How Do I Improve My Vocal Range?

How do I improve my vocal range?

This is one of the most common questions I've received in my career as a vocal coach. “How do I improve vocal range and hit those high notes?”

Let me tell you my story first, and then we'll look at some techniques to help you increase your range. 

Personally, I had such a terrible time because my voice was naturally a little bit lower, and I had this deeper quality to it.

This caused my sound to fall back in my throat. And if you're trying to reach the higher parts of your vocal range, falling back in this way is not going to help.

Picture Your Range

Think about your range as a vertical line in front of you. From the lower notes to the higher notes.

Now, on this line you have all these different breaks where your voice changes.

If you've been used to pushing, you're going to try to push through those breaks. And if you "push" like this you can very easily cut off your air, which will not help you reach those higher notes. 

This happened to me a lot. So to find the upper parts of my vocal range I had to learn to reverse what I was doing.

I needed to become aware of the places within my range where I had to make adjustments to not push into the notes but allow the notes to come to me. 

Reversing Old Habits

I'm going to take you through an exercise to explain this. I'm going to use a long A sound because I want you to hear how moving through the range, going higher, I'm allowing the adjustments to happen so then I get my higher notes a lot more easily.

Watch this demonstration at 1:42 in the video. (Click play below and the video will begin at the correct time. 

Let Your Vocal Cords Do the Work!

When you get to the upper part of your range, the key is to allow your vocal cords to thin and reach that note, instead of you trying to force it there. 

You have all these different parts of your range. As you're moving through them, you have to allow your vocal cords to make adjustments to move through them instead of you pushing. 

Practice this. Be patient. It's going to take you some time to change your old habits, but I know you'll get this!

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Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching singers for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more.

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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