The Three Day Rule: Performance Prep for Singers

performance prep for singers

Have you ever wondered what it takes to have the best vocal performance of your life? There are many factors to consider when you have a big gig coming up. You want to focus on what you eat, what you drink, and how much you sleep. In her article, “The Three Day Rule: Performance Prep for Singers,” Cari Cole lays out all things to consider in the days leading up to a vocal performance.


1. 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

No kidding. Water moisturizes the vocal folds and acts like a lubricant. It makes your voice flexible and resilient and you’ll hit higher notes with more ease and clarity.


Water is so important for all musicians. It keeps the vocal chords hydrated and allows you to sing a wider range of notes without straining your voice. Always remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!


15. Eight to ten hours of sleep every night.

For those of you who have trouble sleeping try herbal teas (chamomile rocks!) Another remedy that works with some people is to take 500 milligrams of calcium an hour before bed to get a more restful sleep — works wonders. Check out for her natural sleep aides for performers too!


This is huge for any performance. Getting the right amount of sleep will give you more energy, allowing you to be happier, more energetic, and have more fun with your performance. I can still hear my college professor the week before my levels or recital, “make sure you drink lots of water and get lots of sleep. Oh, and eat a banana.”


Cari Cole is a celebrity vocal coach, artist development expert, and new music business mentor. To learn all of her tips to a great vocal performance, you can visit the original article at

Cassidy is the Digital Marketing Manager at Making Music and has recently begun her career in the music industry. In May 2017, she graduated from the Crane School of Music with a double degree in Music Business and Music Theory. Upon graduating college, Cassidy did an internship with DANSR, Inc. in Illinois before moving to Southern California where she was the NAMM intern for six months. Her favorite instrument is the clarinet, but she also enjoys dabbling with guitar, piano, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.

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