Why You Shouldn't Try To Sing High Notes
Do you know the #1 email question that I get every day about learning to sing?
Singers asking me to show them how to sing higher notes - and I'm about to tell you why you shouldn't be trying to sing high notes.
Let's look at what happens when you search for Bohemian Vocal Studio in google;
Okay, so you can see that I really am "the guy" to ask when it comes to singing higher notes (#1 over 1,840,000 other singing teachers - wow!!) - so why am I telling you to stop trying to sing high notes?
The truth is, I really struggled to sing high notes myself. I experienced strain, tension and a complete lack of high range as a singer - of course, I do naturally have a lower voice type than most people; but the best thing I ever did was stop TRYING to hit high notes.
Instead, I actually learned how to sing them correctly.
I recently shared the story of how I spent over $15,000 on singing lessons and vocal courses when I was first learning how to sing - not to mention a full decade of being a frustrated and under-achieving singer who experienced every issue in the book. When I finally worked out how to sing correctly, I realised just how wrong I was when I was trying to sing high notes and stretch my voice those extra few notes that I felt were holding me back as a singer.
I'm not saying not to sing high notes, I'm saying to stop trying to sing them with your current technique.
Can You Increase Your Vocal Range
Coming from someone who really wasn't a "natural" singer and experienced a lot of frustration and lack of progress as a singer; I can tell you right now that you already have the extensive vocal range of your dreams - you just don't know how to use it yet.
When I first started seriously learning how to sing in my early 20's (beyond just yelling at band rehearsals) my available range was around F2 to F3 - and then a very small amount of falsetto above this point that would flip and break every time I tried to sing anything towards the top of the third octave. As a singer, this is a pretty pathetic range - and something I often feel quite embarrassed about to the day.
My range now is a solid D2 to B5 - with a few extra grace notes on either side if I really focus my time on extending my natural lows down to an A1 or up to the C6 if I'm really focused on it; but my every-day range after a pretty basic warmup is close to 4 useable octaves that can be used in various ways to achieve the many styles and types of singing that I love. Johnny Cash? No sweat. Chris Cornell? I've actually become "that guy" as a voice coach that is known as the guy to go for to learn how to sing like Chris Cornell. John Fogerty? A cinch. Aretha Franklin? This requires some work, but totally possible. James Hetfield? C'mon - I could sing Metallica in my sleep.
Instead of telling you over and over just great it is to sing with such effortless freedom, range and power; let me show you - here's a few quick examples of the singing I'm achieving now that I've finally set up my vocal foundation with The Four Vocal Fundamentals that I'm about to share with you; just imagine the incredible range and power you're going to enjoy when you master these four basic fundamentals like me!
The Four Vocal Fundamentals
Before you try to sing high notes, you must first MASTER the Four Vocal Fundamentals;
- Height In The Vocal Tract
- Forward Placement
- "All In One Flow"
- Mixed Tonality
These Four Vocal Fundamentals alone account for every single other vocal technique, advanced singing concept and vocal term out there. For examples, singing techniques like Vowel Modification, Resonance Tuning, Raising the Soft Palate, Narrowing The Vowel, Yawning, The Internal Smile - are all a direct result of Height In The Vocal Tract in the same way that balancing the TA and CT muscles, Blending Resonance, Classroom Voice and Connecting Chest And Head Voice are all a direct result of Mixed Tonality etc.
Instead of over complicating the process of learning how to sing and ultimately learning to sing high notes with ease; you need to simplify your approach by focusing solely on these Four Vocal Fundamentals; and you'll actually find that you no longer have to "try" to sing high notes; your high range will simply be there for you to access with ease and power at will.
I literally spent years and thousands of dollars learning the simple truth that singing is easy, and that vocal methods should be simple, practical and straight to the point - not overly complicated or full of hype and marketing terms.
This is why I started developing the Foundation Vocal Approach and Bohemian Vocal Studio's flagship vocal course Foundation 101, which will show you how to ;
- Connect chest and head voice into one long range
- Sing with mixed voice
- Balance your onset
- Form your vowel properly
- Place your frequencies
- Increase your range (sing high notes in the right way!)
- Warm up your voice effectively
- Improve your tone
- Sing with control, freedom and consistency
- SO much more!
You can even get started right now with this exclusive Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will show you the exact process that I use to help my own students connect their Chest and Head Voice to created Mixed Resonance while extending their range and improving their tone and consistency.
Are you ready to stop "trying" to sing high notes and actually learn to sing them the right way?
Do You Have What It Takes?
Have you been wondering whether you REALLY have what it takes to become a better singer? This simple vocal quiz will show you exactly how much potential you have to become a better singer while showing you how and where to invest your time and effort to streamline the process and make the most of your time and practice schedule. Best of all, it's quick, incredibly accurate and most singers are absolutely SHOCKED at the results!