This episode is for you if when you try to sing high notes you:
Hate how you sound
Sing out of tune
Want to control your voice much better
So, today I’m going to show you how to sing high notes the easy way, because there are really only 4 reasons why your high notes don’t sound the way that you want.
How To Sing High Notes : 4 Reasons Why They Don’t Sound The Way That You Want
1. Physical Range Limitations - this is really just a disclaimer. We DO have a physical range. A good example of this is, I am a woman...so I do not have the physical range of a man...I can only sing so low before it becomes a physical impossibility. The same thing is true when it comes to singing higher. Most women can be trained to sing up to an A5 - C6. Most men can easily train to sing up to a C5-E5. Any higher than that and physical limitations do come into play for most humans. :) This is NOT an excuse for you, but it is something to keep in mind.
2. Developing Vocal Musculature - If you never sing in your head voice and are relying completely on your chest voice, you are going to be extremely limited when it comes to singing higher.
The first thing that I recommend for most singers who come to me and want to sing higher is to train the head voice. Your head voice is the higher/more floaty part of your voice. Even if you don’t want to sing with this higher/more floaty sound...it’s still essential to train this muscle group.
Your head voice is dominated by your Cricothyroid, or CT muscles, and when combined with your chest voice -it can help you to sing a lot higher with more power and less strain. Your head voice and chest voice can come together in a bicep/tricep sort of relationship called the mix or mixing the voice. This is why it is essential to strengthen the head voice first.
Another reason why you need to train your head voice is because most of our speaking is done in the chest voice, so the head voice requires more training simply because we use it less in everyday life.
3. Not Enough Space
Your body is your instrument and is a resonator. In order for frequencies to resonate well, you need enough space and enough airflow.
Here’s what most singers do when trying to sing higher notes.
Try harder by going for it or pushing.
Let off the gas and close the resonant space.
Even though this is a totally normal human reaction - these are the absolute worst things that you can do when singing higher notes, because you aren’t giving the pitch enough space to resonate.
Here’s how you know that you are doing it wrong. (It’s powerful to be able to identify the problem!)
You hear an accent or push on the highest note of the phrase.
Your voice cracks, strains, or has a gravelly sound to it.
You feel tension in your throat.
Your voice hurts.
Here are some action steps that you can take to give your voice more space.
Open your mouth more (physically on the outside).
Open your mouth more (on the inside...what is the vowel shape?)
Make sure that your voice is connected to your entire body/
How is your breath?
Are your feet grounded?
4. Not Enough Airflow
When you sing higher, your vocal cords abduct and require more airflow in order to resonate.
Imagine a rubber band being stretched vertically downward - there is more resistance so it requires more airflow.
A smart mistake that singers make...you have the right idea when you try to add more air pressure or push - because you know that there is resistance. However, that’s not going to work. There is a BIG difference between air pressure and airflow.
So many voice teachers and vocal coaches talk about breathing with the diaphragm, but when you start singing or even as an intermediate singer, paying attention to and training your voice for consistent airflow is what is going to help your voice to be more consistent and in your control. It’s also going to allow you to sing your high notes the way that you want and sound great.
If you want to sing higher and sound great, I show you exactly how to do this the easy way, inside of my course,Sing Higher Elite.