If you’re like many singers out there, you may be presently struggling with how to sing high notes. You may have spent hours, days, months, or even years trying to reach those notes that are just outside of your range. Bad part is, most people, even the ones that practice regularly, are at best getting slow and small results doing this.
Well, I have good news for you. The truth is, singing high notes is not nearly as difficult as you may imagine. The reason it’s difficult for most people to grow their range is simply because they’re going about singing the wrong way.
Reaching for higher and higher notes may over time increase your range by a note or two, but odds are that new found range will be clunky and inconsistent. So, let’s talk about a new and improved approach to expanding your range. I’ll call it Ken’s How to Sing High Notes 2.0.
The first thing we want to burn into our brains is this…
Singing Should Be as Easy As Speaking
That’s right, singing should be as easy as speaking. Reaching for notes is a big no, no! If you’re putting extra strain on your voice to hit a note, then you’re trying waaay too hard!
So, how do we make singing as easy as speaking?
Well, the ideal speaking voice is smooth and connected, has a steady flow of air, and is full and free. You don’t have to press your speaking voice, so you shouldn’t have to press your singing voice either. Finally, a typical speaking voice comes from a balanced vocal mechanism. So let’s break this all down a bit.
Steady Flow of Air: Having a voice that is powered by a steady flow of air is crucial for singing higher. You see, the air is the gas that powers our voice, and you’ve got to have the right amount of air flow exiting your body while singing.
If you force too much air when you sing, you’re going to create too much resistance underneath the vocal cords, leading to unnecessary pressure building up in the throat. This causes discomfort in singing, your larynx to rise, and eventually will force your voice to crack. Use too little air and your sound will become weak and putter out.
Smooth and Connected Sound: A smooth and connected sound is another important aspect of keeping a “speak singing” balance.
This goes hand and hand with operating off of a steady flow of air. Actually, I’d argue keeping a smooth and connected sound is usually the product of a steady flow of air, with one exception – when we’re singing staccato (separated or unconnected notes).
But even our staccato notes need to function off of that same steady flow of air. The air does not stop.
Think of the flow of air as a hose. If you have a put a kink in the hose, the water doesn’t stop… it’s still there waiting to come out. Likewise, the water doesn’t build up in strength, forcing the kink out of the hose. The flow of water remains steady behind that kink, ready to come out when needed, but not forcing it’s way through it.