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by Brett Manning
Clearing My Throat?
Q: What's the proper way to clear my throat?
A: Some say that you should never clear your throat, but excess mucous inhibits free vocal cord
coordination. The trick is to find a way to clear your throat without irritating it. Do a gentle
"whispered cough" (without tone) and then swallow. Repeat. If this doesn't work, you need to deal
with the excess mucous production. Squeeze a 1/4 of a lemon in a tall glass of water and sip over
about 20 minutes. This should cut through a lot of the excess mucous. Furthermore, watch your
dairy intake... especially cheese. You should never eat it on the day of a performance!
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