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These tips are from the US site: http://affordablesingingvoicelessons.com. Some of the wording has been changed to make the concepts more relevant to Australian readers. 
Please use these as general reference material. You will need professional face to face singing lessons for best results.

A = Airflow. 
Never hold your breath while singing.  The airflow carries your vocal tone, so keep it flowing. Learn the proper way to breathe for singing, called  diaphragmatic breathing. Direct some of the air out through your nose. Singing Tips A

B = Breathing properly for singing requires the shoulders to stay relaxed, not rise with the breath intake.  A singer will gain power to their voice by strengthening the muscles in the rib cage, back and diaphragm.   Singing Tips B

C = Communicate the music's message.   During performance you should communicate the message of the song.   If you make a mistake don't "admit" it to your audience.  They probably did not even notice.  Singing Tips C

D = Diaphragmatic Support.   Develop the strength and coordination of the diaphragm and control the speed, the quantity and the consistency of the airflow. Singing Tips D

E = Elasticity of the Vocal Folds. The vocal tone is created as airflow bursts through the cleft of the vocal cords causing them to vibrate/oscillate.  The vocal folds can lose elasticity due to misuse, lack of use and/or increase of age.  Be sure to train your voice with vocal exercises on a regular basis to keep your voice in shape. Singing Tips E

F = Free your natural voice.  Don't be a slave to any music style -- even your favourite one.  Learn to sing with your full and natural voice by developing your vocal strength and coordination.  Then add stylistic nuances to achieve any singing style you desireSinging Tips F

G = Guessing Games.  Never guess the pitch you are about to sing.  Hear the note in your head before you open your mouth. Singing Tips G

H = Higher notes require an increase in airflow. Singing Tip H

I = Increase your breathing capacity and control by doing breathing exercises daily. Singers must negotiate phrase lengths of all different sizes, so it is important to be versatile.  Singing Tips I

J = Jumping Jacks.  If you are having trouble getting your body completely involved with singing, try doing some cardiovascular activities, like jumping jacks, for a few minutes before getting started again.  Sometimes your instrument simply needs an airflow wake-up call. Singing Tips J

K = Know your limits. Don't sing too high or too low.  Don't sing to the point of vocal fatigue.  Never strain or push your voice.  Doing so will not result in a higher or lower singing range, or a stronger voice, only a voice that has suffered undue stress. Singing Tips K

L = Lower notes require a decrease in airflow. Singing Tip L

M = Mirror.  Training in front of a mirror can help a singer discover many things about their instrument, as well as confirm that other actions are being done correctly.  Be sure to rely on a mirror during vocal training, but be able to leave the mirror to face an audience. Singing Tips M

N = Never sing if it hurts to swallow. Singing Tip N

O = Open your mouth wider. Nine times out of ten this will help you achieve a stronger, more defined vocal tone. Singing Tips O

P = Prepare your instrument before singing.  Singers are very much like athletes.  Take care of your body/instrument by stretching out the vocal muscles and relieving the body of unnecessary tension before singing. Singing Tips P

Q = Quit smoking. As a bonus, you will probably live longer :-) Singing Tips Q

R = Raise the Soft Palate.  Creating a larger space inside your mouth by raising the soft palate, or fleshy part of the back of our throat, helps achieve a deeper more well rounded singing tone. Singing Tips R

S = Sing through the vocal breaks.  If you do not teach the muscles the necessary actions to sing through the trouble spots, success will never be achieved.  Sing through it, sing through it again, and again.... Singing Tips S

T = Tone Placement.  Learning the facts about tone placement and resonance make a huge difference in the abilities of a singer.  In simple terms, a singer has numerous body cavities (nasal cavity, chest cavity, etc.) and amplifiers (bones, ligaments, etc.) that act as resonators.  Focusing the vocal tone through the proper resonating chamber with the proper support is important with regard to controlling and developing your personal sound.  Singing Tips T

U = Unique Voice Under Construction.  Remember that your voice has its own unique fingerprint and is constantly changing with our actions, environment, health habits, etc.  With this in mind, listen to your own voice often and use vocal training tools to keep your voice on the right track.
Singing Tips U
V = Vibrato. Vibrato is a natural or forced fluctuation of a pitch.  Do not concentrate on learning how to sing with vibrato.  Instead, concentrate on the basic foundations of singing, breathing and support.  When the proper coordination is achieved, vibrato will occur naturally.
Singing Tips V
W = Water.  Water.  Water.  Drink room temperature water as often as you can to keep your voice organ hydrated.  If you only have cold or hot water available, swish it around in your mouth for a moment.  This action will keep your voice organ from being startled or stressed by different temperatures.   Singing Tips W

Y = You Can Sing with Impact!  Exercise your voice daily with contemporary voice lesson products.  Don't Just Sing when You Can Sing with Impact! 
 Singing Tip Y

Z = Zzzzzzzz.  Be sure to get plenty of rest.  If you are tired, your voice will show it.  A tired body/instrument will not allow you to produce your best possible sound. Singing Tips Z


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