10 Techniques to Hit Your High Notes Without Straining or Screaming

Have you ever been a scenario where you want to sing (maybe in your house or a concert), and boom your voice cannot hit the high notes and your voice gets cracked.
This can be so embarrassing and frustrating and if you persist by straining your voice to hit those high notes, you might get your vocal cords damaged.

In my experience as a voice tutor, I’ve seen alot of this and I can tell you categorically, that it is rampant even though some folks may not want to open up to say it.
Also imagine standing out in a crowd of over 500 or even 1000 or more people to sing only to get your voice cracked when trying to hit your high notes. Embarrassing isn’t it?

Let me also state here categorically and without mincing words, that anyone can learn to hit his or her high without his or her voice getting cracked or straining.

I won’t sugar-coat my words to you at this point but I will tell you it all balls down to practice and not just practice but using the right technique to practice.
Another truth is, you cannot just jump from getting a cracky sound when trying to hit those high notes to a clean and smooth voice over night. It’d sure take process and hard work.

Also understand that squeezing your face when trying to hit the high notes is not the solution but doing the right exercise over time.
Infact, pushing those notes will on a long run harm or damage your vocal folds and cords.
The point is, these exercises I’m about showing you is not in anyway designed to hurt you so if you feel pains while practicing it, just know you are off track.

Let’s get going!

1. Practice Lip Trill

This is the first exercise to consider when thinking of expanding your voice range.
The good news is, lip trill does the work of smoothening your voice and helping you sing without straining and virtually anyone (including the beginners) can do it.

To do the lip trill, make sure your fingers are placed at the centre of your mouth and after that, gently blow the lips together to obtain a vibration. As you blow air through your lips, the lips will bubble. After that, apply a little uh sound at the back of the lips. After doing this, add a sound (make sure you are comfortable with the sound you choose) and continue with the uhhh sound. While doing the lip trill, try adding a siren-like sound to the trill and while doing this, run your scale ascending and descending with the guys starting from C3 and the ladies G3.
Note, you may experience your voice cracking in between but don’t panic, just keep going, you’ll soon get there.

2: Try the Siren Sound with the Uhhh Sound

The uh sound is a perfect sound to use in this exercise and what you need to do is to mimic the sound of the siren with it.
The UH sound helps you get to the high notes without straining your voice and it helps you to calm your vocal cords.

To do this exercise, begin by pronouncing the uh sound well and then get a note you are comfortable with and for the ladies G3 is a good note to start from while C3 is okay for the guys. After this, use the uhh sound to mimic the sound of the siren by ascending and descending your Major scale (C D E F G A B C or d r m f s l t d’) do this ascending and descending then before ending this particular exercise, try mimicking the siren with an uh sound repeatedly and make sure your voice does not crack in between.

3. Use the EEE Sound to form the Vocal Siren

By now I believe you might have climbed the highest pitch possible comfortably with the use of exercise two.

We will get to the timbre of your voice and by timbre I mean your vocal tone while singing. We will make use of the EEE sound. This vowel is best for this exercise and will give your voice the tonal quality you desire.

To practice your vocal siren using the EEE sound, you need to begin by being able to pronounce the EEE sound with precision. Try it by pronouncing the word eat.
Pronounce ‘eeeat’ with a comfortable note.
Be sure to ascend and descend form your comfortable note. And once you are comfortable with the exercise, try to do it without straining.
Note, if you start feeling pains in your throat or vocal folds, stop at once.

4. Erase all Tension from Your Tongue

Singers always add tension to their voices and this is wrong and the worst part of it is that they do not even know about this.
This exercise however, is to make sure you eradicate tension completely from your singing and help you hit those high notes with ease and not straining.
One of the ways you can eliminate straining is to keep your tongue in the right position as anything otherwise will lead to straining.

To do this, feel the underneath of your chin with your right or left thumb and make sure it is under your tongue directly then feel it as you swallow your saliva.

This notwithstanding, to sing without tension, you have to pick a song you consider being tough or a phrase of it and with this posture we have just learnt, feel the tension underneath your chin.
Once there’s a feeling of the muscles in your tongue pushing the thumb you have placed under your chin then know there’s a tension. Repeat the process until there is no tension at all.
If after this you are still experiencing the tension then sing as if your face is frozen and try singing the song or phrase of the song all over again.

5. Relax Your Larynx

Congratulations folks!

By now I believe you have been able to hit your high notes without straining.

We will however, focus on another important area that could get tensed while you sing and that is your LARYNX.

The LARYNX can also be called VOICE BOX. The voice box is a cabinet that houses all the vocal cords. While singing, singers raise and lower their larynx without knowing, especially when hitting their high notes and it is done mostly when they strain to sing.

To check tension in your LARYNX, place your thumb and finger on your larynx (voice box or Adam’s apple) then feel the ridge of your voice box with your fingers. After doing this, swallow your saliva while feeling your voice box with your fingers.

What have you noticed?

If you did it well, you must have noticed that when you swallow the saliva your Adam’s apple rises. This is what we want to eradicate. While you are singing, your voice box should not rise.

To do this, you need to do this exercise

Pick a song or a phrase from a song you have been trying to score and place your finger on your voice box gently. After doing this, feel your voice box with your fingers while singing the music phrase and take cognizance of your voice box as you endeavor not to raise your larynx while doing this and if after this you still feel tensions on your voice box, then try it over and over again till you get it.

6. Try the Dopey Sound

The truth is, most singers are very good when it comes to vocal exercises but tend to fumble when singing the actual song.

I believe you are relaxing the tension in your larynx.

Let’s get to the Dopey sound and here is how to do it.

Still take the song or the phrase of song you used in the previous exercise and with the aid of a sound that is kind of goofy-like and after this, sing the song or phrase and make it dopey.

7. Dopey Gee Exercise

It is no longer news that most at times, singers do excessively well while practicing their exercises but flop when singing the song proper but not to worry we got your back.

We have so far concentrated on the larynx and now let’s get to the singing proper.

For the high notes in your songs to relax, the Dopey gee has proven worthy to do the work..
Always remember that before a singer sounds good, he or she must have sounded awkward at some point.

To do the Dopey gee take a song or a phrase of song that is giving you tough time as usual, and make sure you feel your larynx and make sure it’s not going up and down. While still doing that, sing the song or the phrase of the song you picked with the geese sound. Also add a bit of a dopey sound to it while singing the phrase.
If you’re doing it well, you’d notice you are beginning to sound better off than when you started.

8. Engage the Bratty like Sound

After getting used to the Dopey gee exercise, the next thing to learn is to work on your tonal quality and the Bratty Sound is the best exercise for this. I recommend the Bratty Sound because it brings your vocal folds and cords together and in turn, gives you the best tone quality you can think of.

The Bratty Sound exercise is done this
way:
As usual pick a song that you feel is hard for you and then sing as if you are the playground little brat.
The sound will be nasal like but don’t worry, you will get it.

9. Concentrate on the Nay Nay Exercise

To be frank, singing the song proper and doing the exercises are two different things and the former is harder than the later because you deal on different vowel and consonant sounds while exercises may cover either one consonant or vowel sound.
My advice is, when singing, do it like a vocal exercises if you must hit those high notes.

To do the NAY NAY exercise, in a Bratty way, call the word nay over a sound or phrase of song that’s been giving you hard time.
This should be more easier than using the lyrics of the song directly.

10. Vowel Sounds Should be Narrowed

With all the nine exercises we have done, your voice should be clear and without strain by now but to wrap up the session, we will need to narrow your vowels so as to get your vocal range expanded and strains reduced.

To narrow your vowels, locate the highest pitch in a song or phrase of a song you may have been encountering difficulties.

If you have made it down to this point then congrats, you have done Noble but if you by chance still have difficulties hitting your high notes after undertaking this exercises then hit me up in the comment section…

If you have any question or Contributions then hit us up in the comment box and we’ll attain to you ASAP.

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