How To Sing Higher Notes Without Strain
I’m going to give you one of the greatest tips that I know about singing higher notes. Now, don’t hear me wrong, though, extending your range takes time and discipline. However, this will move you down that road a little more quickly.
The best way to extend your range is incrementally through vocal scales. You don’t want to push your voice too hard. This will just add strain and set you further back, and, over time, belting can cause permanent damage to your voice.
So, let’s start with a scale, and then I’ll give you that tip, actually two great tips that work together. Take a simple five-tone scale like 1-3-5-3-1 or 1-2-3-2-1. Start this in the middle of your range and incrementally increase the first note. But, instead of singing the scale with a vowel sound, do it with a lip or tongue trill (a lip trill is like mimicking the sound of a motorboat, and a tongue trill is like repeatedly rolling your R’s, with your tongue batting against the roof of your mouth). And under the trill there should be a low, dopey “uh” sound. This will keep your larynx down (I’m giving away all my secrets!).
Okay, here is the biggie, though. Once you get to your higher range, where you feel the tension and are having a difficult time hitting the note, try bending down at the waist on the high note. You will be able to hit higher notes and with less tension, since the trill takes the tension off of the vocal cords.
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