Whether you dream of having a professional career in music or are a purely recreational singer, you want your voice to sound as good as it can and to last your lifetime. The best way to preserve your voice is to keep yourself physically fit and in good overall health. To do this, maintain a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and moderate exercise. Avoid smoking, illegal drugs, and excessive use of alcohol.
The stereotype of the hard-partying rock star isn’t a reality in most cases. Most of the recording artists who have had the longest careers have taken good care of themselves and avoided the excesses that prematurely ended the careers of such talents as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Elvis Presley.
If you want to be a serious singer, whether professional or recreational, you’ll need some training on how to sing. It’s essential for aspiring professionals, just as nurses and accountants have to go to school for their chosen occupations. You can either find a local teacher and take lessons, or use an online singing course. such as Singing Is Easy by Yvonne DeBandi or Singorama by Emily Mander.
Whichever method you choose, you need to learn how your vocal apparatus works and how to use it, and also how to deal with (or avoid altogether) any voice problems. With the right teacher or program, learning how to sing can be fun and exciting.