HOW TO INCREASE YOUR VOCAL RANGE EASILY
If you yearn to increase your vocal range or sing high notes without straining your voice then you are in the right place.
You can sing higher than what you are singing right now; every singer can.
Straining to sing comes with so many damages both to the voice and to the singer: It damages your vocal cords and makes your tonal quality poorer. In other words, it helps you sound awful.
Singing must be powerful and précised no matter your gender. It takes much work to achieve this because your vocal folds (just like other organs of the body), must undergo trainings and practices to achieve these high notes.
Another important factor is for you to understand your voice range, in as much as we want to sound better or hit high notes, we must not fail to know our vocal limits.
What do I mean by that?
By this I am saying that there are certain pitches you can reach as a singer and straining to go above that could be disastrous to both the vocal folds and vocal cords.
Singers in this category are always women (though some men with special abilities can also fall in this category).
Ø Soprano: Their voices spans from C4 (middle C) – C on the third space of the treble staff.
Ø Mezzo Soprano: Spans from A3 to A5
Ø Alto: Their voice spans from G3 to F5
Singers in this category are always men (though some women with special abilities can also fall in this category).
Ø Tenor: Singers in this category are always men and they sing from C3 to C5.
Ø Baritone: F2 to F4.
Ø Base: E2 to E4.
These notwithstanding, some singers with special abilities can sing above this or sing below as the case may be.
Understand that the voice ranges are inherent and if it must meet the standard you must work it out. Our voices are made differently and not everybody can sing soprano or alto or tenor or even bass.
What I recommend is that you work out your voice to meet the maximum pitch. Knowing your vocal range is the first thing you should learn as a singer and it is as important as singing itself.
Let’s get started!
Touch your toes while standing and make sure you don’t bend your knees. Stretch your muscles and hamstring while paying attention to how far you go downward. Like I said earlier, your voice is also a muscle and exercising it daily means it will get more flexible just like the exercise we did above. Exercising your muscles daily makes the muscles get used to the stretching and hence helping you to sing high notes freely.
STEPS TO SING HIGH NOTES
The best thing or step to undertake if you must hit your high notes easily is PRACTICE. The efficacy of practicing cannot be overemphasized as there is nothing that can be as efficient as practicing.
However, I will still show you some steps to take if you must achieve the result you seek quickly. I will show you three steps to speed up the process of hitting high notes.
Singing high pitches is never simultaneous to getting more air into your mouth while opening your mouth wide. This is a wrong way of singing high notes because the resultant effect will be for you to hurt your vocal folds while damaging your vocal cords.
You should rather keep your face in a relaxed posture while singing.
These are what you should do;
o Put your fingers over your chin and then make sure your thumb is under your chin (the fleshy part). Loosen the muscles while massaging the place.
o Keep your mouth open while scrunching your face up as much as possible and repeat the process for a couple of time.
o Yawning is a good exercise for stretching your jaw, practice it.
o Stretch your shoulders together with your neck; this will reduce most of the tensions that are situated there.
Breathing is as important as the singing itself. This is because breathing can either improve your singing or make it sound awkward. Mastering breathing is essential to singing and will aid you abstain from straining your voice.
To have a good breathing technique there are some exercises you must do;
Place your hand above your stomach (diaphragm) then take a deep breath while standing but make sure you are relaxed.
Make sure your shoulders are not raised when taking a deep breath. Let the breath come out of your stomach and not your chest.
Expand your diaphragm by taking large breaths.
Release the breath slowly using the “shhhhhhhh’ sound.
VOCAL WARM UP
After doing the first and second exercise, your face would have been relaxed and your breathing would have gotten better. If you have done this two exercises religiously then you are ready for this third exercise, if not, repeat exercise 1 and 2.
§ Without stocking the back of your throat, produce the ‘mmmmmmm’ sound and let it resonate in your head and sinuses.
§ Feel your lips vibrate with the sound you are producing. Start singing the ‘mmmmmm’ sound with the lowest note you can produce then alternate it with an ‘aaaaahhhhhhhh’ sound.
§ Sing through the scale while alternating between the ‘mmmmmmm’ sound and ‘aaaahhhhhh’ sound. Use your head voice to do the alternation between the ‘mmmm’ and the ‘ahhhhhh’ sound as you move up the scale till you are able to hit your highest range.
§ Do not focus on if the note is high or not but focus on the sound you are creating in your head.
§ Don’t strain to do this exercise and don’t rush. Take it slow and everything will fall in place. Take time to get each of the exercises right and apply less effort while doing it.
N/B: Also make sure you do not miss or skip days. Make the practice constant and effective on a daily basis and you will be amazed at the progress you will make.
I hope this article helped you?
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