Fastest way to sing higher notes
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on how to sing higher notes. This is a question many beginner singers struggle with, but the fact of the matter is it’s not that hard.
Hit high notes quickly and easily
When you sing or speak, your voice comes out of your body from two exit points:
1) your mouth
2) your nose
Don’t take my word for it – test it out for yourself! Pinch your nose and try to talk normally. How did you do? You can’t, right?
That’s why you sound really horrible when you have a flu and your nose is blocked. A lot of the sound you should be producing isn’t coming out properly.
What does this have to do with singing high notes?
What kind of sound usually goes out through the nose? HINT: See the topic of this post.
High notes! That’s what!
The nasal cavities are more narrow and thus produce a higher pitch.
That’s great, but how do I use this knowledge to sing higher pitches?
Easy. By singing through your nose!
1) Do a siren exercise where you go from low to high and back to low and repeat.
2) When you reach those high notes, you consciously let your nose handle more of the work instead of forcing all the sound to come out from your mouth.
3) Do this slowly at first. Don’t worry about sounding too nasal. It’s better to err on the side of ‘too much nose”. Too much nose won’t hurt your voice. Too much mouth would.
4) Pat yourself on the back because you just sang some high notes!
This is good and all, but I don’t want to sound like Fran from “The Nanny” when I sing!
Fair point. But you won’t. If you put in the effort to practice it, that is. Now that you can hit that high note, you need to learn to color it:
1) Hold a comfortable high note. Don’t worry about sounding nasal. Just do the ugliest high note as long as it doesn’t hurt.
2) Now try to get your mouth to take over a bit more work from your nose. If you were starting at 90% nose and 10% mouth, try to bring it to 15% mouth. See how that feels and sounds. You’ll notice that you have more depth to your sound.
3) If your voice isn’t tired yet, try to bring more mouth sound into your overall tone. Stop when you start tensing up in your throat area.
4) Experiment with this every day. If you find that you can’t hit a note at all, let your nose handle all the work until you can. Once you can hit the note comfortably, start delegating the workload back to your mouth bit by bit.
5) Wow your friends at every karaoke session until they get jealous and don’t invite you anymore (speaking from experience).
CAUTION! Don’t pull up too much mouth resonance into the mix. Even professional singers get hurt from taking it too far. The most natural home of the high notes is the nasal cavities. Respect that rule and you will enjoy many years of singing your favourite songs!
So there you have it!
The pain-free way of singing higher notes easily.
I hope you got something from this short lesson. It’s as bare-bones a singing lesson as possible so you can take action and apply this today!