Three tips from NYU Voice Center on how to sing like an angel

Singer Rihanna keeps her voice in great shape

I love music, and though it's clear that I have very little singing talent myself, I'm amazed by those who can really belt it out. Some of my favorite new artists are vocal powerhouses like Adele and Rihanna, but how can singers of their caliber preserve their voices?

I went online to the NYU Voice Center to find out a few ways that singers can keep their voices in great shape.

♦Avoid alcohol, smoke and caffeine. Think of how much different a rock star from the 60s sounds when they're on tour now than they did in their heyday. Now you know the validity of this claim. These toxins put extra strain on the voice and throat, causing it to wear out more quickly.

♦Be careful not to strain your speaking voice. Because we use our vocal chords both when we speak and when we sing, we have to be careful not to damage them in everyday conversation. Avoiding strain in your speaking voice is easy if you know how. Remember to always face the person you are speaking to (it keeps you from straining your voice while yelling). Another tip: try to get another's attention by using a non-verbal cue, such as tapping them on the shoulder.

♦Stay hydrated and use a humidifier. It is important to stay hydrated with non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day (water is the best). Another way to keep the throat from drying out is to use a humidifier when sleeping. Because we spend a lot of our time indoors, the air-conditioned air that we are breathing can dry out our throats. According to the NYU Voice Center, "A humidifier in the bedroom is helpful in humidifying the air, particularly in winter and summer months."

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