How to STOP Doing a Glottal Stop on High Notes

Ah high notes. The realm of squeaky, weak and airy singing. High notes are something many singers struggle with in the early stages of their singing development because they require you to have mastered (or at least greater control over) three main elements.

These are:

1. Excellent diaphragmatic support

2. Breath control

3. Muscle development


All three areas require practice and patience to master but are the key to unlocking your high note potential. To get right into the nuts and bolts of these three elements, I’ll explain in detail what each one means:


Diaphragmatic support

This means you have your breathing for singing down pat. You are able to use your diaphragm to draw in the air you need to nail those high notes. For some tips on getting your breathing working I’ve created another video on breathing for you here:

How to breathe for singing: Step #1 ‘PREPARATION’


Breath control

Breath control refers to having control over how you use your air once you have it. This means being able to let out more or less air and ‘float’ your notes over more air if you need them to sound softer (for example)


Muscle development

This refers to how strong the muscles surrounding your vocal folds are. You need to develop your muscles for different areas of your range and when it comes to high notes, your muscle development will take the longest amount of time to build up. It is because of this that makes singing high notes the most difficult to master.


To sing high notes WITHOUT adding a glottal stop to the start of each note takes time and practice but in this week’s video, I will give you a sneaky trick you can use to get you started.


So there you have it. How to STOP doing a glottal stop on high notes.

If you have come up with any singing tricks to help you with glottal stops, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Love and success,

Nicola x

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