Recall the last one you had and try to visualize the muscles you were using to hit high notes.
Were you using throat muscles (the one used for swallowing)?
Were you opening your mouth very wide to sing?
Well, if you were giving fatigue to the muscles, then definitely you were also trying hard to push the notes out.
Everybody is afraid of heights even if it is in singing, because of past experiences.
You have to get over this fear and learn how to sing high notes.
In this case, ‘mirror’ is your friend. Sing in front of the mirror to get a visual aid.
People keep going through the same procedure to sing high notes and expect different results each time.
Singers struggle to sing high notes, therefore they try different techniques and methods and eventually find out the way to sing successfully.
One must keep in mind that they should not apply pressure and stress unnecessarily otherwise they’ll fatigue their vocal cords and results will be disappointing and unfortunate.
Set your goal high in your mind and don’t give up till you get satisfying results about achieving head voice.
To learn about singing high notes, it is important to know what happens when you create a sound.
I’m sure you want to learn how to sing high notes without screaming.
Of Course, everyone knows that voice is produced by the vocal cords (vocal folds) located near the larynx.
One must keep in mind that huge (long) strings create lower notes, whereas short (thinner) strings produce higher notes.
Let me tell you an example:
You might have used a guitar before.
While plucking the strings of a guitar, the thicker strings produce lower notes while the thinner strings will produce a higher pitch sound.
You can see the guitar strings in this image clearly.
Now that you know that how high and low notes are produced.
We can use this idea and demonstrate how our own vocal cords work and learn how to sing high notes.
To sing high note ranges, our vocal cord should become thin.
The thinner it is the higher you go and vice versa.
So, let’s see what causes our vocal chords not to be thinner and how to sing high notes successfully with ease.
Amount of air that flows is the guide on how to sing high notes.
We must not force to push the air (the sound travels through the air).
This is the mistake that most singers do and believe me it is more dangerous than it seems to be.
Mariah Carey has also done this mistake while singing at Christmas last year.
Your vocal stamina should be big enough because in some songs the notes go on increasing.
Don’t strain your voice enough that a lot of air leaves your mouth.
Only a little amount of air must leave the mouth.
It is not true that our mouth should be opened wide.
Same amount of air should be used throughout the singing process.
Learning how to sing high notes? Singing with relaxation (both facial and vocal) is most favorable.
Obviously, don’t relax too much that your voice sounds like you have a blocked nose or that you have cold.
There must be a balance because cutting excessive amount of air will cause a flip/break in falsetto or it will cause a weak head voice.
I recommend you to increase your vocal stamina so that the air is ready to come out, without struggling to find a way and without forcing yourself to apply pressure.
Holding your breath to sing high notes is not a good idea too.
You should have a grip and control on your voice so that less air is used and the voice finds the upper register easily.
To achieve this, large breaths must be taken before singing from the diaphragm to expand. And then just blow the air out by ‘shh’ or ‘mmmm’ sound slowly until all breath is used up.
This will help in supporting the sound and the need to push and strain can be reduced.
Feel the air pressure in the mouth and don’t let it build up in the throat.
Let the air come out of the stomach by practicing ‘ha hah’ sound.
At the end of the post, I’ll mention some more worth doing exercises. Don’t forget to try those.
As mentioned earlier that singing high notes is possible when the vocal cords become thinner, so there must be balanced and good cord closure for a steady flow of air. You’ll learn about cord muscle usage and working in the next section.
Train your muscles to achieve high.
The lower part of your voice has a different structure than the higher one.
The vocal cord muscles are quite slack while singing low notes, when this vocal cord position is used in singing high notes, it results in raising the larynx, which is really really bad as it means that you are carrying too much ‘weight’.
Voice is produced when a lot of muscles work together.
And when these muscles are stretched tight, there will be trouble in singing high notes.
So, muscle stain must be avoided.
While practicing in front of a mirror, watch the areas where tension might occur like the tongue, lips, jaw, neck, shoulders, abdomen etc.
Relaxation of muscles is very important while singing.
Try to massage the area under the chin to loosen up muscles before singing. Stretching neck and shoulders or yawning also helps in relaxing muscles. The muscle must be relaxed while singing both higher and lower notes.
Correct muscles use is also damn important. We don’t want to use unnecessary muscles because it’ll cause trouble and your voice will get interferences and tension.
Grip on cord closure shouldn’t be left behind. Work harder on cord closure by exercising regularly.
We have to make our muscles (larynx and surrounding muscles) flexible. Just like other muscles we must use them more and more, stretch them before and after their use.
Eventually, these muscles will be under your control and it’ll be easier and comfortable to sing higher notes.
Exercise more often. Soon your voice will sound amazing.
The exercise that I do the most and found it helpful is this one:
Make the sound using only the vowel ‘a’.
Sing Aaa-Aaa-aaa in six tones.
Don’t just sing Aaaaaaa continuously rather break it into small parts like Aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa-aaa.
Start singing from low notes and go up on a little higher note steadily one-by-one.
Practice it out a few times, then do this exercise again, but at the sixth and the highest note, steadily come one note back one-by-one and sing from a higher note to lower note. Do this exercise and go up and down the tone and note levels and practice mixed voice.
Also, you can try replacing your song with the aaa-aaa-aaa sound.
This exercise will make you to get a grip of the vocal cord and your vocal cords will become stronger.
You can also practice using different vowels rather than ‘a’ like eee-eee-eee or ooo-ooo-ooo etc.
Other exercises worth noticing are as follows:
Lip Roll exercises:
Well, it certainly looks funny, but lip roll exercise is really awesome.
It is just like making noise when we feel cold like ‘brrr’ but adding ‘uhh’ sound to it.
This exercise helps to drop weight from the voice.
Do check out this amazing video on how to do lip roll exercise (and also see her other videos on vocal exercises too).
This exercise is a lovely and powerful way to add limelight to the head voice (high notes).
Here is a video of an astonishing instructor:
‘GI’ ‘MI’ ‘WO’ or ‘WE’:
Try singing these one-by-one by going up and down on notes.
This will help in keeping larynx low and also will help you in ascending from high to low note singing.
Here I’ll provide you with some amazing resources:
They will help you in doing it in a better way.
How To Sing High Notes Without Straining
This video will help you in singing high notes without straining.
It is important that you learn it, this video was created by Become A Singing Master channel on youtube. Thanks to them!
How to sing high notes? No need to ask this question now, just keep on practicing as much as you can. And don’t let your fear of singing bad destroy your golden potential.
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