How to Hit High Notes (Without Falsetto)
As a voice teacher in Austin, TX, I have students come in all the time with one question on their minds: how to hit high notes without falsetto.
I am so happy that in modern music we are seeing a resurgence of singers (especially males) who sing high notes.
So what’s that? First, a little science, then we’ll get into how to use it.
The body has different resonance chambers that vibrate according to the notes you’re singing. The most well known of these resonance locations are chest and head. Hence the names: chest voice and head voice.
For example, if you’re singing lower notes, you are more likely to feel vibrations in the thoracic or chest area. If you then sing a much higher note, you will notice that the vibrations that you used to feel in your chest moved somewhere.
To your head voice.
There are many great tips to get into head voice if you’re not familiar with it. The easiest and most familiar way is by going into an airy, light, falsetto on the higher note.
But the problem with falsetto is that it’s not a balanced sound. There’s no flexibility and there’s no power.
So back to square one. How do you hit those high notes without the falsetto?
One great tip is adding in what I call a “crying” sound. Like you’re really sad. That’s right. Blubber like a baby. Get it all out! Remember, this sound is unfinished and you won’t be performing with it.
Now, try to add a little bit of that crying sound to the high notes that you’re trying to hit. For example, if you’re trying to hit a high C with power, it might be a great idea to add your now familiar crying sound to a word like “Gee”. Repeat the high C a few times while repeating the crying “Gee, Gee” and you should hear an immediate difference. All of a sudden, the note is there and it’s not light and airy.
Soon, you can accomplish the same note without the aid of the crying sound and you’re on your way. Obviously, there is no substitute for private voice lessons, but hopefully you find this small tip helpful. If you’re having trouble achieving this sound, consider booking a trial free voice lesson so I can hear exactly what’s wrong.