You love to sing. You know you’ve got the talent. You can stop people in their tracks and mesmerize them with your voice. But you can’t seem to hit all those high notes, though, and that’s setting your confidence and progress back. If you feel like you’re forcing it, you could hurt your vocal cords forever. Here are tips and exercises to help you learn techniques that won’t damage your vocal cords.

Look for Classes

There’s so much you can learn from just one class with an expert. From recommendations on what vocal techniques and books to study to sound advice on how you can improve, signing up for a class can be a life-changing decision for you. It could be a step in the right direction.

Practice Makes Perfect

Make sure you make singing a part of your daily routine. Set aside time for your practice sessions. Even better, block out the same time every day. That helps you build routines and habits. If you want to master the art of singing, or at least hone your talent further, keep practicing.

Join a Band

Form one with your classmates, friends, fellow singers or music lovers and start singing or even playing together. Maybe you’ll be bad at first. But if you keep practicing as a team, you’ll help each other grow and improve. Give each other encouragement and support. Both make it easier for you to keep going.

Do Warm-Ups

Prepare your larynx and vocal cords by doing singing exercises. Explore a lot of warm-up options until you find the routines that work for you. It’s not the same for everyone, though, so while asking around is a good idea, remember that you and your friend might come to like different ways to warm-up.

Do Head Rolls

This helps you sing with gusto and sheer abandon. When you’re caught in the moment and you’re singing full of emotion, you might find yourself tilting your head back. Doing head rolls keeps your muscles flexible, so you can do this without worrying that you might hurt yourself in the process.

Try Breathing Exercises

Nearly all great singers know how to use their breathing and breath patterns to improve their range and voice. You’ll want to learn how to do that, too. Also, timing your breath right is a necessary skill for a singer.

Imitate Your Idols

There’s nothing wrong with singing the same songs that your favorite singers love. Belt out those classics. Memorize those lyrics. You won’t be able to do this right away, or even after a few weeks from attending your classes. That’s all right, though. If you keep at this long enough, you’ll see your skills improve. Just be patient and don’t try to rush through the entire process.

Don't Stress

Obsessing over your progress or pace won’t help, though. Don’t overthink it. Just keep singing. Some days will be good, and some days won’t be as awesome. But, still, wake up every day resolved to do the same: that you’ll keep singing and enjoying every moment. That’s a fantastic mental attitude to take.