Expanding your range requires performing exercises to sing high notes beforehand. Every singer’s voice is different, and there will always be some notes outside your range. You can still develop your range to hit notes higher than those you were able to prior to practice. Don’t give up, instead warm-up your voice with a few exercises specifically geared toward hitting higher notes. Click Here to See Per Bristow’s Interesting Method for Hitting High Notes
Warm Up Routine
Before you begin your daily singing practice, take time to run through your normal warm-up routine. While warming-up is always important, it is especially so when it comes to hitting higher notes. Vocal strain can set back your progress by weeks. It’s also better to work on extending your range later in the day. In the morning, your vocal chords are tight from not being used all night. Come afternoon, they’ve loosened up from chatting throughout the day.
Place your hand on your breast bone. Begin singing scales, starting at the midpoint of your normal range. You should feel the vibrations coming from within your chest. As you move up the scale toward your current range limits, the vibrations will move up into your throat. When you reach your limit or your voice switches to falsetto, the vibrations are coming mainly from within your throat. This point, where your sound switches from your chest to your throat, is the break point.
The note this begins on is where you need to start practicing from. Run through the scales again and attempt to control the break point so it doesn’t occur until after you sing the high note that posed you trouble. You won’t be able to control your vocal right away, but with steady practice of this exercise in singing high notes, you can add an additional note to your repertoire.
Shortening Your Vocal Chords
Shortening your vocal chords is the key to extending your range to higher notes. The shorter, or more closed, your vocals chords are as you sing, the faster they vibrate. This quick vibration, called adduction, is what leads to a higher range. The “Gi” sound naturally shortens your vocal chords. Sing through the “Gi” sound three times, with each “Gi” at a higher note than the one before it, and each set of three higher than the set before.
At first your voice may crack when you hit the first “Gi” beyond your normal vocal range. Drop down one note and build up again. Eventually, you’ll be able to extend your voice by at least one note and you can then take that skill and transfer it to begin exercises for singing high notes in your favorite songs.