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Your voice is an instrument. Treat it with care and it will always perform well for you.

It's a good idea to warm up before singing. It's just like stretching before you play a sport.

You might want to start with a few scales. Sing the “Do, Re, Mi” octave scales several times in a range that fits your voice, progressing up a half step with your first note (Do) each repetition, and then going back down. This increases flexibility, or makes it easier to hit a variety of notes from the very high, to the very low. It’s also a good way of expanding the range of your voice by going a little higher and/or lower each time you sing. Keep in mind, however, that you should try not to force your voice to do things that are uncomfortable, like singing a lot of music that's too high or too low for your range.

Make sure you're breathing correctly. If your shoulders go up and down when you take a deep breath, you’re not getting very much air at all. When you breathe, your stomach should always come in and out. It doesn't always look the best, but it sounds so much better. This is because, when you breathe correctly, you use your diaphragm, which is located just below your ribcage. Lifting your shoulders may seem like a good way to get more air, but you actually get less air than you would if you were breathing normally.

Drink a lot of water to help keep your voice healthy. Its not a good idea to drink really cold water while you're singing because it reverses any warm-ups you might have done before drinking that cold water. Room temperature is best.

So follow these tips to maintaining your wonderful instrument – your voice! With time you’ll find that these steps become a matter of routine and that you’re singing in your best possible form!