How to Sing High Notes – Easy Exercises to Try at Home
Most will agree that singing high notes with power and richness is far more difficult than singing the notes that fall within speaking voice range. Fortunately, with enough practice, you can master your singing ability reaching various vocal range. Here are simple tips on how to sing high notes without compromising your vocal quality:
1. Span Your Vocal Break
As you reach the top of your range, you will notice that there is a point where your voice changes in quality. The deeper notes are sung in your “chest voice”, which is close to your regular speaking voice. This is the voice that resonates deep in your throat or chest. At some point, your voice will shift to a lighter, airier sound that reverberates in the top of your throat or back of your mouth, also known as the “head voice”, because it resonates higher in your head. The point where this switch occurs is known as your vocal break. This exercise will help you to better bridge this vocal break and thus sing songs seamlessly.
Exercise: Repetitively sing notes immediately above and below your vocal break, focusing on the transition between your head voice and chest voice.
2. Find Your Upper Limit
You can find the upper limit of your vocal range by singing progressively higher notes until you can no longer sing comfortably. The highest note you can sing without straining is the top note on your natural vocal range. This exercise can be used to reach high notes with good vocal control without straining your voice.
Exercise: Use a tuned instrument to identify the notes in your range. Play a note, then match your voice to it. Repeat until you reach the top of your range. Any notes above the top of your vocal range will require some practice.
3. Improve Your Head Voice
In order to improve the quality of your head voice, you will need to develop your “mixed voice”, which is a combination of your chest voice and head voice. Using the exercise below, you will be able to transition from chest and head voice very smoothly, over time.
Exercise: Sing the notes around your vocal break. As you sing progressively higher, you should practice using a bit less of your chest voice and a bit more of your head 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 voice notes as you reach the higher range.
4. Breath and Diaphragm Support
Use your breathing and diaphragm to support the higher notes. Without breath and diaphragm support, your head voice will sound thin and reedy. This exercise will help you obtain that rich and strong sound in your head voice while reaching the high notes with ease.
Exercise: Ration your voice as you exhale a note, not letting it out too fast. This will help you sustain high notes and give them just the right amount of breath support. Practice flexing your diaphragm as you sing to give extra support to your high notes for a more powerful sound.
There you have it, four easy tips on how to sing high notes. Looking to refine your singing skills? Don’t forget to check out our post on Tips to Develop Vocal Range.