Learn How to Reach for Those Very High Notes!

If you've ever tried to sing in your car or even in the bathroom, does your voice break, squeak or struggle to hit a high note? Don't worry because you can fix that with the correct training and know how.

The truth is, you need some training or lessons to learn to reach those high notes for a number of simple and even obvious reasons. It does not come easily to the untrained singer, unless you are one of those folks with unusually gifted talents.

Look After Your Voice

Most people don't know it, but they can really abuse their voices without knowing it. For example, when you shout, talk too much, the vocal cords may be damaged in time if not cared for correctly.

When we speak to others we only use a limited range of sound because that's all we need to use. We don't sing when we speak so the range of sound does not develop further.

Developing a Bigger Vocal Range

If you want to sound like a true professional singer, you must be able to reach some high notes from time to time. That goes for male as well as female singers and I'm sure you probably already know some prominent male vocalists that can and regularly do hit and hold very high notes that seem almost impossible.

Many rock singers and especially heavy metal vocalists are renowned for their very high screams and amazing ranges when it comes to holding a tuneful yet powerful melody in the upper range. Classic band leaders such as Deep Purple's Ian Gillan and David Coverdale are good examples, as are Rush Bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and especially Judas Priest "four octave" vocalist extraordinaire Rob Halford!

Believe it or not, it's fairly easy to extend your voice range with regular practice when you combine the chest voice and the head voice.

What is the chest voice? It's the deeper voice we all use when we speak with other people in everyday conversations. When you use the head voice, the sound becomes higher, but the head voice is not the voice that you will work on to extend your vocal range.

What to Work On

Instead, you will work on your mixed voice, which is a combination of the chest and head voices. Your vocal teacher can show you how to do this, or you can learn this with an online vocal course but it basically involves accessing the upper range through special techniques and learning to control your breathing as you sing the note for a steady, true note that can be touched upon briefly or held for several seconds with rock solid confidence.

But remember that singing is an art, and when you sing with inspiration and with feeling you can "feel" the note you need to sing and it will come to you. And with repeated practice the right way, your range will naturally develop and expand to reach higher notes consistently and with controlled strength that never wavers or loses its tone and cohesion.

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