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How to Hit Better High Notes while Singing

Learn how to hit better high notes from vocal coach Cari Cole in this Howcast singing tutorial.


Hi I'm Cari Cole. I'm a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I've worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I've worked with the band Journey. I'm going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer

So I'm going to teach you a few tips about how to sing better high notes. a couple of things right off the bat. One is high notes are not higher, they are actually faster speed. So that's something just to digest and to start to understand because we tend to reach up to hit high notes and the voice functions more like an elevator. As the elevator raises there is a very heavy weight pulling it down. As an elevator comes down that elevator is lifting. So the voice is very much like that pulley system. So as i sing higher [sings]. I want to think of as I sing higher actually reaching down so that I create a little bit of that weighted feeling, you could think of it as compression. And we want to create a little bit more compression and it also goes with the diaphragm movement which needs to be moving down [sing] as we sing higher. So that's you know an intellectual process, a visual process and an experiential process as you start to use that with your voice. What most people do again is that then go up as they go higher and they reach down as they go lower. You want to learn to sing like you speak which basically keeps everything more level. So for instance when you're speaking and you speak with a higher voice and you speak with a lower voice. You don't reach up for that higher voice and down for that lower voice. You keep everything the same but the muscles behind are making are making all of those adjustments. It's very similar with singing. So those two things, one was as an elevator as it raises there is a very heavy weight pulling it down so as you go higher you need a little compression and as you go lower you want to lift up so that you don't want to press down on the voice that you want to lift up. And then you want to sing like you speak. Singing like you speak makes it easier so that you're not adding that extra pressure for high notes and you're not falling on the low notes. So these are a couple of tips for how to sing better high notes.

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