How to increase vocal range in three easy steps!
How to increase vocal range can seem like a bit of a mystery – especially when you have a low voice type like me (Baritone). But with these three easy steps, you can increase your vocal range FAST and learn to be self sufficient with your vocal regimen without wasting your days slaving away at scales and boring “Wah – Wah – Wah” exercises.
Step #1 – Dissolve your vocal break
You have a vocal break – lets get that out in the open. There is a clean difference between your ‘normal’ or ‘chest’ voice and your high range, and NOTHING you do will make them connect. The secret? Your vowels. Try the first vowel position yourself by starting with an “AH” sound, like the word “Car” or “Arm” – then as you ascend towards your vocal break, change the sound slightly to an “OH” like “Lord” or “Paw”. Can you feel that pesky break disappearing as you change the vowel? This, my friend, is vowel placement – or what is commonly known as Vowel Modification in a classical sense. It doesn’t have to be a tricky or convoluted process either, with my proven steps based method to increasing range, you’ll be nailing the vowel positions EVERY time you sing in only a short time! Book a session with me now to fix your vocal break!
Step #2 – Master your mix
If you’ve nailed step one and patched up that vocal break, the next question you might have is “how do I make this transition STRONGER”? Well, the answer is MIDDLE VOICE, or “MIX” singing – where your vocal chords sit in the coordination between chest voice and head voice rather than being locked into either register. It’s a super simple process, but often overlooked in online singing courses and by well meaning vocal coaches with naturally higher voice types. As you get towards that first ‘break’ (or, where it USED to be!), you need to gently release the low frequencies from chest voice by thinning your chords, but not so much that you “Flip” into head – book in with me now to fix your mix!
#3 – Consent to your consonants!
Don’t slur through your consonants or ‘trip’ over them as you sing higher, you need a tailored approach to consonant sounds that considers your accent, your voice type – and most of all, the STYLE of singing that you want to achieve. A sharp attack works for rock, but if you’re spitting your consonants out like Johnny Rotten while trying to sing SOUL like Aretha Franklin, something is about to go wrong. Try it yourself with a common tricky consonant, the “W” – sing a word like “Well” into your middle or higher range. Can you feel how that “W” ‘catches’ or pulls your voice down when you try to start the word? Well, that’s because you’re using a ‘speech’ consonant instead of a properly enunciated “Sung” consonant. Try it again, but replace the “W” with a well placed “OO” sound this time – can you feel your consonant sound “release” but still enunciate in a clear way? Bingo – this is an open consonant sound.
Are you ready to start increasing your vocal range? Do you need help with your vowels, consonants or finding ‘mix’ voice? Book a session with me now and we’ll work through these techniques together.
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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.