The Truth About Singing High Notes
Those super high power notes may not be that high at all!
Everyone wants to sing high notes. They seem to be the ‘holy grail’ of singing for many people- especially when they are first starting out. I think it has to do with shows like Idol and The Voice showcasing singers with massive voices that hit belt notes as the camera zooms in on them and the audience goes crazy.
The problem is, that most singers go for notes that are often too high for them and the result is a horrible, cringe-worthy sound that is anything but the amazing power note they wanted to achieve.
If this has ever happened to you or if hitting the high notes you really want to sing is a struggle, then you simply must watch the video below.
In this video, I reveal a HUGE singing secret about why those high notes you’re hearing are not actually that high.
Now if you’re thinking ‘what??? I know high when I hear it’… then watch the video and I’ll explain why some notes sound high even when they’re not, and how you can sing “high notes” without straining your voice or putting any extra effort in.
High notes are not created equal. They are relative to the rest of the song. Furthermore, most songs only have around one octave of notes for the vocalist to sing (on average).
What this means is that if you have a low voice, and you start off singing a note that is low and comfortable for you and then you sing up an octave, your highest note will be much lower than the top note of someone who has a high voice and starts off further up. However, your high note will still sound amazing and high. Why? Because like I said, high notes are relative to the rest of the song.
So if you are still working on your vocal range, don’t strain to hit notes that are too high for you because they will just sound nasty, instead you can transpose the song down a few notes to a key that suits your vocal range.
Your top notes will still sound high but they won’t be a struggle for you.
If you’re not able to read music and this is the first time you’ve heard of transposition, just know that it is a singing trick that the professionals use all the time. Myself included. In a vocalist’s world its called ‘picking your key’.
Every song can be transposed down or up to a key that suits your voice.
So the main take away here is don’t strain to get high notes, just transpose.
I’ll do another post on transposition soon to explain how to do this really clearly.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
What is your greatest challenge when it comes to singing? Is it singing high notes, or something else like breathing. Whatever your challenge, please leave your comments below and I’ll see if I can help you out.
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