Learn How To Sing Higher In 3 Easy Steps

Almost all the singers I know want to know how to sing higher. It is quite a feeling to hit a high note, hold it and then bask to the applause from the audience.

Some singers could be at the top of their range, and wondering how they can break through the barrier to access those much sought after high notes.

Other singers may just want to know how to go about increasing their range, so they can comfortably sing the songs they love.

Whatever the reason, I want to explore 3 steps that are essential to learning how to sing higher and increasing your range.

How To Sing Higher Step #1 – Technique, Technique and More Technique

The first stop on the journey to learning how to sing higher is developing a rock solid technique. Whether you do this by finding a good singing teacher, or buying an online singing course doesn’t really matter. What is important is learning how to sing correctly.

Why is this so important? Developing a good technique, will teach you how to breath and support properly, and it will also help you to hit those high notes without driving your voice as you will learn to mix the lower, middle and upper registers correctly.

Learning to mix the lower, middle and upper registers is probably one of the most difficult things a singer will need to learn during their career, but it is so beneficial, as it unlocks the coveted high C for males and the soprano notes for females.

So, once you have started on the journey to developing a solid technique – what’s next?

How To Sing Higher Step #2 – Vocal Scales and Exercises

To learn how to sing higher takes patience as well as a plan.

Some singers have learned how to sing higher just by singing songs, but I would rather increase my range another way and then have fun with songs once the notes are comfortably in my range.

I think the best way to increase your range is to sing vocal scales and exercises. Some people may think this i

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s boring, but it has distinct advantages over just singing songs:

  • Scales and exercises are generally sung on a vowel rather than needing to singing lyrics as well
  • Your range can gradually increase by singing scales that hit a note outside your range without needing to sustain it
  • You can attack the note many ways e.g. arpeggios, scales, from the bottom up, from the top down etc

Scales and exercises help you to increase your range in a structured way, rather than just singing a few songs and hoping your range increases enough to be able to hit the high notes.

Scales and exercises don’t just help you to learn how to sing higher, they also help fatten your tone, gain control over your voice, and also to sing in tune.

To improve you range, you don’t need to sing scales and exercises for hours a day. Just 15 – 30 minutes a day will help you to improve quite rapidly.

Let’s now move onto the last step……

how to sing higher image 5How To Sing Higher Step #3 – Practice and Patience

Rome was not built in a day, so you can’t expect to develop a 3+ octave range over night.

You will not only need to practice regularly (15 – 30 minutes a day), but you will also need plenty of patience. There is no need to rush it.

Don’t forget to also make this fun.  Add some songs to your practice time, so you get use to sing your newly minted high notes in the context of a song as well as scales and exercises.

Also – once you feel comfortable enough, go out and do some gigs and learn to sing the big notes under the pressure of a performance as well.

The most important thing of all is – never, ever give up. There will be times where you have plateaued and you don’t seem to be progressing, then all of a sudden, BOOM. You may get several notes at a time added to your range, and you can suddenly sing songs easily that were difficult before.

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I hope you have found this article informative and you have enough information to start to learn how to sing higher.

It is a journey, but no matter the voice type, you can increase your range and have fun while doing it. Get your self a good technique, practice those exercises and scales, and have patience.

I wish you success in all your singing endeavors

Andy Barnes

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1 Comment

  • Janne Vinko

    Reply Reply December 22, 2014

    I agree with most of the points, except for the one about vocal trills and exercises. What I prefer to do is to use siren sounds from low to high and back to low to warm up the voice and to improve intonation. I see the voice as a fretless instrument and we need to practice it as such. Just my opinion.

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