Do you really know why you are always losing high notes in upper vocal range?
You have to find out the problems since wrong vocal exercises will never allow you to ever extend your vocal range. In fact, it will hurt your voice forever over time.
Would you be surprised if I say that there are two factors of good singing that most people are not aware of or they neglect and thereby wind up not knowing how to sing high? To hit high notes in a clear and sustained manner and without straining your voice, you need to take care of your vocal technical and psychological factors that affect your singing.
There are four major reasons why you failed to hit High Notes smoothly:-
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1) You Are Breaking Yourself Into Falsetto
If you have run into falsetto, its means your vocal chords can no longer hold together lead to “breaking apart” on your high notes vocal range.
Your voice will sound light and airy. Furthermore, your tone is singing without depth and solidity to it. This is what we called “falsetto”.
To solve this problem, you have to learn how to “shift gears” and move into your higher registers that will give your sound more powerful, solid and depth in high notes vocal range.
2) You are Trying to Force Your Voice
It’s happened when you are trying to use your extra musculature to force your voice as high as it can go. But, the fact is that you sound like yelling or screaming in the high notes badly.
Be careful! It’s the worst singing practice you have done. You will damage your voice permanently if you keep trying this kind of singing style in high notes.
That’s it. The correct vocal range exercises will train any voice to sing perfectly to show your voice how to increase vocal range.
3) You are Pushing Your Voice Too Hard
When you try to produce a kind of voice that has less power and inadequate support, this simply means that you’re utilizing more muscle tensions in your laryngeal area to control your voice. In trying to muscle your voice instead of supporting it, you’re just making your vocal folds traumatic which could result in swelling.
When swelling occurs, you can experience some difficulties in singing high notes. In fact, if you sing “high notes” in your chest instead of head voice, you will experience more friction and trauma. For me, a type of rehearsal that is of ‘high-energy’ could mean a loud rehearsal with a combined emotion.
In this case, it may be possible that you’re trying to monitor the physical sensations that you could feel in using your voice. Therefore, it is possible that you may have overused your voice that caused straining.
To remedy this situation, it is advisable for you to get a good teacher that can get you back on your feet.
- Drink several glasses of water.
- Monitoring your voice while singing can be of great help.
- Until you get back the good sound of your voice, it would be better to relax your repertoire.
4) Improper Use of Resonance When Singing in Higher Notes
Wrong techniques in using the resonance when you are reaching higher notes may break your voice.
Closing your space resonance and reaching a higher position of the larynx may have a good effect on your difficulty in moving to a higher range. Extending your range depends on how stable your larynx is. This can enable your vocal folds to go higher in pitch. When your larynx rises, your folds inside won’t be able to stretch in pitch. High range depends on the stability of your larynx in keeping the resonator of your pharynx open.
Proper use of resonance supports your voice vibration, and it helps to amplify your tone.
Therefore, your vocal folds can vibrate slightly, and for the higher pitch, it can vibrate faster.
5) Improper Posture
Posture is an important aspect of good singing. If you don’t believe me, you can always try it out. Just sing the same song while you stand slouched, and your head angled downwards and then again with your back straight and head tilted backward and see the difference. A good posture while standing is to plant your feet firmly apart, arms akimbo, spine straight and head and shoulders tilted slightly backward. This will allow free air flow, you will be able to inhale more deeply, and your voice will open up more and enable you to sing high without strain. Try this stance in front of your mirror and correct yourself every time you tend to bend.
6) You Are Too Tension
Some other things which you can do to improve your singing are to learn to relax while singing. Any stress or tension will carry through to your voice. Similarly, wear clothes that are comfortable. Relaxation is easier if you sleep well in the night and try not to lose your temper or get upset over anything and try to stay away from anything that will make you emotional. Other methods of relaxation are the practice of yoga, deep breathing exercises, and meditation. Some people also find it relaxing to read books. These are some very important pointers to the psychological preparation of mind. Focus on them till you learn on how to sing high.
7) You Are Not Ready Yet
Mental readiness or psychological preparedness to singing is the next important criterion for singing high notes. This means that all your focus should be on your singing and no mundane day to day matters should occupy your thoughts. Try to get some privacy while practicing shutting out all exterior noises as much as possible. Radio, mobile, TV, etc should be switched off. Develop a very positive attitude towards singing and always think that “You can” and not “Can I”. With that mind set practice well till you get all your high notes right.
Listen to lots of songs sung by good singers in which there are renditions of high notes. Try to understand where they take a breath and how they hold it and exhale it while singing. Imagine yourself singing the same notes and go over it again and again in your mind. This will increase your confidence and you will be able to actually do it. Besides all this, remind yourself that you need to be a good singer and learn how to sing high more than anything else; especially when you feel a weakness to do anything that will affect your voice.
There are no such things of overnight success, and the same theory goes applied in the singing training as well. However, you can keep training your vocal chords on singing different vocal coordination, which will allow you to sing in extremely high notes with your head voice, and mixed voice effortless.
You will not break your voice when singing in high notes in the future again once you understand the root of these problems.