Even though high notes can be absolutely fascinating and may seem beyond our limits, they are actually not that difficult to reach if you take some basic things into account. This article is a first look at how to sing high notes. The best way to learn how to do so, though, is with a vocal coach. You can also use videos or recordings to help you, but it’s always good to have a further guidance in order to know if you are doing things correctly in order to avoid hurting your vocal chords.
Here are some basic tips on how to get to those high notes without any kind of trouble. Again, the first priority is avoiding injury when trying to reach those high notes:
You should always relax before singing, and for singing high notes this is doubly important. Singing high notes will require more air, awareness of your body, and using your “resonators” (places in your body where sound resonates and gets enhanced) properly. That sounds like a lot, right? Well, it is if you are also clenching your teeth and have tense shoulders. So make sure you open up your mouth in a big “O” shape and move it while it’s open in order to make sure it’s relaxed. Also make circles with your shoulders before starting your exercises, this way you’ll be ready to start singing with your body up to the task.
This is also a part of getting your body ready to start. Just as you need to be relaxed, you also need to get your muscles ready to stretch and work without straining them. Do check out our warm up exercises and to find out why warm ups are so important.
Use diaphragmatic breathing
This way of breathing is absolutely essential for getting the strength you’ll use for singing to come from the right place. It will also help you handle the air so that you’ll be able to maintain your high notes as long as you need to. Diaphragmatic breathing is fundamental in learning how to sing high notes. Since high notes require more strength, if you don’t focus on using your diaphragm, you’ll end up using your throat muscles for singing, causing your voice to get tired quickly and exposing yourself to injuries.
Use your head as a resonator
When singing high notes, feel the air go from your belly, through your vocal chords, an on to your head resonators. To do that, imagine the sound pushing against the top of your head before coming out, your chords are just the way through. When done the right way, you should not feel any strain in your throat.
Make sure your throat doesn’t hurt from trying to reach the notes. If you follow all the previous tips on this articles, your throat should not hurt because you are not using your throat muscles to produce the sound. But when not executed properly, high notes are an easy way to get injured. So, if it hurts, rest your vocal chords and consult a singing professional.
This is just a start. Of course, to improve, you need to practice. We recommend hiring a vocal coach or, better yet, checking out our highly recommended courses to find more detailed instruction on becoming an amazing singer!