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Prevent vocal cord damage and protect your singing voice by drinking the right liquids

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How to become a good singer and how long will it take?

Hi, I'm a 13 year old boy, I sing mostly One Direction songs and I sing a lot, how can I get better at singing and how long will this take?

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First off, great choice of artist. One Direction plays a specific genre that is tailor-fit to your age. At 13, you definitely have a long way to go as you tap and explore on new experiences and techniques in singing. Becoming a good singer is a process and you do not get there overnight. Instead, you get better one day at a time. One can become a singer at any age but staring young definitely gives you an edge with time and opportunities. One important thing to note is that there is no specific time frame for becoming a good singer as even the top music icons of the world never stop learning and taking on more opportunities to better at their craft. Becoming a great singer in fact starts with a good attitude. When you start thinking that you have learned enough and you have achieved perfection in singing, then your growth as a singer stops right there. To be a great singer you must start hungry. The bigger your star is, the hungrier you become. The hunger for learning and betterment is a lifetime process - the biggest and brightest stars in the music industry know this by heart. You can get better and improve your singing by practicing these tips:

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  • Eat a balanced diet. To be a great singer, you must take care of your instrument - your voice. Your vocal aptitude depends on your overall health. You must maintain a well-balanced diet that should consist of whole grains, vegetables, and variety of fruits. Get hydrated by drinking lots of water or fresh fruit juices on a regular basis. Steer clear of artificially sweetened drinks. Reduce dairy or sweets in your diet especially before any vocal performance. Veer away from too cold or hot drinks which could shock your vocal cords and cause pain or inflammation in the process. Drink warm herbal mint teas that can soothe your vocal cords and enable you to relax at anytime of the day.
  • Be on the move. Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Keep your schedule open for fitness and workout activities. You can go to a gym or do routine exercises on your free time at home. Be involved in sports. Do this as a bonding and recreational activity with family, friends, or colleagues. Do contact sports or swimming which helps fine-tune your respiratory system which is needed for singing.
  • Avoid smoking and other vices. If you want to be a really great singer then get rid of your smoking habits - for good. This also goes to the use of any illegal substances. The best way to do this is by way of substitution. You can do alternative activities instead of hanging out with peers or places that entice you to smoke or do drugs. At 13, vices will not get you geared up for success, it can in fact pull you all the way down the staircase.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep or more. The younger you are, the longer sleeping hours necessary. Sleeping helps with neurogenesis and cellular repair or varied organ systems which also ensure that you vocal cords, lungs, heart, and diaphragm are at its top condition in every performance. This also helps you de-clutter and eliminate stress in your day-to-day grind. Having enough hours of sleep helps you become mentally alert, sociable, as well as remain positive and head-strong in your goals as a budding singer.
  • Get formal voice lessons. Most famous singers maintain voice lessons all throughout their career. Starting your career with the right foundation in vocal techniques will give your dream a boost. Go for a credible and experienced vocal coach in your locality. A professional voice coach can direct and train your vocal strings by laying out the basics and harnessing your own distinct sound. You have to learn how to find and develop your own sound and not just copy other singers. Your vocal coach will also help you with the proper posture or stance in singing, vocalization techniques, basics in musicality, and can even help you pick a musical instrument to pair up with your singing ability. It is not required but recommended to learn a musical instrument besides singing. The top choices would be the piano, guitar, or drums. This also gives you an edge amongst your contemporaries.
  • Practice makes perfect. Now, the main goal of practicing is to become better as a singer - one day at a time. Baby steps are crucial to make sure you are doing it right. Nothing is ever perfected in haste. Developing your vocal power and style takes time and you need to be patient and disciplined to go through a routine practice and do vocal warm-ups or exercises everyday.
  • Get exposure. As cliche as this may sound - experience remains to be the best teacher. Go out an get exposure for your singing talent. Join competitions or singing programs in your community, at school, or on television. Join singing clubs or organizations too. The more experience you get from all these opportunities, the better singer you tend to become in the long haul. Your experiences in these programs or contests will help you deal with criticisms, challenges, and develop your own singing style wherein you emerge as a better and stronger singer more than ever.
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Unfortunately, there are times that you must consider a very important thing. That is the blood line. If you have a family of singers, then you won't have a hard time to enhanced your voice cause you will have a voice naturally through your blood line.

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But, you can still try to go to a singing lessons, in which will help you enhanced your voice to it's peak performance. And depending on the development of your singing lessons is the length of your journey of becoming a good singer.

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The best advice I can give to you is to continue and develop as you go along. Also try singing different types of songs in order to broaden your voice to other genres to train your voice.

Steam burned the back of throat and now I can't sing right? Help?

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This can be a real problem because you have burned your throat or tonsils to the point where you will not be able to sing perfectly as you did before, it is recommended that you drink cool liquids to help lower the swelling as well as cure the burns you have caused to your throat. Visit a doctor as well to seek help in forms of medicine to help the repair process.

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I would imagine the best thing right now is to take time and let it heal. Go and buy some over the counter throat lozenges, maybe even look into a throat numbing spray. You really need to try to drink plenty of fluids and use cough droops to keep it hydrated. These tips are going to be your best bet to let it heal fast.

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How long you should wait before talking after straining your throat?

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You just strain your throat by shouting, talking very loud, smoking or exposure to smoke like cigarette smoke. To heal your throat just drink a lot of warm water, take some herbal tea, exercise daily, get enough sleep, take a rest, and just don't shout or talk very loud while you are resting and by doing this you can recover your voice for 3 days to 1 week. You can also know or notice if you can talk with your normal voice or if it is OK by not talking loud, so try to test if your voice is OK by talking a little.

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How to be consistent tenor range in a choir or group?

What ever , I love singer but sometimes I can't sing

You can maintain and get optimally better at your vocal range with regular practice and good vocal hygiene. You should be able to work around a regular practice or training schedule. Vocalize to be able to stretch your vocal cords for at least 15 minutes and then practices for 30 minutes to an hour. Do not overwork or strain your voice. Just stick to a schedule and take care of your voice to be able to maintain your vocal quality and range. You can attain consistency in your tenor range by working on gaining flexibility in your notes but focusing more on your own range. Albeit, with anything in life - practice really makes perfect.

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