Why can’t i sing high notes anymore?

The Surprising Reason That You Can't Sing High Notes Anymore [And How To Fix It]

So you've lost your high range.

It totally sucks, right?

It happened to me many years ago and I seriously thought my life as a singer was over.

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.

Worse still, it happened right before an important recording session with my band in the late 2000's - there was a label interested in releasing an EP with the view to move towards a full length album within the year.

My dreams were coming true...

... Until I stepped up to the mic in the studio and I basically couldn't sing my own songs.

You can imagine the horror in the eyes of my bandmates when everything else had been laid down and the lead singer, the frontman, the head honcho of the band that wrote and sang everything couldn't sing.

It was seriously embarrassing, heartbreaking and disappointing all in the same moment - and I really removed myself from making music and being in bands for some time after this because I thought I just didn't have what it takes to be a singer.

The frustrating thing was that I knew I'd been able to sing those songs previously, maybe not perfectly, but the notes were kinda there - and now they weren't.

What happened to my high range - and what has happened to yours?

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.

This is THE thing that has allowed me to return in full force with even more range, power and freedom than I ever had "back in the good old days" - oh yeah, I'm also pushing 40 if that puts it in perspective for you that this is a real thing that anyone can do at any age.

Now, we all know that "the proof is in the pudding", so if you're just looking to hear all this crazy range, both low and high that I've built, you can scroll a little further down the page and you'll see few covers and some originals that display the full gamut of range that I'm going to help YOU build too!

I've gone from a permanently hoarse voice, failed recording sessions, thousands of dollars wasted in lessons, thousands more dollars wasted in the recording studio and ultimately being unable to perform at my best, embarrassing gigs and my band mates shooting secret glances at each other every time I missed a note - to a highly successful vocal studio which is regularly featured in Top 10 lists with world renowned vocal methods and teachers like Christina Aguilera Master Class and Roger Love, praise from other highly successful voice teachers that Bohemian Vocal Studio is "the only vocal studio to trust 100%", power, distortion, sustain and stamina for days and a healthy voice most importantly; but don't just take my word for it, the following amazing feedback and comments about my singing voice now that I've learned the REAL and RIGHT way to sing correctly is just a drop in the ocean when it comes to all the comments I now get about my voice and singing ability;

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 in the early days - let me tell you exactly what happened to my voice to cause me to lose my high notes.

Well there's really two things.

#1 - as I got older, my "recovery time" became longer and longer. From seconds, to minutes, to hours, to days, weeks and even months. Seriously, the older you get, the less leeway you have to screw things up.

#2 - I wasn't singing correctly to begin with.

^ the second one is really the kicker here, and it's a serious question you need to ask yourself right if you've lost your high range.

What was your approach to the high range?

Did you just step up the mic and let it blast?

Did you push?

Do you have no idea HOW you used to hit those high notes?

Do you know what vowels you were using and how you shaped them?

And this last one is really the key to all great singing - learning to sing your vowels correctly.

So without delaying anymore, let me share with you exactly HOW to sing your vowels correctly by unveiling the #1 most important thing you will EVER learn as a singer:

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11 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.

      • I also notice I get fatigued vocally very easy after I had a vocal polyp. I did reduce it with vocal therapy but I think the na na na and bratty kid exercises to encourage belting make me feel worse. Do you have any suggestions? Do you teach private lessons or do I buy dvd or mp’s? Thanks

        • Hey Melanie! Well, first up – why are you trying to train a belt when you’re experiencing vocal fatigue? The key is really to get that balance of TA and CT muscles working together to fully connect and blend chest and head voice – sound like you might be using too much force and expecting every note to be belted rather than ‘singing’ each note in a powerful, resonant way. Yes, absolutely – I teach privately over Skype. You can book a session with me in the menu at the top of the page.

          K

  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?

  5. I am now 22. I have a problem of singing high note with vowels E I O etc. bt I am comfortable in A vowels in high notes . So what I have to do sir.

    • Hi Sandip – the vocal plan at the bottom of this article will help you develop your vowel sounds on the higher notes. AY/EE/OU are all an extension of a raised tongue position; this is really the first thing you need to work on. From here, you need to start adding height in the tract and staying neutral of pronunciation to ensure peak resonance in your higher range. All the best – K

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