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Singing and Asthma

Post by voclizr » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:11 pm

Sorry to post so many new topics here, but I have a lot of questions and issues and it's been kind of dead around here anyway.

I was recently diagnosed with asthma and my respiratory doctor put me on Symbicort. It's an inhaler. I'm to use it every day, 2 blasts, twice a day. Since it has a steroid in it, I have to rinse my mouth out with water or mouthwash after I use it to avoid getting thrush. I also use albuteral for a rescue inhaler, but I only need that when I have a bad attack (not very often). The Symbicort has made my voice breathy and thin and I'm worried that when my dream studio is finished in a few more weeks I won't be able to sing. I know one thing;It won't sound the same. It might be an improvement (meaning gwood might actually like it for a change ;)) but I won't know until I try it. I just know that I've been practicing lately and I don't like how it sounds or feels. Any suggestions? Has anybody else struggled with this issue?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Singing and Asthma

Post by Jim_Fogle » Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:53 pm

I'm on the same medications due to COPD. I've compensated by lowering the key signatures I sing in (for instance what I use to sing in D I sing in C) and striving to record good lines instead of verses. The lower key doesn't strain your vocal cords as bad. A vocal instructor can show you some breathing exercises that can help you control your air better while singing. Trying to record a line instead of a verse gives you a chance to relax and catch your breath between takes.
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Re: Singing and Asthma

Post by dickl » Sat Sep 05, 2015 2:57 am

I suffered from asthma as a kid and I remember being told by a doctor that anything that got me breathing deeply (like singing or, bizarrely, playing bagpipes) would help.

I didn't do either at the time and my asthma gradually disappeared in my 20s when I was doing a lot of sport.

Like Jim says, try a lower key and maybe record short passages instead of trying one take.

Best of luck.

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Re: Singing and Asthma

Post by Zoetrope » Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:43 am

dickl wrote:I suffered from asthma as a kid and I remember being told by a doctor that anything that got me breathing deeply (like singing or, bizarrely, playing bagpipes) would help.
You've solved a mystery for me. I always wondered why someone would play the bagpipes. Now I know. It's to cure their asthma. :lol:
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