TIP: The Importance of Humidifiers

Welcome to the very first tip episode!

This episode is all about a very important tip…


I know that might sound kinda strange but bear with me ok?

And the musical clip features Ian Thornley, a fantastic vocalist, nailing some high notes in Nashville live with his band Big Wreck!

Hi! I’m Mitch Seekins The Vocal Coach….want to see what some of my students are doing?


One of the most difficult things for a singer to do is to stay healthy… particularly while on the road!


Now, when you are at home, you build up you immune system, but once you go on the road,  the germs that are in Toronto are not the same germs  that are in Nashville, which are not the same germs that are in LA …and if it is a great big city, say for example New York, the germs from one side of the city to the other change


And then you come in contact with so many other people through meet and greets, interviews, rehearsals, performances… coupled with the fact that touring is absolutely exhausting … it doesn’t take long for the immune system to get overwhelmed….

and when you are a vocalist sickness always seems to hit the throat first!



What you have to know is The 1st line of defense for the body is the mucus membranes in the nose, sinuses and the throat.


Germs and viruses get caught in these membranes then get expelled when you sneeze, cough or swallow.

During the spring, summer and early fall things are usually ok, but come late fall or winter…

Its not only cold…but its also bone dry!

And when the heating systems kick on. they blow out pure dry air… and that includes Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Man, its really cold out here!


During the day we don’t have to worry so much because you’re eating, salivating, drinking water…the problem is at night when you are doing none of those things.


And when the membranes dry out, they can crack, and then germs and viruses have a direct line into the body….and this is why everyone gets sick this time of the year.

For example, the flu season!


The body produces mucus to protect the area which in turn can dry out….then more mucus…thats why you can wake up in the morning and be all pasty …it’s a vicious cycle.


The best way to combat this is to have a cool mist humidifier in your bedroom… but only at night! You want to let your room dry out during the day.


If you do this the body wont over produce excess mucus and the membranes wont dry out. You have a much better chance of NOT getting sick! It’s not a guarantee of course, but it sure ups the odds!


This is also necessary for vocal recovery which I will be covering in another episode.


All my students have and travel with cool mist humidifiers and I do remind them when it’s time to get them going.

Now if you live or tour in a hot climate all of this still applies… but for air conditioning!

And of course, washing your hands all the time helps as well.

So there here you go…hopefully you found this helpful.


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Thanks for watching…and I hope to see you next time!

Who is Mitch Seekins



Hi! I’m Mitch Seekins The Vocal Coach….want to see what some of my students are doing?

Welcome to the channel!

I guess you’d like to know what the channel is all about. I’ll be sharing my tips and strategies that I use with my Rockstar students as well as doing interviews with some of the high level people I work with so they can share with you what they know and experience firsthand.

Who am I?

I am a vocal technique specialist that teaches people how to get the most out of their voices in terms of tone, power, range, versatility, and stamina.

Like most of you, I have loved music ever since I can remember – One of my earliest memories is standing on a chair to turn up the radio to listen to the Beatles (I think)

Since age of 5, I thought about becoming a vocalist – It’s all I ever dreamed about growing up …which was very difficult where I was raised and didn’t know how I was going to make that happen….

I didn’t have the opportunity to pursue my interest until I left home at 17 and have since dedicated my entire life to it

Got into a band and started touring…I ended up Touring internationally for 37 yrs

Studied intensively for 13yrs and found a love for technique (which I fostered as a high level athlete, all throughout high school) … So, I really enjoyed the challenge of seeing what I could do vocally

I have sung almost every genre of western music – Rock. Pop, R&B, Blues, Musical Theatre, Opera, Jazz and thrived on figuring out how to use technique to get the most out of what I had vocally regardless of the genre I was performing at the time

Began teaching in 1990 (30 yrs… Yikes!)

Found I was really good at “translating” classical ideas and technique so everyone could understand it and apply it to whatever genre they were performing

After a few years Started making a name for myself as a vocal teacher that seemed to be able to help damaged voices

Record companies and management companies began to refer people that they wanted “fixed”

The first person to teach voice online…. In the midst of building up my reputation as a vocal teacher, I knew that using technology was going to be the future and wanted to teach while both my students and I were on the road…. I just needed time to the tec to catch up …

As soon as it had, I started…so now I am highly “tuned” to it

The music industry has changed so much over the last 10 yrs. that for artists, putting out records/CD’s or singles is simply no longer enough. They must tour.

The majority of my students are recording artists that tour globally. What I teach them enables them to perform night after night – with proper scheduling of course!

So there you are! That’s who I am and what I do!

Please subscribe or check back periodically as I will adding new content as soon as I have it. If you have a suggestion as to what you might like me to cover for an episode let me know and I’ll take it under consideration. If you have a burning question to ask, I will answer 2 posted questions a week…so post away!

I’ll see you next time!