How to Sing High Notes

Top Techniques on How To Sing High Notes

Singing high notes can be pretty tricky for the aspiring singers. It’s like the sweet dream of every newbie. But don’t be discouraged because we’re here to help you out with your creative ambition…

You can’t wait to do that, can you? We know…

The best way is to begin your lyrical session with a little bit of singing of any song you like. Any nice song will impulsively put you – and your throat – in the right mood. Then, move on toward those in-demand high notes.

Common Pitfalls When Trying to Sing High Notes

Don’t tense your chest cavity just because you’re singing in the first place.

Don’t become too conscious when learning how to sing high notes.

That said, try to begin singing from deep inside, so that pressure rests on the diaphragm rather than the vocal cords (which need to be protected!). It generally means breathing in a relaxed manner and letting your throat naturally divert the pressure to the lower side of the chest as you proceed with all kind of notes.

Closing the eyes may help you concentrate on your singing, in general, and high notes, in particular.

Facial Expressions When Singing

It may help you to mimic the facial and lip movements of those maestros of high notes. Pay attention. How do their lip movements transition as they ascend from low notes to the high ones? Concentrate on individual words (or even syllables) rather than a complete line. Remember that your lips must adopt a different shape when you voice an “O” sound, and yet a different one when it comes to “Ha”. The same goes for other particular sounds.

Head Movements During Singing

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Don’t sway your head. You’re singing a piece of music, remember? It simply diverts your attention from the singing to the moving – even though it’s kind of natural for some people to do that when they sing. Take special care when you’re dealing with the high notes which ask for special attention from the beginners. Any head position you’re comfortable with should do it.

How To Sing High Notes With Power

If you’re wondering how to sing with power, then you’ve come to the right place. In fact, singing with power is actually very simple. The problem with most singers when it comes to singing are the following symptoms:

  • Doubt
  • Restriction of air flow through lungs as a result of mental barriers
  • Physically trying to push/squeeze the air out of your body

Doubting When Trying To Sing With Power

Doubting when singing is very common especially with beginners. When singing, you have to be in a relaxed state so that as you climb higher notes in your current vocal range, you slowly add more power to your voice. Don’t think that you can’t sing hit that “one” notes or achieve the level of power you want. You have to trick your mind to be in an absolutely calm environment. By achieving this, you will be able to overcome 90% of all the barriers that exist in singing.

Restriction of Air Flow

Mental barriers are in the same category as “doubt”, but I separated the two in this case because of the importance that I will discuss in a few moments. But the key importance here is to identify that in order to sing notes with power, you need to airflow from your lungs, not restrict it!.

So let me explain…

When you think that you won’t be able to sing with power, you create a mental barrier which limits your true potential. This, in turn, causes your body to restrict air flow and forces yourself to work against yourself because of the tension that you create. Tension leads to the blockage of airflow and puts a strain on your larynx or voice box.

Solution?

Simple (might take a little practice to get into this habit): When you start singing higher notes, think of yourself actually singing lower notes. What this does is that it simplifies the mental barriers that are triggering your body to increase tension in your voice box.

As I’ve briefly mentioned, it might take a while, but learning this trick and making it into a habit will greatly improve your singing performance.

Physically Trying To Push Air Out When Singing:

This is not a smart idea because what you’re doing is placing your larynx under high stress which can lead to vocal strain. Use the tip I’ve mentioned before to overcome this bad habit. Your larynx is not a muscle where you can simply put physical strain on it hoping that someday it will pay off. The only thing that will pay off will be vocal nodes, and those aren’t fun.

Don’t Overdo It

Learning how to sing high notes can be frustrating, but fun when mastered.

It’s never a good idea to end up with a hoarse throat because of “over-practicing” some enjoyable high notes.  The beginners should give themselves – and their precious throats – some breaks when they’re working on the crucial part of singing: high notes.

Always remember to keep your throat moistened when you’re in your singing sessions. Dry throat diminishes the energy of high notes and, of course, makes the novice wrongly assume that he or she has developed a fault, and thus can’t carry on high notes for long. It’s a good practice to sip water at intervals. Besides, water releases tension and increases alertness.

A little bit of practice every day will lead any newbie toward the heights (both literally and figuratively!) of singing. It boils down to one thing: Don’t give up, for you know there was a time when even Michael Jackson could not sing high notes!

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