Ever noticed that audience reaction to a singer intensifies when the singer hits a good high note? Think of how a song with a high note that is sung well by a singer sends shivers down your spine. It is a thing of beauty! So how can you hit those powerfully emotional notes? Perhaps you can but feel you need just a bit more confidence to really put a lot of power and oomph behind them. It’s comforting to know that everyone actually can potentially sing higher than their normal range, and certainly higher than their speaking range. In fact, one could expect to hit notes in the upper two thirds of their range.
If you are ready to learn how to sing higher, here are three tips that you can use to hit those beautiful high notes with power, clarity and confidence:
Avoid Vocal Cord Strain By Warming Up
First off, any time you are going to do some serious singing, especially if you are planning on hitting high notes for a particular piece, it is a good idea to warm up. You need to keep this in mind during your journey of learning how to sing higher notes. Using warm up exercises prior to singing loosens your vocal cords. Warming up can start off as simple as singing a favorite song without straining. After you have loosened up a bit with that, start humming the lowest note you can, then slide through your range to your highest note. Do this back and forth. Finally, employ what is called a lip trill. Blow air out between your lips to make a motor boating sound. Be aware of using your diaphragm to regulate the air you are blowing out. As their name suggests, warm ups should be used to warm up all your singing muscles; your diaphragm, and your vocal cords especially.
Build Up The Air You Need
Once you’re good and warmed up, it’s time for tip 2. Singing high notes requires you to have a lot of air power. You need to know how to build up your breath to have it available to hit high notes any time you wish. Take in a deep breath, imagine you are gulping in a noodle or sucking through a straw, and practice releasing it slowly and making an “S” sound. Do this quietly at first, then repeat a little louder, concentrating on using your diaphragm to maintain a good constant flow of air. Really hit it hard once or twice to train your diaphragm to handle stress. Finally, Perform your “S” sounds quickly and medium hard. They should sound staccato but in control.
Don’t Ruin Your Chances Before You Get There
Learning how to sing higher also has to do with posture. You may not be aware of it, but many times when people are trying to hit high notes, or singing at all for that matter, they tilt their head back. This may be from picturing the high note as being higher physically. Trouble is, when the head is tilted back, the neck and vocal cords are effectively being crushed, ruining any chance of hitting the desired high notes. It is a good idea to watch yourself in a mirror to see if you may be doing just this. Remember that high notes and low notes come from the same place. There is no need to move your muscles or vocal cords around to hit high notes.
Is It All In Your Head?
There is one more thing to be aware of, and that is having the proper mindset. Singing higher notes requires you to have the confidence to know that you can do it, the confidence that keeps you from holding back. Have you ever noticed that when you go to hit a high note you decrease in volume? Perhaps subconsciously thinking listeners won’t notice if you can’t hit the high notes. This is recipe for disaster! Commit to the note. If you don’t hit it this time, forget it and move on. Next time you will do better, especially if properly warmed up.
Practice the three tips outlined above, have confidence in your ability even if you have to “fake it till you make it” at first. Hitting high notes does not come naturally to most people; it is learned. Just knowing that may be enough for you to keep learning how to sing higher until you succeed at your goal, and soon you too will be wowing audiences with your beautifully hit high notes!