How to Sing High Notes and Wow Your Audience
Tips on How to Sing High Notes
Mariah Carey can sing up to the highest G note on the piano – the G#7. Celine Dion can sing up to 4 or 5 octaves. It’s reported that she can even reach the F#5 note. Other powerhouse singers like Georgia Brown, Zayn Malik or Demi Lovato have impressive vocal ranges.
What do they have in common besides their ability to sing high notes? They’ve been trained to do it. People who can sing the high notes are powerful vocalists on their own. Their immense ability to reach the highest octaves come from practice, control and a knack for singing as well.
However, how this ability to sing the high notes is not a matter of mystery but of technique. Yes, just about anyone can reach those high notes with enough practice and support. If you’ve ever wondered how to sing high note, here are some helpful tips to get you started:
No Brute Force Allowed
To sing a high note is to do it on a soft voice. That means you need to dig deep without yelling. Proper breathing technique can make you drive air up to your vocal cords in order to make a note.
It’s important to note that yelling isn’t singing a high note as that involves force – brute energy. It’s using the wrong muscle to produce a sound. Yelling while singing isn’t producing any note acceptable in music.
Air and Support Go Together
Singers have this down like muscle memory. The rule is always have the upper register of your voice supported by diaphragm not the stomach. Breathing in isn’t the proper way to start. Reaching the high notes is a combination of air and support.
That is, in the process of producing a sound, depending on too much air is a bad idea. It actually stops you in the middle of the high note. When you reach for it, breathe just enough air and then rely on your upper register to sing the highest note you can reach. With the proper air in the upper register, the high notes sound solid.
Don’t Force your Breath
High notes depend on the strength of your upper register. And because of that you need proper breathing technique. It takes practice to do this right. Stand in front of a mirror and breathe slowly in and out.
Breathe in and hold for a few seconds before exhaling. Do this exercise as much you can in order to practice drawing breath for proper air and support. If you can’t reach the high notes now, be patient. You’ll get there with enough practice and if you don’t force it.
Vocalization and Breathing Exercises
Ever noticed how some singers lose their voice after singing for long periods of time? That’s a product of straining the vocal cords to the limit. Some singers even damage their voice after forcing a high note.
No one gets to sing the highest note without vocalizing. Just as you would not exercise without stretching your muscles first, singing is pretty much the same way. Vocalization is a way to prepare the vocal cords before you start singing.
Vocalization exercises start by singing the top notes first and then descending
in tone and then repeat the process. Any vocal coach can guide you here. Remember that practice makes perfect so before going for it, make sure you’ve been trained properly first.
Music isn’t all about notes and pitches, but if you know how to sing high notes, you’ll have a powerful tool in your arsenal that you can use to express yourself and move your audience.