How to Sing High Notes Without Strain

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Many singers have difficulty singing higher notes. They lack power and richness when they sing. Low notes are easy, but high notes are notoriously difficult for beginners. If you want to learn to sing high notes, you should use these tips...
How to Sing High Notes Without Strain

If you’re struggling to sing high notes without your voice breaking, don’t worry – you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common issues new singers face. Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide to show you how to sing high notes without strain.

How to Sing High Notes Without Strain

To find your upper vocal limit, sing progressively higher notes until you can’t sing comfortably. The highest note you can sing without straining is the top note on your natural vocal range. To help you identify the notes in your range, use a guitar or organ to play a note.

Then, match your voice to it. You’ll be hitting those high notes in no time!

When it comes to singing, practice makes perfect. In order to sing high notes, you must learn to control their voices and avoid straining.

Spanning Your Vocal Break

As you sing higher and higher, your voice changes in quality. Your chest voice will sound similar to your regular speaking voice. In fact, your chest voice is the same as your regular speaking voice — only with an added resonance.

Your voice will change when you sing. It sounds like a higher, lighter voice that resonates in the top of your throat. Some people describe this voice as nasal, but it’s actually just the head voice. This is the most common singing voice, and it’s a very effective way to sing higher notes.

If you’re having trouble singing notes above and below your vocal break, you can practice to overcome this. As time goes on and you do more singing, the problem will disappear. The point where this happens is called your vocal break.

Improving Your Head Voice

Most singers don’t have a clear understanding of the difference between head voice and chest voice. They also get confused about how to sing in their head voice by simply going up higher. The truth is, to learn head voice, you first need to understand the “mixed voice”, which is a combination of your chest and head voices.

The mixed voice is the result of practice; most people don’t come by it naturally, but experienced singers go from one to the other it so smoothly that most people listening don’t even notice the switch between them.

To strengthen your mixed voice, you should sing notes around your vocal break. As you sing higher and higher, you should practice using a bit more of your head voice and a bit less of your chest voice. You can practice this skill by paying attention to where each note resonates in your throat and mouth, and putting slightly more emphasis on the “head” notes as you go along.

As you progress, you will learn to place the notes where you want. Your transition from chest to head voice will become very smooth.

How To Breathe Through Your Diaphragm

The second part of reaching higher notes is learning to use your breathing and diaphragm to support them. Without breath and diaphragm support, the high notes will sound thin and reedy. With breath and diaphragm support, they will sound rich and strong like your chest voice.

As you sing a high note, control it. Don’t let it come out fast. This will help you sustain the high notes and give them just the right amount of breath support. The muscle in your stomach that flexes when you laugh or exhale sharply is called your diaphragm. Practice flexing it as you sing to give extra support to your high notes for a more powerful sound.

Vocal power and high notes are the foundation of singing, and proper breathing is key in understanding how to sing high notes. On this site you will learn how to release your full range and develop breath control to be able to hit those high notes every time. Your audience will soon be blown away by your incredible vocal power.

how to breathe thru diaphragm
Diaphragm breathing for singing


This article comes to you courtesy of Singorama.

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Jayne Callum

Jayne Callum

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