How to sing high notes without straining your throat
Reaching high notes without straining your throat takes finesse, training and the right vocal technique. If you’re pulling up your chest voice, or belting just so can hit a high note – then you’re at risk of vocal damage.
Stop singing in chest voice
This is the biggest obstacle, especially for Male singers, to surpass if you want to hit your high range with power and ease – you need to build a ‘mix’ or ‘middle’ register so you can transition easily between your ‘chest’ and ‘head’ range. In reality, it’s all one connected voice, but if you’re just starting out I totally understand the feeling that there is a disconnected “head” up the top, and a heavy “chest” down the bottom that just won’t connect no matter WHAT you do. The first step?
Build your mix
Strengthening your mix register/middle voice takes time, but is paramount if you want to sing high notes without straining your throat. I’ve put together a video showing you how to avoid strain in your voice while building a middle “bridge” between your registers, check it out below:
If you want to sing high notes without straining your throat, then MIDDLE VOICE should be your first priority.
Next you need to build your support and foundation – your voice doesn’t work like a whistle or flute where the air is ‘blown’ across a reed, your voice actually works more like a guitar in that vibration of your chords (like guitar strings) causes a tonal resonance in the resonance chambers in your head (like a sound-hole in an acoustic guitar).
As you ascend in range, you actually need to hold BACK your air to create more pressure, but lower the actual ‘flow’ of air. It’s a simple technique, but super important for power in your high range and releasing strain as you ascend.
Positioning of the vowel is a concept I’ve developed personally here at BVS out of frustration at archaic and confusing classical terminology and techniques that are often misunderstood and utilised in an improper manner – in this case, Vowel Modification. Keeping it simple, Vowel Modification is the concept that as you ascend in range, you need to change the ‘character’ of your vowel to make the best use of higher and higher resonance chambers as your voice starts to ‘ping’ at a different frequency/higher tone. In classical technique, you follow the voice character of “OH”, then “UH” and finally “OO” as you ascend higher – you can see how this causes confusion when you’re trying to sing words and actual songs with different vowel sounds like “A” and “OO” and “EE” – especially in Rock songs like I do! The way that I personally sing and teach my students how to ascend without strain and REALLY power up their resonance chambers is to associate positions along the vocal tract with the required resonators – it’s super simple to do and it works in a practical sense every time you sing, even in difficult and ‘wordy’ vocal lines.
Are you ready to learn how to sing high notes without straining your throat? You can book a session with me now and I’ll show you these super simple techniques that will improve your voice almost immediately – I’ve also got a number of free foundation courses available that you’re welcome to join!
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