To be able to prevent those unwanted clickity clack noises means the difference between a good read that exists and a good read that can be used for post-production. When you deliver a clean read, it will save you time in your auditions and on your jobs.
For that reason, aside from the infamous advice of taking a bite into a green apple to getting yourself the Izotope RX7 to help get rid of the mouth noises, I’ve been collecting a list of remedies.
In no particular order:
1. *Eat Raw Spinach
Similar to the green apples, it has the same PH range as saliva and the malic acid helps break down the phlegm
2. *Drink Warm Water with Lemon and Honey
Honey helps smooth and soothe your throat and creates a protective cushion. The acidity in the lemon helps get rid of any phlegm hanging around.
3. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
An ancient remedy that has a ton of health benefits and can also help with your vocal chords. Mix 1 -2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, the raw unpasteurized kind with water or fruit juice
4. *Drink Apple Juice
The apple pH helps with breaking down the access phlegm
Tip: When drinking any liquids during your recording session. Take a sip. Swish it around your mouth then swallow. Sometimes when there is too much intake of the liquid all at once, it causes even more wet mouth noises.
5. *Dry Mouth Spray
This is so handy to have. I have the Biotene and it works great. Other voice over artists have also recommended the Rite Aid brand.
6. Brush Your Teeth
Your nerves can get the best of you at times. So take a moment and reduce your stress by taking a few deep diaphragmatic breaths from your belly.
It will relax you.
Got time? Do some OM chanting before your auditions or sessions. This simple vocal exercise helps with loosening the muscles around your mouth while calming your mind. your voices.
7. *Brush Your Teeth
When your mouth feels refreshed, your voice will sound fresh. This is one of my favorite go to’s if I’m working from my home studio.
8. Take Slippery Elm or Marshmallow Root
These two herbal remedies are known to relieve sore throat and to treat dry mouth to keep the moisture in. Take it in the form of lozenges or tea.
*9. Pay Attention
Get into the habit of listening to yourself enunciate, how you form words and talk into a microphone. Yes, this will feel tedious at first but you’ll get used to it. For me, this is a work in progress. I know in the long run, it will save building this skill will save me a ton of work if I can get better at it.
*10. Get a Good Night Rest
We all need a certain amount of sleep to recharge our bodies, and this includes our voice! When you are sleep deprived, people can easily tell. Your voice will sound hoarse and dull. You’ll lack the energy to breathe properly to help you use your voice.
To make it worse, when you are tired you may reach for a cup of coffee or two to wake you up. The problem. Too much caffeine can dehydrate your vocal cords. It’s true. And when this happens It may cause more vocal strain. To avoid this, restrain from drinking too much coffee and get enough sleep.
Over to you. If you’ve to got a tip to share how to get rid of icky mouth noises, share below!
*Tips with astericks are things I have tried and worked.
Photo by: Priscilla Du Preez