My Secret To Singing Higher Notes Without Straining
If you want to learn to sing higher notes - how do you go about it? I mean, absolutely everyone wants to learn how to sing higher, right?
The REAL question is - how to improve my singing technique
I say this because your high range is a direct result of your vocal foundation - if your high range sucks, it's highly likely that you're getting a few of the fundamentals a little wrong through the middle of your range; but these mistakes only really manifest fully when you try to sing higher notes... and fail.
My own experience learning how to sing higher notes was pretty similar - I was obsessed with guys like Chris Cornell and Robert Plant, and just didn't understand why I was cursed with such a low baritone voice. I pushed and shouted, strained and strangled and really found little improvement even with 8+ years taking singing lessons. Absolutely every single one of my teachers at this time tried to help me sing higher notes, with tricks like;
- Sing "down" to the high note
- Visualise and project
- Clench from the belly
- Sing in head voice
- Cry sounds like Wah, Nyah and Nay
- Tilting the larynx
- And others
If you're seriously about improving your voice, then the honest truth is that these instructions all suck for helping you sing higher notes; because they don't get to the root cause of your issue - a lack of vocal foundation.
My Secret To Singing High Notes
The secret sauce to singing high notes in my own voice is a little bit of a combination of the following;
- Narrowing my vowels
- Balancing weight and tension in the TA and CT
- Forward placement and twang
- Managing airflow correctly
- Mixed tonality
- Height in the vocal tract
You'll notice that not one of these ingredients was one that I was taught in almost ten years of taking singing lessons. Sure, I was told to yawn before I sang, and told to hold my breath and sing with a bratty tone - but it wasn't obvious to me that a yawn is meant to raise your soft palate, holding the breath intends for you to create compression and a bratty tone is meant to create forward placement using a touch of twang. In all honesty, I'm not even sure my early voice teachers had any idea what each of those techniques and instructions was really meant to achieve other than "it worked for them when they were first learning".
Ask yourself honestly, of the 5 or so exercises you probably practice occasionally - how many of them do you truly understand how to perform correctly, or even know how and why they're meant to help you sing better? Did you know that a lip trill actually requires the same resonant space as a vowel sound? Did you know that twang is created by engagement of the aryepiglottic sphincter (AES) in the throat? Did you know the three main resonators of the voice are actually the oral, nasal and pharyngeal resonators - not literally your "chest" and "head"? Can you identify engagement of the TA muscles? Or how they differ in process and feeling to use of the CT muscles?
These are all important concepts if you want to sing higher notes without straining - and more importantly, are all key elements of your vocal foundation.
Are You Struggling To Sing High Notes?
If you've been struggling to sing high notes, you've probably tried many tricks and techniques out there like cry, glottal compression or modes like edge and curbing - but I'll take the educated guess that none of these concepts worked for you or helped you sing higher notes, right?
There's an important reason why.
Don't take this the wrong way, but your foundation sucks - I know mine absolutely sucked. Even with all those singing lessons under my belt, I didn't understand the basics; and while my lower range sounded pretty good naturally, these issues manifested in breaks, cracks and vocal strain EVERY time I tried to sing a higher note - sound familiar?
The key to singing higher notes without strain and tension is to have a solid grasp on the fundamentals while knowing in a practical sense exactly how and when to use each concept like twang, vowel shaping, resonant space, placement, support, onsets and each element of your foundation.
This is exactly why I created the Mixed Voice Singing Group where you can ask questions and ask for help with any aspect of your vocal foundation. There's no paywall, no marketing terms - and you'll see that I answer everything straight to the point (as only an Aussie would do...) without any hyperbole or marketing terms. I honestly don't care whether you buy Foundation 101, I only care that you improve your singing and you experience the same joy that I've experienced by actually being able to sing in a way I really NEVER thought was possible.
Why are you doing this?
I know, it's terrible business sense on my part - but when it comes to helping others sing better, it just works. I see no benefit in keeping secrets or forcing people to buy a course or lessons to get a simple answer. The reason this works so well for me personally is that I only work with dedicated singers who are SERIOUS about their voices, not just casual YouTube viewers who are looking for a bit of entertainment. This means I can truly get to know their voices and unique issues so that they can excel beyond their wildest dreams - they're not customers or consumers, we're a vocal team with the goal of building the best singing voice possible.
If you want to cut right to the chase and start building a great vocal foundation, I encourage you to check out this exclusive mixed voice singing lesson which will show you the exact method I use to help my own students create mixed resonance by connecting chest and head voice with a simple but effective process.
Instead of carrying on any further about the importance of vocal foundation and the fundamentals when it comes to great singing, here's just a few quick examples of what I'm achieving as a singer now that I've set up a rock solid vocal foundation - just imagine the incredible singing voice you'll have when you've mastered the fundamentals!
Are you ready to improve your singing voice while singing higher notes with ease? You can get started now with this complimentary vocal calculator which will give you an accurate estimation of your potential for improvement as a singer (most singers are SHOCKED at the results). It's just a few quick questions, but it's highly accurate in calculating how and where your voice needs some improvement. What have you got to lose?