How To Sing High Notes
Without Pushing Or Straining

Watch this video to learn several tips on how to sing high notes. Practice the exercises in the video and you'll begin to discover the upper register in your voice, and how you can use it easily and without straining.

Once you master this part of your voice you'll be able to use it to really excite the audience!

On this page are some great tips for singing high notes.

Before I give you these tips, I want to tell you a few things about how the voice works when you sing high into your range.

You may be familiar with a spot in your voice where everything seems to come apart. At this point, your voice tries to push higher, but all of a sudden, you loose all power and your tone quality completely changes.

(On the topic of maintaining and developing power in your voice, here's a great video)

This Point In The Voice Is Known As, “The Break”

To sing magnificent high notes, you need to learn to sing through the break in a smooth way, and *connect* with your voice on the other side.

When you do this correctly, it’s called “singing through your bridges”. Now your voice actually has three or sometimes even four bridges, but once you get through the first one, things get much easier.

In fact, many singers find it difficult to sing through their first bridge, and keep their voice together. If this is you, don’t worry... by the time you finish this article, you will know exactly how to sing through your bridges, completely effortlessly.

Also, for a quick video demonstration, click here.

So what’s happening when you come to your first bridge? And more important... what needs to happen to slide easily through this first bridge?

Here's A Simple Way To Understand This

To explain this, I want you to imagine you have a guitar in your hands. Now, if I asked you to play the highest note possible on your guitar, what would you do?

I’ll take a guess that you would place your finger on the last string, as far up the fret board as possible. And you’d be right!

When you sing, there is a very similar thing that happens. Your vocal cords actually have the ability to “fret the string” as it were, and shorten in length where there is less length of the vocal cord that is left to vibrate with the air. What’s happening,is your vocal cords are forming a new muscle coordination...

This new muscle coordination is what should happen (if you’re singing correctly) when you sing through your first bridge. When your cords shorten for the first time (singing through your first bridge), you move into a new vocal register called your “mixed voice”.

If you can learn how to sing high notes in your mixed voice, you will be able to get power, great tone, and clarity on your highest notes.

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching the voice 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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