Sing High Notes Without Straining
Men are most comfortable singing in their low voice and yet it seems like all we want to do is sing high notes. Since we spend our lives speaking only in our low voice, we face a lot of challenges to get into our higher voice without a lot of strain and tension build up.
To make matters worse, coaches and creators of online eLearning courses for singers feel added pressure to “deliver the goods”. So, they have students begin training with loud, open-mouth exercises so the student feels they are getting value for the money right away.
However, as I discuss in the video, a more tempered approach whereby the singer begins with a heavy dose of closed-mouth and partially closed-mouth exercises to first learn to navigate from the low voice through the middle voice and into the high and very high range of our voice will produce the fastest results.
These groups of exercises are the best thing that I’ve ever discovered in my own training, and I had to figure it out myself because no one’s teaching this other than to do a quick “humming” exercise at the start of a workout before starting into the open-mouth exercises.
When we train with our mouth closed we remove 90% of the activity that causes muscle constriction in the throat when we move toward higher notes. This allows us to replace the old habits of constriction with good habits of a relaxed open throat. We can navigate our full range so much easier. And we can still add compression to our vocal folds to strengthen them.
Once we are able to move through our full range first with closed-mouth exercises, then partially-closed mouth exercises (called “semi-occluded variations”), we then begin to introduce open-mouth variations gradually, but never at the expense of bringing back all the tension.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t do any open-mouth singing exercises at all. We do them in the range of our voice where we aren’t straining and we choose the right vocal scales to work with.
Please watch the video to learn more.