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1. Figure out what kind of singer you want to be. What kind of music do you like? Pop? Rock? Country? Keep in mind that you have to be able to sing and sound good while singing that genre.

2. Find practice songs. Choose a few songs that you enjoy and can sing good. Practice those ones often.

3. Relax your mouth - Singers can't be tense. Let your jaw drop and remain slack. Let your tongue fall forward in your mouth and rest, flat, against your front teeth. Don't move it too much when you are pronouncing words, and don't try to use your jaw to control pronunciation or volume. Stay loose and relaxed, with everything falling forward.

4. When singing, feel like you are always on the edge of a yawn - this will create the correct tone in your voice. It will feel weird, and probably sound weird at first, but that's how the professionals do it. Make yourself yawn, and then talk in a "sing-song" voice. This is how you will feel and sound (sort of) when you have the correct tone to your voice.

5. Posture is very important for singers. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart (some singers put one foot slightly in front of the other). Your shoulders should be relaxed and down. Your body should be loose - not tense, but not hunched over, either.

6. Breathing is also very important. Always take a deep breath from your stomach, NEVER your chest. A low breath will push your diaphragm down and help you control your air. The idea is to have enough air to sustain a phrase. You will learn how to control your air as you sing. Don't let too much of it out at once or your tone will sound breathy. Always practice taking a deep breath from low in your stomach, and learn to control from there. Take a deep breath, then try pretending you're blowing through a straw. This will help you develop breath control. If you're not sure where you're breathing from, lay down on the floor and place a folder or notebook on your stomach. It should rise as you breathe - your chest should not. When you're standing, your shoulders should remain down when you breathe.

7. To create vibrato, you must keep your jaw very relaxed and dropped, and allow the vibrato to develop naturally. If you clench your jaw or try to force vibrato, it won't happen. You will feel vibrations in your throat, around where your tonsils are when you begin to develop vibrato.

8. Practice a lot. You will begin to notice where each pitch lies in your voice, and how your throat and mouth feel when you hit that pitch. Use this to memorize where specific pitches are, which will improve your accuracy.

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There's some good, if not well-known information here. I have to say though, your description of yawning is biased. There is no such thing as the "correct tone", and encouraging people to persist with a sound they don't like so they can find this elusive "correct tone" is a highly irrational teaching method.

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