How to Sing 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.

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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