By this time most people think of singing in the shower is just a meme, or something you would see in the movies. The truth is that singing in the shower has some amazing benefits both in therm of health and your quality of singing. Most established singers have a fairly strict routine which starts in the morning, most of them start the day by either singing in the shower or humming, both have more or less the same benefits.
The benefits of singing in the shower are, getting rid of the morning voice, reduces stress, improves your immune system, boosts confidence, improves breathing, singing sounds better in the shower, helps with memory, improves your singing posture, clears your airways, improves your tune, improves volume control, boosts your mood, makes you practice, and helps to establish a routine.
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Now you might think that most singers sing while showering because the bathroom has the best aquatics in the entire home, which is true but there are a lot more benefits for singing in the shower. As a singer, it is extremely important how you start the day and how you maintain your vocal health. Your body is your musical instrument and everything you do will impact the quality of your voice.
The bad news is that you can not put down your instrument and pick it up just when you want it, you either maintain it always or you neglect it. Most singers who start the day off bad will have a bad singing experience throughout the entire day. The good news is that you do not need to do a lot of things to maintain your vocal instrument, something as simple as a morning shower with some singing can do magic.
Although singing in the shower has all kinds of benefits to you as a singer, but if you manage to take cold showers you will notice even more benefits. The problem is that most people can not handle cold showers the first thing in the morning, but I do highly recommend that you gradually start making colder showers.
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Gets rid of the morning voice
One of the most important benefits of singing in the shower is that it gets rid of your morning voice. Everybody has a morning voice and for some singers, it can get extremely bad, especially if they have an audition or a paid gig in the morning. You do not even have to sing in the shower, humming works just as well, so try it out and see what works for you. I won’t go much in-depth about morning voice as I have already written an in-depth article about it so check it out How to get rid of morning voice? ( Fast and Easy ).
Whenever I have a stressful day, I always take a quick shower and it relaxes me a lot, especially if I sing in the shower. Both singing and showering has been scientifically proved that it raises the production of endorphins which is a hormone directly connected to happiness. However if you both shower and sing at the same time you will increase the production of endorphins even more, and it also reduces the level of cortisol which is a stress hormone, so a win-win situation.
Improves your immune system
While you are showering you are actually boosting your immune system, this is especially true if you are taking cold showers. While you are singing in the shower your blood gets oxygenated which lowers your blood pressure and it also reduces stress. If you take a hot bath you have probably noticed that your veins are popping out, with a cold shower this won’t happen as cold showers lower blood pressure and hot baths or showers tend to increase it.
As a singer, you are going to need all the confidence you can get, especially if you are a beginner singer. While singing in the shower you get used to hearing your voice and due to the good acoustics in the bathroom, your voice will sound amazing thus boosting your confidence. Although there are some singers who notice that they have a good singing voice in the shower, but once they get on the stage they have a totally different voice, this is due to stress.
While you are showing and singing the levels of stress are extremely low, mostly because both singing and showing are reducing the levels of stress hormones in your body. While you are on stage your levels of stress are trough the roof, and the only way to get rid of this nervous feeling is with experience. If you lack confidence as a singer then check out my recent article Tips for shy singers ( How to get rid of it? ).
Most singers are held back by their ability to breathe correctly, this is especially problematic for beginner singers. Even if you do have a good voice, you still will be a mediocre singer if you can not breathe correctly while singing. While you sing in the shower you will work out your lungs, diaphragm, and the muscles operating them. Due to the high humidity and water vapors, you will have to inhale a lot more air, and this is what actually is improving your ability to breathe.
Singing sounds better in the shower
There are a lot of reasons why your singing actually sounds better in the shower. One of the reasons is that you are less stressed about your singing while you are in the shower, another big factor is the acoustics, there are not a lot of things in a bathroom which absorb and distort your singing. Most showers are placed in the corner of the bathroom, this is an excellent position for singing as well and you will notice that your voice sounds significantly better.
Helps with memory
One of the worst things which a singer can do at an auction is to not know the lyrics. Although in some cases you might end up instantly forgetting the lyrics of the song due to stress, but that is normal. While you are singing in the shower, you not only work out your body and your musical instrument but you also exercise your memory. The best part about it is that you will notice that the lyrics will simply come to you and you do not even have to focus on them, and this is mostly due to reduced stress.
Improves your singing posture
A lot of beginner singers tend to neglect the importance of their singing posture and how it impacts their singing. The good news is that while you are showering you are having a correct posture for singing. Even if you usually have a hunched back through the day, you will notice that while you are showering you will have a straight back. This is one of the reasons why some singers actually sound better while showering.
The sound which you produce vibrates thought your body, and the position of your spine is extremely important to sound good. In addition to this if you suffer from back pain you will notice that the pain will go away while you are showing, and this is because you have the correct posture while you are showering.
Cleans your airways
In the morning you will have your morning voice, this is mostly due to the accumulated mucus on your vocal cords. While you are singing in the shower you are helping your body not only to clean your airways but also to dislodge the excess mucus on your vocal cords, both play a vital role in how you sound. This is why it is so important as a singer to take a shower in the morning, just give it a try and you will see that it will do wonders for your voice. If you want extra help to clean you throat than check out my recent article Best throat lozenges for singers ( Top 18 ).
Improves your tune
Singing in the shower does actually improve your tone a lot, and this is mostly due to the acoustics of your bathroom. If you use a shower curtain or you have a door for your shower you will notice that you can hear your voice singing even better. Once you are comfortable listening to your singing voice, you will quickly notice if you are singing out of tune as the bathroom will channel all your sounds back to you.
Improves volume control
Far too often beginner singers confuse singing higher notes with high pitched singing, they mostly do this because they are not aware of how they actually sound like. Volume control is extremely important, especially if you want to sing emotionally. The shower is an excellent place to improve your volume control, as you will instantly notice if you are singing too loud or too quietly.
Boosts your mood
Singing will improve your mood, but singing in the shower will do it even better. This is because both showering and singing will reduce stress and will help your body relax. Once you are in a relaxed mood you will sound a lot better and you will find that it will make you also sound a lot more confident. If you are in a good mood to sing then you will sound a lot better then when you are not in the mood to sing, its not rocket science, just a simple fact.
Makes you practice
Getting better at singing takes a lot of time, and you can only get better if you practice. Not everybody has time to practice singing, and most people who have a 9-5 job find it extremely difficult to practice singing after work as they are already tired. If you have a 9-5 job then my personal recommendation is to practice singing when you are showering in the morning, sooner or later you will get better at singing.
Helps to establish a routine
It only takes around 21 days to make a daily routine and around 90 days to establish a new habit. If you are serious about singing then you should make a habit of practicing as often as possible. The easiest way to establish a routine is to do it every day. The first couple of days of you singing in the shower will be difficult as you are not used to it, but in a couple of weeks, it will feel like second nature.
As you can see there are a lot of benefits to singing in the shower, and most established singers use singing in the shower to either get better at singing or to prepare their voice for the day. My personal recommendation is to start singing while you are showering, give it 2-3 weeks and you should see a significant improvement in the quality of your voice. You can thank me later.