Why can’t i sing high notes anymore?

Why Can't I Sing High Notes Anymore?

So you've lost your high range - let me start by saying I totally understand how frustrating it is to step up to the mic and and have no high notes, because this actually happened to me personally many years ago during an important recording session - in fact, I had torched my voice so badly from show after show that I really struggled to sing anything, let alone the higher notes.

I'll share a "before and after" with you in a moment that shows you the exact problems I was struggling with - the massive improvements my singing has made on every front, and simply put: the #1 thing that helped me rediscover and even increase my high range.

Before we get started and I share with you the absolute Secret Singing Sauce that allowed me to rebuild my range and return with more range, more power and more control than I had even had previously - let me tell you exactly what happened to my voice to cause me to lose my high notes.

What Happened To My High Notes?

There's quite a few reasons you might find your high range has diminished, and providing you haven't done any physical damage to your voice along the way - it's likely that your voice has simply changed over time, but your approach has not adjusted to these changes in any way.

I realise now that the issues I experienced many years ago are in line with the natural maturation of my voice - what simply "worked" when I was younger had really stopped working for me. This was totally a reflection on my poor technique as a singer at the time rather than any true issue with my voice - in particular, the 'recovery time' that was only a few seconds or moments after pushing a high note had actually become days, weeks and honestly MONTHS for my voice to return to normal again without breaking and flipping.

It was simply "make or break" time for my voice - either I had to step up and become the professional singer with professional vocal technique that I had always dreamed of, or my ability to sing was simply going to decline with time as a total hack with awful technique and poor vocal health.

Looking back at the "before" video I'm about to share with you, it's now obvious what my issues were;

  • lack of support
  • pronounced vowels
  • lack of resonant space
  • glottal onsets
  • subglottal pressure
  • syllabic delivery
  • pushing and straining
  • yelling and shouting
  • lack of head resonance
  • lack of forward placement
  • no mixed resonance
  • generally poor technique

With even just one of these issues, you'd be in for a world of pain with your voice performing show after show - but with so many issues, my voice was obviously doomed from the start.

You'll see in the "after" videos I'm about to share with you that my voice is supported, forward, balanced, powerful but free, extensive in range, pleasant and controlled in tone, a defined mixed tone, pharyngeal vowels just to name a few of the improvements my voice has made simply by following the simple steps I'm about to share with you in the video below.

If you want to check out my "Before and After" examples, simply watch the video below.

If you want to learn the #1 most important thing you will EVER learn as a singer, and the #1 technique that not only gave me back the high range that had disappeared due to poor technique, but also allowed me to extend my range even further than I had ever been able to sung before - just watch the video all the way through.

Having BIG DREAMS as a singer means you need a BIG VOICE to match - watch the video above to hear my "before and after" and learn how you're going to build a big voice too!

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7 Comments

  1. The chords do not zip in head voice. They get longer and tighter? How can they can zip or shorten when the lenghten and tense? Thanks.

    • Actually, they do. Once you travel through the mixed portion in the centre where you balance the TA and CT, the folds BOTH tighten and lengthen, but also partially close off so that only a portion of the length of the folds is used for vibration. Try a classical sounding “hoot” sound with an OO vowel, like a gentle “hoo” in your highest register – the folds aren’t long and tight, they’re actually short and tight at this point, or at least, the portion that vibrates is short.

      All the best,

      K

  2. I had severe laryngitis eight months ago. It was not caused by singing, but coming down with a bad cold and having to talk all day at work did me in. My voice was completely gone for a week, and I got sick two more times before I could recover – although I never did fully recover. My voice gets tired now much faster from talking, and if I try singing, I pay for it. My voice will be horse for days afterward if I trying singing one whole easy song, or if I try testing my voice to see if I can belt again. I was a professional singer, and I could sing things like Journey and Celine easily. Now I can sing in my high register in my head voice ok, and my mid range has come back, but when I try belting out any high notes, my voice just breaks. It just won’t do it. I want to see a vocal coach, but first I want to make sure that nodes aren’t my problem. I’ve had a problem with health insurance, and haven’t been able to get the testing done. Any advice for me? Been singing my whole life 🙁

    • Hey Danielle! I’m not an ENT, so I can’t advise regarding the nodes – I suspect it will be more of a technique thing, where your voice is trying to protect itself. The red flag to me is that you’re having trouble belting, which to me would suggest your approach wasn’t all that healthy to begin with, and after the laryngitis, this old technique of clamp-and-push just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Try to focus more on building a fluid and healthy connection between all of your registers instead of trying to belt. A belt really comes from a drag in the mid section, so it’s likely you’re actually pushing from chest instead of using a balance between weight and tension in the right way. You’re welcome to shoot through a short clip and I’ll let you know what’s going on.

  3. very interesting when I was twenty I could sing really high backing vocals to anything and even push dream on. not any more out of the game to long but I want it back it’s enough to make me consider your proposal. I used to sing in a band with a chick singer and do all the high back up. i’m 65 now and play bass , piano, and lead guitar. so hmm. how mutch and do you think it would work

  4. Hey man for your health pls take the flu vaccine shot so you won’t catch cold but have to take it each year so you won’t pay in form of your voice sorry for my english

    • Approaching 40, with 10 years+ of being vegan and keeping a healthy, active lifestyle; my health really has never been better before. I haven’t been to the doctor in almost 15 years – I prefer not to poison myself. Turmeric in particular is incredible for your immune system (you know, that thing nature gave us). You’re aware that “a cold” is different to “the flu” and the flu vaccine doesn’t stop you from catching colds, right?

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