b/c I noticed it was really affecting my breath & making me cough alot. Still waiting for that point where I don't have what i thought was smoker's cough when singing. Realized now it is a very dry throat. Gum helps beforehand, but obviously chewing gum & singing is out of the question, & they tend to frown on chewing gum in church anyway. Will have to try the pineapple juice, Thanks.

Takara 5 years ago

I don't know why people would call tea a lubricant. It's good if you have a sore throat and have to go on stage within 48 hours but lubricant it is not. Water is more of stay hydrated thing. Best thing for sore throat if you have to go on within an hour: suck on ice cubes! Director for last show swears by it!

stevo 5 years ago

I can't thank you enough. I'm the front man of a cover band and I had never heard of pineapple juice to lubricate your vocals but it's a 100% winner. if you haven't tried it yet make sure you do!

Killianna (Killi) 5 years ago

I have to sing for Honors Chior and on certain songs i couldn't hit the highest notes until I took your tips. I am really happy the you posted this; I couldn't thank you more!

Glenn 5 years ago

I've had the cold, cough it's now my voice box. Have a bad frog to it and it doesn't want to go back to normal. Will the pineapple juice work for this?

Brenda 5 years ago

You know now that I think about it...Ive been singing since I was 15 and am now 29. My voice over the yrs seems to have gotton WORSE. Ive noticed My throat is always dry and never realized why. I think its because I used to drink PINeAPPLE JUICE all the time. And I mean every day just because I loved the taste so much. I have stopped as an adult due to Always being on the atkins diet wich requires NO FRUIT in my diet. So now I am going back to pineapple juice! Thanks a lot! Hopefully I will get back the voice that I remember and enjoy singing like I used to!

Steve 5 years ago

I am in a band as the lead singer and a week ago i pushed my voice too much. So i have lost it for four days now. Its good to know that this happens in general. I will try your tips. Specially because i do screams and clean singing. thanks

Chris 5 years ago

Her post was not condescending at all. She was being helpful. Why can't you just let people share a tip without having to be so mean about it?

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Isabella Snow 5 years ago Author

George -- Haven't tried that, apart from trying to sort out a sore throat at the start. If it does work, I wouldn't guess it would do much good for an entire gig, since hot drinks go tepid and cold after a short period of time. But I reckon you could always try it and let us know!

Brent 5 years ago

Just a friendly tip: If you give advice condescendingly, people will be less inclined to believe you. And dear, this was the most condescending article I've read in a long time.

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Isabella Snow 5 years ago Author

I don't experience that problem with pineapple juice, no.

maria 5 years ago

doesn't it cause you to have reflux due to acid of pineapple? sorry, i know this might be a silly question. i just want to ask if it will affect my reflux or anything?

Maim 5 years ago

Holy crap, I nibbled down one olive and I could just feel it moisten and lubricate my lovely sound-making innards. Also, I can't stop eating these olives, om nom nom nom nibble nibble nibble.

Grace 5 years ago

Wow, I have an audition for Berklee College of Music this Saturday, and I have been researching ways to keep my voice prime. I read the pineapple advice, tried it, and immediately could hold my pitch stronger! Thanks so much!

Beans 5 years ago

I've only started singing for people recently, and very quickly learned that water does nothing for lubrication. I am going to try all these tips. So very helpful - thank you so much for sharing!

Reut 5 years ago

I have had constant dry coughs and an sore irritated throat in the last few days. I was worried I was going to lose my voice for a long time. The pineapple juice was and still is the only thing that actually soothes and stops my cough attacks. Thanks for all the tips!

dominic 5 years ago

now this is good advise truthly.i respect the advise from experiences of others and will learn.god bless for the advise

Matt 5 years ago

Thank you for this, I am also a countertenor with a cold I had a 45 minute recital I know my voice pretty well and I thought I had no chance, a few sips of Pineapple juice later and I managed to get through my programme. Thanks for the tip.

Elle 5 years ago

Yep, pineapple juice is a winner. It was recommended to me by a choir teacher way back at school and I still use it today. General hydration is important obviously, but unless you're losing lots of fluid on stage jumping around and raising a sweat a normal hydration routine is fine. No need to take water on stage! Pineapple juice does the trick for any annoying tickles, coughs or scratchiness.

Matthew  5 years ago

I am a countertenor and the pineapple juice completely dried out my voice. Water always seems to work for me though. I don't know if it's because of my vocal range, but it definitely did not work. You sound amazing though!

Marshall 5 years ago

Love the pineapple juice. Saved my bacon today. Felt like I had full range and control for the first time in a while. Have been having problems with dry throat. This did the trick. Thank you!

Ernie 5 years ago

THis is why I love the internet !!!!!!!!! and you too now. YOu might have solved an eternal problem with me as I dreaded choking at interviews and before going on stage just for my throat going dry and getting choked !!! Never in a 1000 years would I realize that water did more harm than anything else. The body has the hydration it needs but the throat is getting worse by the minute due to the talking !!!!! Dammit !!!!! Will definitely do the Pineapple Juice and the olives.... I will also look for some tube honey (If they sell it)...Woweeeee.. THanx a million dear !!!!!!!

mary 6 years ago

Oh my goodness!! For a few years now I could never figure out why water and lemon didn't work for me. I have even tried tea. Nothing seemed to work. Thank you so much for the tip. If I could see you in person I would give you a GREAT BIG HUG !

Jenn 6 years ago

You are a Godsend for posting this - this is exactly what I've been looking for as a singer in Phoenix, AZ (can we say DRYYYYYYYY). I came up with olive oil myself to help, but I'll go for the olives themselves now instead - and will try the pineapple juice (would definitely rather do this!). Thank you for this :-)

Dawn 6 years ago

**Wait one hour before brushing :) The abrasives in the toothpaste can further damage your teeth if you brush right away! Thought I'd be more specific.

Dawn 6 years ago

If you drink lemon juice or "suck on lemons" make sure you brush your teeth afterwards! The acid eats away at your enamel and causes sensitivity :) Its very bad for your teeth if you don't brush after. Trust me on that.

miss rain 6 years ago

damn! you're so good! and i hope your tips can help me sing better and take care of my voice better too! muwah!

Musictchr45 6 years ago

Thanks for the info. Even as an instructor you learnnsomething new everyday. But to clarify something, water may not work as a lubricant, but it is essential to keep the body hydrated. Dehydrated body=dehydrated throat & chords. So you want to make sure to stay welk hydrated. And if need be, try the pineapple juice.

Happy singing!

Peaches 6 years ago

I also do hard rock and i've been without a voice now for about 4 days. My throught hurts and I can't even talk without pulling a face. Sour green apples usually helps me before recording or a gig, but for some reason nothing is helping me this time. At least I have till this weekend before I have to sing but I want to avoid this in the future. I drink a LOT of water on stage but that's because I jump around all the time. I'm gonna try the Pineapple thing and the olive oil. God I hope it works!

linda moody 6 years ago

I recently did my first 10 hour recording session singing some hard rock. its been 2 and a half weeks and i still cant sing. My voice hurts. Any advice? i have stopped talking to rest my voice and am keeping hydrated- now i will make sure i have pineapple juice- anything else?

tom 6 years ago

I lead worship in my church. Not the best singer, but improving each time, but noticed my voice cracking about halfway through.I drink water before and aviod caffine in that morning before i sing, but next sunday iam showing up in church with a pineapple in my music bag !Thanks so much, all of you! See you in church.

Tony 6 years ago

Thanks for the advice, I have had times where my voice is so dry that I actually became drunk on water. It didn't do much of anything for me. I sing in a hard rock band and have lately found myself having to force things I didn't before. I do vocal warm ups and breathing warm ups before I practice, play etc..... I am going to get some pineapple juice on the way home. Thanks a ton and God bless.

TeeDub 6 years ago

Lady Snow, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I was aware of some of the remedies mentioned above prior to finding your page and personally must vouch for olive oil. I have taken a spoon full of olive oil in the past and noticed a huge improvement with my range and overall throat comfort. However, I'm trying the pineapple juice as I type, as I've been singing all morning and afternoon, and JUST a moment ago did a pitch slide from my highest falsetto note down to my lowest bass note WITHOUT cracking. Not even when I came to my head voice. I'M SOLD. GOD BLESS ALL!

Neal 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I'm a pretty nervous performer and always like to have aleast one beer before going onstage. With a pretty big gig coming up tomorrow i think i will try your one shot of liquor and pineapple juice, see if it helps.

TheOtherDude 6 years ago

Thx for the hints. I sometimes get a scratchy voice while singing high notes. I wonder as there is sometimes no problem but the other day it's dry and even hurts a little. I drink a lot!!! of coffee each day (office work :-(. Will this have a negative impact to my voice as well? However, Pineapple juice is worth a try and after reading thru all this posts I'm excited to try this out.

Cheers and greetings from Germany

Molly 6 years ago

5/7/10 Hi Isabella -- Thanks for your interesting and valuable information. In my writing workshop I have to read a three-page story aloud tomorrow, and feared my voice would give out due to my drying medication. Pineapple, here I come. It's great to have trustworthy advice from a professional. Many thanks for sharing, and I will share your website with others as well. Best wishes for fame and fortune in your singing career.

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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient! I will tell this to a friend who is also a singer... great voice ma'am! :)

Nicole 6 years ago

I'm a soprano and lately I have been having trouble singing, my throat starts itching and coughing and I have to stop singing because I feel like if somebody is choking me. I never heard of pineapple juice before till now, I'll give a try. thanks for the tip.

kak 6 years ago

Forgot to mention hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use matters. Avoid Sodium Laurel Sulfate in toothpaste (it dries the mouth). Biotene and Therabreath mouthwash keep the mouth moist pretty well. Once again, Cheers!

kak 6 years ago

If its milk-based, grain-based, red, has high fructose corn syrup, or has tannin (like tea), avoid it. Coffee cuts phlegm, but may over dry. Regular hydration (water) is essential, but limit consumption during a concert. A bathroom call is bad style. Honey and pineapple juice do work. Sometimes an apple (not the skin) is good. Also, an isotonic salt water solution can be good to gargle if the throat is mildly irritated. That's a mild salt solution. And finally, absolutely do NOT tense the neck muscles, turn your head to the side, or otherwise move your head, neck and shoulders. Nothing will shorten a singing gig faster than tensing up, whether lubing with pineapple juice or 10w-30. Cheers!

Lauren M. 6 years ago

Finally someone who agrees with me that water does Jack squat! I thought I was crazy.

I'm tired today and I have to sing a solo later tonight... pineapple juice here we come.

Thanks for the post!

Michael 6 years ago

I tried pineapple juice last night after reading this and as a professional singer, I must say this the best so far.

Ed 6 years ago

Wow, I hear so many people rant on about how water is the best thing. Even most recording engineers during vocal recording sessions will say "have a glass of water" if my voice cracks. I've always argued that water just strips away the thin mucus coating that a voice needs to work well. The best thing I've found (but I'm really excited about trying pineapple juice) is a couple of shots of jagermeister, along with warm ups before singing. Wow, thanks so much for sharing your story and tips. You rock!!

DAVE 7 years ago

I hope that the pineapple juice can make me sound as good as you!

Pastor John Leger 7 years ago

Thanks for your info! I lead the worship at our church nearly every sunday and love to sing, play the guitar and keyboard and a few other instruments. Every Sunday I vocalize on the way to our facility and have for the last seven years. I've been leading worship and singing for over 20 years and have tried lots of things to lubricate my throat. Water has never worked for me, but would still recommend a full glass of water about 1 hour before. I stumbled upon this site and picked up some pineapple juice on the way to church and gave it a shot. I was absolutely amazed!!! I have about a 3 1/2 octive range and was able to reach the top notes effortlessly. I was sold after singing the very first song and so was my worship team. In fact, two of them called their spouses to get them some on the way to the service. Thanks again!!!!!!

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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

I have chronic voice problems from childhood illness, I use honey to help but yesterday the pineapple juice seemed to do much better for me and I had not read here until now. Not singing, I just like to be able to talk now and again.

Dennis 7 years ago

I will try pineapple juice, i've been try drinks like water and lemon tea in a long run of singing but it doesn't help much sometimes i sounded scratchy and sometimes a hoarse voice even i have enough sleep though..i think pineapple juice will clear up my voice better and i think this is the right time to try it! Thanks for the tips!

Chris 7 years ago

I'm going to give the pineapple juice a try, but I can definitely vouch for water and tea doing NOTHING! My throat tends to be dry fairly often, and it definitely affects my singing. I could drink a gallon of water throughout the day and it won't help (though water does still serve a purpose for general throat health). I notice my throat feels good right after I eat, but as mentioned, eating before singing is not ideal, and it also doesn't last long enough.

One thing I know that helps me with my general dry throat condition is honey lemon lozenges. Nothing fancy, a HALLS will do. Note - I dont' have a sore throat, just dry, but that can also have an effect throughout the day leading up to a performance. I've noticed I feel better when suckin on a few lozenges in the hours leading up to singing. Looking forward to seeing the results of the pineapple juice.

rfn 8 years ago

i still say lemon is one of MY best it is not a myth for me and my experience ...since i have been in my 40's my voice has been going through slight changes.....i suck a lemon at night before bed and eat nothing after that....i go straight to sleep and let the acid do the the morning i my throat feels morning voice sometimes needs a lil' help.....but lemon has been great for me.......i will try the pineapple juice a try as times i have been taking mineral oil for personal reasons before bed some nights......and now that throat lubrication has been mentioned.....i have noticed some strenghening in my voice the next day.......but the pineapple juice ....i will try it.....thanks

Beau 8 years ago

Sadly I have the proof that water doesn't (quite) work. The thing is that I have a condition that at first sight resembles asthma (don't worry, I'm not a singer), but in reality is something else. Just by chance I realized that gargling with water provides some relief... for a very short time! If I really want to see a difference, I have to do that 50-100 times a day - literally! So guess what I'll drink from now on...

warming lubricant 8 years ago

awesome hub. i've actually never heard of threat lubrication thats pretty crazy. I'm thinking mariah carey with her beautiful voice probably does something like that.

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gale583 8 years ago from New England

Great hub. I had no idea about water and tea, but I can't say I'm surprised, and looking back it makes complete sense to me!

However, what would you say about mixing (not together, but using both interchangeably) water and honey, as in water to keep hydrated (something my experience tells me is eternally helpful and underrated in the singing world, if not everywhere) and the honey to lubricate? I'd do the pineapple juice thing, but I'm allergic.

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Isabella Snow 8 years ago Author

Roxy - Thanks!

Aspirenow - Well, I have hypohidrosis, so I doubt you run hotter than myself. ;-) Water's fine for hydration but it's still useless for lubrication if its the last think you drink. I have no idea what pineapple juice does to reads, you may be right.

Kenny - No, you shouldn't be eating anything before you sing, things can get stuck in your throat and make you crack a note.

Eric - Lemon is another myth, they say to use it to cut phlegm. Personally I think it does more harm than good and can definitely make someone crack because its too much. Phlegm is manageable if you know how to close your throat off, Id rather do that than use lemon!

Sukritha - Thank you!

MrMarmalade - Thank you, too!

FaceNatural - For lubrication, yes, it's a very bad choice. :)

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Good to share and noted for the future.

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sukritha 8 years ago from Cochin

Isabella, Good information to share. keep going

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ericsomething 8 years ago from Charleston, SC and Riverside, CA

Good hub! I've been hanging around in the music scene for years (harmonica and some vocals) and I've never heard of using pineapple juice. Honey, yes. And lemon. And Jack Daniels (which doesn't work). I do swear by water, but you're right, a lubricant it's not. Now if I can keep the olive pieces from getting caught in the reeds ...

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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

How about oily snacks? Would they work?

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J.T. 8 years ago

great hub isabella.



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