Tips on How to Sing Higher Notes

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Whether you are a singing pro or just a beginner, it is likely that at one point or another, a limited vocal range has put a damper on your confidence to sing certain songs. If you are unfamiliar with the term, "vocal range" refers to the range of notes you can reach with your singing voice. While some struggle with low notes, most people struggle with the high notes.

High notes can seem very elusive, and maybe you think they are reserved for those ultra divas we see everywhere. However, everyone is capable of bridging the gap to those high notes with some effort on their part.

The solution to hitting those powerful high notes there are some tips :


How to Sing High Notes-

Tip 1

When you move up into your first bridge correctly, you must understand that you will loose most of the sensation that you feel in your throat. This is a very important point.

It seems that you should feel sensation in your throat no matter what note you are singing right? After all, that’s where your sound comes from right? Well, this is not true.

This is the type of thinking that causes singers to “break” every time they go for a high note. They try and “hold onto that sensation” and this stops their vocal cords from making the correct adjustments.

What you need to do, is *allow* your voice to *let go* as you sing higher. When you do this correctly, it will actually feel like your voice has *lifted* into your head.

Tip 2

Try singing on the word “Gug”. Use a scale that takes you up past your “breaking point”.

The word “gug” seems to have a quality that allows the voice to “release” as you sing higher. It stops you from “grabbing” at your voice, and releases you into your higher vocal range.

Some other words that are worth trying are:

"Go"

"Now"

"Goo"

"No"

Try singing with all these words and see which one allows your voice to *let go* and move into your upper vocal register.

When you find one that works, stick with it! Use it as a tool to get to know your higher range. When you know how to sing high notes easily with a certain word, then try a new word.

 

More Range Increasing Exercises


The best exercises for learning how to sing high notes can be found. It's a vocal program that is based around exercises from the "Speech Level Singing" method.

Speech level singing is a vocal technique that teaches singers how to sing with a large vocal range, great tone quality, with the same effort as it takes to talk.


If you can learn how to sing high notes in your mixed voice, you will be able to get power, great tone, and clarity on your highest notes.

You may hear some famous singers hit, is the lesser-known "mixed voice" or "middle voice." This is the register in between chest and head voice. It is a balance or compromise between the two. Unfortunately, if you are like many other singers, you have spent your life hitting those high notes by pulling up chest voice. Not only is this very painful, but it can be very damaging to your vocals and lead to cysts and nodules on your vocal cords - this is very bad!

So to undo what you have been doing for so long, you need to start practicing going up and down scales without pulling chest. Just relax and let it happen.

It may feel very strange at first, but just be very light on the bottom notes and this will help lead you into mixed voice and then head. At first, your mixed voice will be very airy and sound almost like head, but don't worry! That's normal, especially if you have been pulling chest all your life.

As you continue to practice, you will slowly develop a strong mixed voice with all the power of chest voice and all the ease of head voice.

 

What Stops Most Singers from Finding Their “Mixed Voice”

The biggest thing that stops most singers from finding their upper vocal range is this: They use too much air when they go for their higher notes.

Think back to what I just said about shortening the vocal cords as you move into your upper vocal register.

Now think about this…

If you have are using less vocal cord to sing on high notes, what else do you need less of?

You’ve got it. You need less air.

You use less air to sing high notes.

This means that if you’re trying to blast your way into your upper register, you will probably never make it!

OK, so now you know what happens when you move up through your bridges. And you know that you need to use less air as you sing higher notes.

This is a good start. Now let’s further this with some tips that will help you find a connection in your upper range.