Warning For *How To Sing*

== Warnings ==
*Being healthy will help you in all aspects of life and all aspects of singing. Do not smoke, do not drink excessively, do not gorge yourself, do not do any kind of tobacco or nicotine or any drugs, do not put things in your body that you do not want people to hear when you sing!
*Dairy impairs your vocal quality, so don't eat/drink milk, yogurt, cheese, et cetera within a few hours of rehearsing or performing. Also, while drinking water is good for your voice and your body in general, drinking it right before a performance will decrease your vocal quality as well, so drink a lot about 1-2 hours before and stop all food/liquid intake about 45 minutes before performing.
*When you are building the muscles used in singing, you will feel a little bit of movement and the muscles will ''slightly'' tense and release. You never want to feel tension in your throat. If your voice begins to hurt, stop singing for an hour, warm up, then try again but more relaxed. Not only does this damage your vocal chords, your voice will sound 'stressed' and not pleasant.
*If you are trying to sing a low note and produce a raspy sound, you are damaging your voice. Basically, your vocal cords are rubbing against each other. A node is like a callous on your vocal cords, and it won't go away without surgery or prolonged vocal rest (more than a year). Don't get one.
*Tension in your jaw, shoulders, neck muscles and all surrounding areas can hurt you. Make sure you are completely relaxed before you sing.
*A raised larynx is a leading problem for many aspiring singers. If you put your finger on your Adam's apple and yawn, you will feel it move up and back down. The lower position is where you need it to stay. Try to sing up a scale with your finger lightly touching your Adam's apple; if it rises more than 1/2" then you have some problems. A raised larynx will make it so your throat closes making high notes impossible, it will also make it hard to produce resonance, vibrato, etc. It's something you need to work with a qualified vocal coach to verify and correct. Try singing in front of a mirror to make sure you do not develop any physical problems.
*A small minority of people are tone deaf. Ask someone who is not tone deaf to play or sing a pitch for you and try to match it. If you can not tell if you are matching the pitch or if you are too low or too high, you may be tone deaf. This is not a fate worse than death. All you need to do is just to keep on practicing your muscles until they have been regulated to sing on pitch. Keep on practicing, you will get there!

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