How can i sing higher?
Learning how to master your high range properly takes YEARS of practice, right? No way! You can learn how to tune your vowels RIGHT NOW to access your higher range with ease.
Making sure that you support your voice properly (You can register for my free foundations short courses here), and being sure to keep your tongue in the right vowel shape like the video below, try ascending in range until you hit that dreaded ‘break’ area.
Now, instead of letting your voice break, or FORCING your voice higher with strain, try to ‘widen’ or ‘narrow’ your vowel sound as you move towards your break. Can you feel how it’s not much easier to slide past that tricky break with much less effort and strain? Bingo! That is a tuned vowel.
Now, try it with each of your vowel sounds from the first video above, you may need to ‘tune’ each sound differently – for example, my “AH” vowel widens through my first break, while “AYE/EH” vowel actually narrows through this break and my “EE” vowel stays neutral – these are all things I’ve trained into my voice with time and practice, sure, but now you know how – it’s super easy!
Learning how to sing high notes with straining is the mark of a truly great singer, and takes training, finesse and of course the right APPROACH to singing. If you want to learn how to sing higher than ever before, it’s important that you start with a strong foundation, because your voice is ONLY as strong as the ground it stands on! Follow these steps to build a STRONG foundation first:
How to sing with proper posture
Proper posture is the lynchpin of the powerful singing voice you want to build – setting up your posture is the very FIRST thing you should do every time you sing, and even after almost 20 years singing, I still start off with the same posture steps I was shown from day one:
- Head up
- Shoulders Back
- Chin level with the floor
- Ribs out
Learning to set up a wide rib position, often called Appoggio singing technique, is super easy to do – but it’s imperative for a strong voice. A great way to widen your ribs is to raise your sternum without breathing in – you should feel your ribs widen and your stomach contract. Congratulations, you’re now singing with appoggio singing technique, which allows YOU to be 100% in control of your breathing via extension of the diaphragm rather than contraction of your ribs.
How to sing with resonance
Learning how to sing with resonance is the next step in your STRONG foundation, and involves vocal placement. Placing your resonance is the simple concept of limiting excess frequencies that sit below your top teeth. I realise that it’s not physically possible to ‘move’ your voice in any way, but, it IS possible to encourage the creation of a specific band of frequencies, allowing for better use of your resonance and ease of range. Learning vocal placement is one of the most important keys to increasing your singing range.
Learn how to sing in mix voice
You can’t sing that high note in Chest Voice, but you don’t like how it sounds in Head Voice – so what can you do? The answer is MIX or MIDDLE voice, the mysterious and powerful ‘third’ register that actually lies in the dead centre of your two other main registers. Where chest voice can be thought of as ‘full length vocal chords’, and head voice can be thought of as ‘fully shortened vocal chords’, middle voice sits in between these two vocal chord coordinations and allows you to sing with the depth and POWER of chest voice, but with the ease and fluidity of head voice – it really is that simple to sing in mix voice! Here’s a super simple tutorial that will show you how to release your registers and access your middle voice:
When you’re ready to take your voice NEXT LEVEL and really power up your register transitions and tune your vowels properly into the high range, you can book a session with me here at Bohemian Vocal Studio!
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Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.