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How to Sing High Notes

By Edited Jun 20, 2014 1 0

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Many singers wonder how to sing high notes with accuracy and clarity. The easiest notes to sing are the ones within speaking voice range, but higher notes are far more difficult. 

If you would like to learn how to reach high notes while singing, check out these tips to learn more:

Understand Your Own Singing Capacity

You can find out how high you can sing by singing increasingly higher notes until it becomes quite uncomfortable to sing. The top note you can reach without stressing your vocal chords is the highest note on your natural range.

Use a tuned instrument such as a piano or guitar to help you figure out the notes in your range. Try playing a note, then sing the same note to match as close as possible. Continue until you reach the highest note of your range.

It will take some practice in order to reach notes that are higher than your natural vocal range. Our aim is to reach them while maintain controlling without overworking your voice. 

Spanning Your Vocal Break

While you get to the top of your range, you will realize that your voice changes in quality at some point. The lower notes are sung from your chest, which is pretty close to your normal speaking voice. This voice usually resounds deep in your throat or chest.

Notice your voice will transform to a lighter sound that vibrates in the back of your mouth or top of your throat. Some call this “nasal voice”, but this isn't exactly right. This higher, lighter voice is called “head voice”, because it resounds higher in your head.

The “vocal break” is the point where this change occurs.Novice singers find it hard to sing notes right above and below this break, but with dedicated rehearsals, you can learn to shift through this break and sing most songs effortlessly.

Enhancing Your Head Voice

There are two important steps you can take to enhance your head voice experience. First, you will need to learn to do “mixed voicing”, which is a blend of your chest and head voices.

With a significant amount of practice, you will learn how to switch between these voices without a problem. You will sing as fluent as famous singers do when they switch, doing it so flawlessly that it makes it impossible for others to tell when the singer actually switched from chest to head voice.

Practice singing the notes around your vocal break to improve your mixed voice. As you sing higher, practice transitioning to your head voice. Exercise this skill by noticing where each note resounds in your mouth and throat, and putting more emphasis on the “head” notes as you go along.

Again, with dedicate exercise routines, you will learn to sing the notes and transition from chest to head voice easier. It takes practice!

Breathing and Diaphragm

The second vital part of singing higher notes easily is to use your breathing and diaphragm to support the higher notes. Without this support, your head voice will sound very light and thin. Your voice will sound rich and strong if these techniques become an important aspect of your singing.

Practice conserving your voice as you sing a note, giving it time. This will give them a good amount of support breathing and help you maintain high notes.

To attain a more powerful sound, exercise flexing your diaphragm, which is a sheet of internal skeletal muscle that extends across the bottom of your rib cage. The diaphragm performs important functions in respiration. So make breathing a key tool in your singing experience!

Using these tips and techniques you will be able to sing like the professionals because this is exactly what they do!

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