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In my house right now we have ingredients but no food. So I have resorted to pizza, burgers, and all sorts of take out. Plus I have had a huge sweet tooth seeing how its the month of candy. All this junk has taking a hit on my voice I find it very hard to hit the notes im able to hit and have lost alot of my range in the past couple days. Does junk food have this great of an affect on you?

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Alcohol dries me out for 2-3 days.

Coffee and tea does the same thing.

Junk food has nothing good in it so how can you expect to get anything good out of it?

I've cut down on junk food and found a massive health boost.

Drink more water, eat more fruit and veg, get some exercise and quit the excuses.

In my house right now we have ingredients but no food.

Ingredients make food. Get a cook book.

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In my house right now we have ingredients but no food. So I have resorted to pizza, burgers, and all sorts of take out. Plus I have had a huge sweet tooth seeing how its the month of candy. All this junk has taking a hit on my voice I find it very hard to hit the notes im able to hit and have lost alot of my range in the past couple days. Does junk food have this great of an affect on you?

Yes. And i have bad news for you if you wanted to keep on eating garbage : the more your voice will develop, the more physical the act of singing will be, the more things like food, rest, and hydration will matter. To a certain point, singing compells you to either hit a plateau or change your daily habits to have the required energy and vocal health.

The advice come from someone who used to party a lot. Whatever i was doing (hanging out with budies, going to bars, partying etc), there was always alcohol, and a great deal of it. And of course, i would be quite lightheaded, eat garbage, and have erratic sleeping habits.

There are things like booze and cofee that have a direct impact on the voice (they both dry the vocal chords), and other things, like Junk food, whose impact are more subtle. The last will sap your energy, resulting in a tensed body, lack of propper support, and a crappy mood, that will impact your voice and eventually make it sore.

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I have one of those 'rugged' voice, can take a lot of intensity but food is one of those things that effects it in a way I don't like. Dairy and really acidic foods make my voice grainier sound and worst of all they make me mouth breath at night while sleep. That's the worst part about poor diet, all that dry air hitting the vocal cords for 8 hours a night.

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I have one of those 'rugged' voice, can take a lot of intensity but food is one of those things that effects it in a way I don't like. Dairy and really acidic foods make my voice grainier sound and worst of all they make me mouth breath at night while sleep. That's the worst part about poor diet, all that dry air hitting the vocal cords for 8 hours a night.

Dude, it seems like forever since you posted here. For all the newbies, Lugo is an actual pro heavy metal singer. And he also teaches. You might be surprised to know some of the bands and such that he has sang with. And if you were paying close attention a few years ago, he was a guest commentator on a few episodes of American Idol.

I break rules. I drink coffee and Diet Coke. Mostly I eat healthy. Home-cooked meals. Right now, my wife is taking a tenderizer to a pound or so of chicken breast, so my typing is keeping time with that. Which doesn't mean I eat healthy 24/7.

But, I would say, if a food is holding back one's singing, make a change.

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Mr Witch's Cackle! ;)

I had a really late night last night, and I had eaten a sandwich for breakfast and nothing at all throughout the day. So when I drove home I grabbed a take-out of buffalo wings and scarfed them up.

This morning my laryngitis was replaced with a reflux-ish cough, and now I'm totally fine. Feels like those wings cured my laryngitis.

… Or, it just might be that my body finally got rid of it.

The reason homeopathy and other bs works is that people usually resort to it when nothing else has worked. So after battling a chest cold for a month you take a couple of drops of echinacea/goldenseal and voilá, you're healed. Was it the alternative medicine, or was it just your body finally ridding itself of the virus? Especially when there's virtually no (convincing) research to speak for most of this hippie crap it's very, very likely that it's just the body doing it's thang.

Sorry for the offtopic. On topic: Eating spicy/greasy foods before you nap/sleep will cause reflux and make singing harder for a couple of hours. Drinking caffeine will dehydrate you. Drinking alcohol will intoxicate you and make you a better singer in your opinion only. So I'd avoid

- Caffeine

- Spicy/greasy foods on a gig night

- Homeopathy

- Alcohol

- Homeopathy

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Damn that's a welcome back. Thanks guys. Yeah I've been off the radar doing more production, mixing and composing for years but kind of hit a wall personally with it. Living in the studio has kind of beat me up, so I have been craving to get back to singing and I have. I started recording a new record of my own music and put a local cover band together, I am so pumped about the cover band. I miss singing and entertaining. So I have been thinking a lot about my buddy Robert Lunte and his community over here and decided to get involved and stay involved. I've been back singing pretty consistently for about 2 months and it's amazing, at 50 y/o I still have f/n pipes. The cover band is doing a lot of early MTV dance rock/new wave, disco and some hair metal: http://www.TheRebelYells.com Learning to sing and play the songs has been so much fun and surpassingly challenging. Some of the stuff is funky with straight behind the beat Bowie-esq vocals and syncopated guitar. The circle over the head, pat the belly kind of juggling act. Fun though. Anyway, I am here to learn from you guys and impart some wisdom if can. I still teach everyday, mostly skype these days. Life is good!

James

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Damn that's a welcome back. Thanks guys. Yeah I've been off the radar doing more production, mixing and composing for years but kind of hit a wall personally with it. Living in the studio has kind of beat me up, so I have been craving to get back to singing and I have. I started recording a new record of my own music and put a local cover band together, I am so pumped about the cover band. I miss singing and entertaining. So I have been thinking a lot about my buddy Robert Lunte and his community over here and decided to get involved and stay involved. I've been back singing pretty consistently for about 2 months and it's amazing, at 50 y/o I still have f/n pipes. The cover band is doing a lot of early MTV dance rock/new wave, disco and some hair metal: http://www.TheRebelYells.com Learning to sing and play the songs has been so much fun and surpassingly challenging. Some of the stuff is funky with straight behind the beat Bowie-esq vocals and syncopated guitar. The circle over the head, pat the belly kind of juggling act. Fun though. Anyway, I am here to learn from you guys and impart some wisdom if can. I still teach everyday, mostly skype these days. Life is good!

James

GREAT to see you back, James !!!

If my memory serves me correctly, you moved from L.A. to the East... One of the "Carolina's", perhaps ? I can't recall ? I must be getting old :rolleyes:

Sincere Regards,

Adolph

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GREAT to see you back, James !!!

If my memory serves me correctly, you moved from L.A. to the East... One of the "Carolina's", perhaps ? I can't recall ? I must be getting old :rolleyes:

Sincere Regards,

Adolph

Good memory, Raleigh, NC. Things are all good here, making noize and raising kids.

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Good memory, Raleigh, NC. Things are all good here, making noize and raising kids.

Perhaps my short term memory isn't as bad as I thought.... (?) (My long term memory is excellent !)

Let's see - If I recall correctly, you mentioned that you wanted a better environment to raise your family. I believe I read that on your website - The "Vocal Asylum".

I'd like to add that I'm wishing you the very best with your new band, and am looking forward to hearing your recordings !

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Often times, for lunch, I will walk over to the convenience store near me to get something to eat. But I like to dress up the description of it my own macabre way.

Pidgeon a L'Orange with consommé on the side.

Tacos al Gato (made with real cat meat, not that fake soy stuff.)

Aardvark Tar-Tar with hollandaise sauce.

Roadkill potluck.

Armadillo Bourgenoin with potatos au gratin.

Fried bat guano.

It all goes well with ketchup.

:lol:

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