Keep your voice healthy and pure by following these simple rules.
-inspired by Guy Babusek

First the don't's...
  1. Don't belt out songs.
  2. Don't clear your throat continually.
  3. Don't drink alcohol on or before the day of a performance.
  4. Don't "pull" the chest-voice (if you are hoarse after singing, see a teacher!).
  5. Don't cough excessively.
  6. Don't drink coffee directly before a performance.
  7. Don't smoke any substance.
  8. Don't talk a lot on the day of a performance.
  9. Don't try to talk or sing over a cold or laryngitis.
  10. Don't try to talk over loud noise, (like in bars, amusement parks, big parties, etc.).
  11. Don't try to sing if it hurts to swallow.
  12. Don't whisper loudly or sing in a "breathy" voice.
  13. Don't scream (unless your being attacked!)
  14. Don't use recreational drugs and/or mind-altering drugs.
  15. Dont try to change your natural speaking voice (make it lower or raspy).

And now the do's...

  1. Do avoid dairy products and orange juice the day of a performance.
  2. Do avoid places with toxic substances in the air (chemicals, tar, etc.).
  3. Do stay relaxed (avoid stress), especially in the days before a performance.
  4. Do eat a healthy diet (plenty of good protein, fresh fruits and vegetables).
  5. Do get plenty of rest especially two days before a performance.
  6. Do drink plenty of water.
  7. Do train with a qualified teacher regularly.
  8. Do speak at your own pitch (as in agreeing with someone by saying "mmm-hmm").
  9. Do vocalise daily.
  10. Do warm up properly before singing.
  11. Do see a qualified ENT if you have prolonged hoarseness.
  12. Do sing softly (mark) new songs when you are first learning them.
  13. Do support your singing voice properly.
  14. Do keep your larynx in a comfortable "Speech Level" at all times when singing.
  15. Do build your voice properly before trying to sing with a lot of power or volume.