TCR047 | PODCAST – Vocal health: mythbusting with Dr Helen Neuenschwander

In this episode, we chat to our friend Dr Helen Neuenschwander, a general practitioner and a choral singer. She gives us the lowdown on all sorts of vocal health issues, like how important is it to drink water when we sing? Should we avoid alcohol/dairy/caffeine? What’s really going on in our bodies when we sing? Is anyone really ‘tone deaf’? Join us for a mythbusting bonanza.


Comments on TCR047 | PODCAST – Vocal health: mythbusting with Dr Helen Neuenschwander

  1. Avatar Bhakti says:

    Re TCR047 comment regarding voluntary use of the diaphragm. I urge you to do some research. With respect to Dr Neuenshwander I have been teaching breathing for 30 years and we certainly do have voluntary control of the diaphragm. It is a tricky subject as the muscle has neither voluntary nor involuntary nerves. But singers can learn to have voluntary control…

    Love your podcasts!

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      Hi Bhakti. That’s an interesting perspective; thank you for sharing it with us. I have always thought that we don’t have conscious control of the diaphragm, that we consciously control our abdominal muscles which, when trained, allow the diaphagm to move up slowly and smoothly, helping to create a steady out-breath and consequently a steady tone.

      As we can’t ‘feel’ our diaphragms, how can we consciously control them? Can you point us in the direction of any good, reliable literature that sets out that argument? I’m sure lots of readers would be interested.

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