Sing higher than ever before
Learning how to sing higher than ever before can seem like a very difficult task – with so much conflicting information out there, and ‘singing gurus’ trying to shill expensive courses to you, where do you start? Luckily for you, I’ve spent a lifetime developing the best singing techniques for high notes and a practical approach so that you can learn how to sing higher than ever before with very little effort!
Learning how to sing high notes starts with your foundation, so make sure you understand the basics of posture, diaphragmatic breathing and resonance first.
What is proper singing posture ? It’s not the most exciting singing technique out there, but a powerful voice ALWAYS starts with your posture:
- Head up
- Shoulders back and down
- Chin parallel with the floor
- Sternum ‘up’ so that your ribs are wide
The last step is absolutely the most important, a wide rib position is sometimes called appoggio breathing or appoggio singing technique. The best way to achieve this important element of proper singing posture is to raise your sternum without breathing in any air – you’ll likely feel as though your ribs have widened, and your stomach has pulled in. If this doesn’t happen, then another simply way to acheive appoggio singing technique is to breathe a touch of air into your ribs so that they widen, and then release this air WITHOUT letting your ribs contract.
What is the right way to breath while singing ? You’ve probably head the term “diaphragmatic breathing” or “Breathe from the diaphragm” before, and while the terms vary, the technique is solid. Diaphragmatic Breathing is the right way to control your breath while singing, and proper breathing technique of course starts with your posture, and leads into engagement of the diaphragm. To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a practical tutorial on diaphragmatic breathing so that you can learn the right way to control breath while singing:
How do you sing with resonance?
Singing with resonance actually requires development of quite a few different elements of your voice – breath control. vocal placement, vowel width and of course, your vocal onset. Singing with resonance is the difference between speaking, and singing – that unmistakable buzz that your favourite singer no doubt attains, is indeed resonance.
If you’ve set up your posture and diaphragmatic breathing correctly, then you’ll feel a much more powerful resonance when you sing – all you need to do from this point is to create the right onset and PLACE your frequencies. Now, vocal placement is one of those figurative singing techniques that is often overlooked, or dismissed by some contemporary singing approaches, but for the baritone at least, it is imperitive for allowing you to sing higher than ever before. It’s not possible to ‘place’ or ‘move’ your voice in a figurative sense, but it’s definitely possible to ‘encourage’ your voice to create a specific band of frequencies which will resonate the most efficiently, in essence, ‘placing’ your resonance in the singing resonators that occur throughout your vocal tract.
To help you learn how to sing higher than ever before, here’s a great video I’ve put together for you to learn how to sing with vocal placement:
How to sing higher than ever before
Learning how to sing higher than ever before requires two elements beyond the powerful foundation that we’ve been building together, namely VOWEL TUNING and REGISTER CONTROL. Learning to tune your vowels is the difference between simply resonating, and truly SINGING – your favourite singers are actually tuning their vowels, aka tuning their resonance, even if you really can’t tell. This is why a great singer like Aretha Franklin, or Chris Cornell have seemingly endless vocal range, and seem to hit high notes with ease and very little effort. A fantastic way to learn the concept of vowel tuning is to first learn vowel modification through your first beak and passaggio, which in general means:
- AH becomes OH then ER then OO
- EE becomes AY then EE then OO
Of course, this is obviously way too general to be efficient for every singer, as each voice is unique and requires very subtle tuning to resonate in the best way. If you need some help extending your range and tuning your vowels, you can book a session with me today and I’ll show you how to extend your range with ease!
Tuning your vowels is SUCH an important aspect to your voice – and gets overlooked in almost all contemporary singing courses available online, so make sure you seek out the best voice coach available and learn to tune your vowels in the right manner so you can learn how to sing higher than ever before!
How to release your registers
Register release is another overlooked aspect to singing high notes and building a healthy and powerful voice – without proper register control, you’ll either be stuck in ‘belt’ mode, or you’ll simply flip and crack as you try to sing higher. Most singers are taught how to release their registers by practicing a lip trill or lip bubble, but aren’t generally told ‘why’ they need to warm up using this sound – the purpose of a lip trill is to a) release your registers and b) moderate your air flow. Another great way to release is to use an “N” sound, with the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth and practice releasing through your middle section up into your high range without catching or breaking. If this means you need to sing ‘light’ through a tricky section, then that’s totally fine – connection and release are the most important thing at this point.
Sing higher without getting louder
If you want to learn how to sing higher than ever before, one of the most important keys is to sing higher without getting louder. Adding excess volume to your voice as you ascend actually LOCKS your chord coordination and creates uneccesary low frequencies that would usually be EQ’d out of your sound by vocal placement – ‘volume’ in itself has no place in proper singing technique, and is generally the source of MOST people’s issues while singing higher. You can try it yourself using the ‘release’ exercise we just discussed on an “N” sound – then shaping your vowel properly with proper soft palate control and trying to attain the same level of resonance, without any extra volume as the “N”. You’ll soon find that this bad habit of singing LOUDER as you sing higher will be broken, and you will be able to sing higher without getting louder, and sing higher than ever before!
The key to singing high notes with ease:
- Your foundation – posture, breathing and resonance
- Releasing your registers and register control
- Shape your vowels in the correct manner
- Tune your resonance
- Use reference songs as you warm up to guage your progress
If you’re ready to learn how to sing higher than ever before, you can book a session with me today and I’ll show you the above and SO much more.
As I always say, a powerful singing voice starts with your foundation, so make sure you check out my free foundations short courses first to set up your posture, develop diaphragmatic control and build resonance. From there you can develop your vowel sounds, register control and then tune your resonance way up into your high range with ease.
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