Updated: Jan 31, 2019
We all know there are/were great singers in this world… Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Celine Dion to name just a few.
What do they have in common? What do we remember the most from their excellent performances?
Isn’t it high notes, kept at the neverendless breath until the whole crowd is giving an applauze and screaming incredulously?
Now: what if YOU are able to do the same high and strong notes without any strain?
“Greatness isn’t born, it’s grown” - Daniel Coyle
All singing stars have had many years of singing practise before becoming starts.
Most of them still have vocal coaches to continuously develop and to maintain good condition of their voice!
As singing high notes without strain costs time and patience, I want to give you the three most important actions that you NEED to take to release your high notes. When you master those three, I can ensure you, you will feel much more confident while singing high notes, or even maybe, you will get rid of the strain in your throat forevermore!
STEP 1: NEVER ENGAGE MUSCLES AROUND YOUR LARYNX
MEANING, KEEP YOUR THROAT NEUTRAL AND RELAXED
Would be very logical to work hard with your throat-larynx area while singing, especially in a high register. Well… sounds logical but it is completely wrong.
Children has a great ability to remain those muscles relaxed.
Why? because they don’t care! They don’t feel shame or insecurity (which by the way is the greater reason for bringing tension into our bodies). They don’t feel ashamed of having a dumb face every time they are surprised or interested in something. Look at the child from
the picture on the left: when was the last time
you had this expression on your face?
STEP 2: REMAIN GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THE AIR PRESSURE AND THE AIR FLOW
Sounds like nuclear technology, I know. But in a minute you will see it is very logical process.
What on earth is the air pressure?!
Have you ever seen the Heimlich manoeuvre? When a person is choking because of the food’s stuck in his throat, someone else has to stand behind and push inwards his stomach to create an air pressure that will “blow” out the unwanted piece of a food.
THAT is what we need to sing, only that we don’t need anyone standing behind us. We create the air pressure by using diaphragm movement. The higher we go, the greater air pressure we need.
STEP 3: DON’T BREATHE TOO DEEP
In a stress situation, while giving a speech for example, you might have a feeling like you’re running out of breath. Does that sound familiar?
Logically, the solution could be to take more breath. Well, try to breath deep while running and then imagine that you have to give a presentation at the same time…
Human bodies are able to breathe in two different ways. But only one is right.
Stand in front of the mirror and try to divide your lungs’ part into 2 equal air containers, put on top of each other.
Now, you can either fill up both containers with air, you will see then your arms going up, your breast will go more upfront and you will feel like you’re filled with air till your throat. Now, introduce yourself on that breath: “My name is…”.
If you did not feel comfortable then you already know: inhaling deeper is not the solution.
Now, if you went away from the mirror, go back again. Focus this time on one container only, the one that is placed lower. Breathe in trying to fill up only this one container. Your ribs should expand and your belly should go upfront.
Still not working? breath out the air entirely and hold on for a couple of seconds with no air in your lungs. Once you can’t hold it anymore, take a quick breath.
THAT breath is the most efficient! Why? because our bodies are built with a survival mode:
“I don’t have a breath if I don’t take it now I might die”. Once you let yourself breathe in again, the first inhale you take is the most efficient and the fastest breath, and of course the most essential for singing and talking.
Those 3 crucial factors CAN and WILL improve your high notes, if you implement discipline into your singing practise. Focus only on those three practise with my YT videos (Episode 1 and Episode 2) and let me know what your high-notes singing experience is!