How to Sing High Notes

Straining to hit high notes improperly can damage your vocal chords. Try these tips to reach for the top of the scale the right way.


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You Will Need

  • "Mixed voice" techniques
  • Visualization
  • Correct muscle use
  • Practice
  • Yodel practice
  • Back support
  • Books
  • Vocal coach


  1. Step 1

    Practice "mixed voice"

    Practice singing scales in a "mixed voice," which is a balance between the chest voice – the normal speaking voice, and the head voice – a much higher register.

  2. Singing high notes using only the chest voice can cause nodules and cysts to develop on the vocal chords.

  3. Step 2


    Visualize the note you are trying to reach in your head. Don't listen to the music or your voice. Instead, go by feel to reach a desired pitch.

  4. Step 3

    Use correct muscles

    Use the correct muscles for hitting high notes, which are the larynx and surrounding muscles, not the throat muscles used for swallowing.

  5. Your larynx should be still while singing high notes. If you are using the wrong muscles, it will move and cut off your air.

  6. Step 4


    Practice often, at different times of the day, and practice yodeling. Start with a note at the top of your middle range and go up in half steps until you max out.

  7. Step 5

    Lie down

    Lie down and practice singing with books on your abdomen to show air going in and out, or stand with your back against a wall to emphasize correct use of your diaphragm.

  8. Step 6

    Consider a vocal coach

    Consider training with a vocal coach, who will not only train you to sing high notes safely but also help you reach your singing goals.

  9. Did you know? Soprano Maria Callas renounced her American citizenship in 1966 in order to nullify her marriage to Giovanni Meneghini.